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Art and Design Programs

Combine your creative interests with our support to achieve your educational goals.

Whether you aspire to be an artist, a designer or an educator, we can provide an engaging educational experience to enhance your academic success.

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B.A. in Art Education

The bachelor of arts in art education provides a liberal arts foundation, with specialized skills in studio art, curriculum planning, and teaching strategies. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills used by artists in a range of studio arts, which will shape your philosophy as an art educator. This program will prepare you to teach elementary, middle school, or high school art, with a strong foundation in art and a solid understanding of the role of artist and educator.

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Program Highlights

  • Develop visual sensitivity in the creation of compelling artwork
  • Acquire technical skills and perceptual understanding
  • Gain understanding and knowledge of history, theory, and criticism of art and design
  • Achieve ability to teach using an interdisciplinary approach to art education
  • Inspire creativity in the next generation of students


Purdue University Fort Wayne is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

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Requirements and Curriculum Overview

Our comprehensive curriculum and diverse requirements will challenge you to go further than you ever imagined. Check out what you can expect as you advance through our program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree, students will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Utilize perceptual and conceptual skills to solve programs creatively in art/design media
  • Implement 2D and 3D design principles to create compelling and effective works of art and design in a variety of traditional and digital media
  • Demonstrate an understanding and competency of technical skills in traditional and digital art/design media to effectively communicate and express ideas
  • Effectively analyze and critique works of art/design in verbal and written forms, using visual vocabulary and familiarity with the works and intentions of of major artists/designers and movements of the past and present
  • Demonstrate effective visual, verbal, and written communication skills and an aptitude to apply those skills
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of art education in the classroom and the community, as well as the history of education in the United States
  • Apply functional knowledge of basic art and design practical experiences and opportunities, as well as professional ethics
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the language of art, how it relates to the social and cultural experiences of P-12 students, and how it is best taught in schools
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of state and national standards and how they are connected to learning experiences in the art curriculum
  • Demonstrate knowledge of teaching methods, learning strategies, art processes and materials for teaching art in the classroom, elementary through secondary
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a theme-based, interdisciplinary approach to art education through written curriculum materials
  • Demonstrate an understanding of child development, special needs, and how these topics relate to approaches to teaching art in the inclusive classroom
  • Demonstrate knowledge about art and its significance in a variety of cultures and how a multicultural approach operates in the art curriculum
  • Exhibit artistic ability in portfolio review submissions and senior gallery exhibitions
  • Demonstrate proficiency in teaching through observations and the capstone student teaching semester