|Art Education Faculty|
Dr. Mary Elizabeth Meier
The Bachelor of Science in Art Education major offers two concentrations designed to prepare students as K-12 educators and cultural workers in the arts. Students develop as artists and interlocutors, enabled to make critical judgments, historical inquiries, and aesthetic responses to the expressive arts.
Students who complete the Teacher Certification concentration are highly qualified to earn a state department of education instructional certificate to teach art in per-kindergarten through twelfth grade teaching-learning situations.
The Community Arts concentration prepares graduates for work in museums, arts agencies, and community centers.
The well-balanced curriculum includes courses in visual arts production, art history, and professional education as well as course options in related fields of anthropology, education, psychology, and sociology. Both concentrations included field experiences, student teaching or internships in the arts. Students develop leadership skills, organize programs, and write curriculum to meet the needs of their constituents and the expectations of the National Core Arts Standards. Elective courses allow individuals to personalize their EU experience.
The Bachelor of Science in Art Education is a four year undergraduate program leading to art education teaching certification (kindergarten to twelfth grade). The philosophy of the program is that the art teacher should be an artist/art educator. In this program students develop their skills as artists, and learn to make historical inquiries, critical judgments, and aesthetic responses to art.
The concentration in Community Arts provides additional career choices for students interested in alternative teaching and therapeutic situations outside the K-12 public school system. Students will be able to focus on community programs, museums, and mental health arenas as well as the traditional K-12 system. The Community Arts track includes emphasis on sociology, anthropology, and communication studies in preparation for museums and community centers.
The Bachelor of Arts in Art History is a four-year undergraduate degree program in the history and theory of art and art criticism. Courses examine painting, sculpture, architecture, decorative arts, environmental art, performance art, body art, film, and video. The program incorporates both traditional and more recent approaches to the study of art. Approaches include stylistic analysis, connoisseurship and iconography, as well as social history, interdisciplinary study, and deconstructive strategies. Students begin with broad overviews of Western and non-Western art and period courses in Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, 18th, 19th and 20th and contemporary studies. More advanced classes focus on issues stimulated by ideological, gender, ethnic, and political perspectives. Courses also provide a background in art theory, criticism, and methodologies such as semiotics, feminism, deconstruction, and post- structuralism.
The purpose of the Art History Minor is to encourage the student to develop a deeper understanding of the visual culture and context of a range of historical periods, media, and cultural perspectives that will serve to enrich and broaden their performance in their major program.
The General Art minor builds on a solid foundation of Art and Art History coursework, allowing students to pursue a unique direction that may not be possible with a minor in a single specific discipline or concentration area.