Art Education

About the art education major

Herron’s art education programs prepare you to teach art in public and private schools, grades K–12. In the diverse settings of Indianapolis schools and museums, you'll learn the reflective practice of teaching young people of all backgrounds to create and to respond to art in today’s world. You'll examine the visual development of young people and construct learning environments where social imagination and visual literacy skills flourish. This major combines classes from Herron and the School of Education.

Skills and abilities this major develops: teaching, curriculum, writing, fine art skills, and cultural competency (Herron School of Art and Design, 2017).

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • 3D design
  • 4D studio
  • Drawing
  • Field experience
  • Foundations of art education
  • Teaching students with special needs

Possible careers

  • Art educator (K–12)
  • Museum curator
  • Nonprofit program coordinator
  • Professor*
  • School administrator*
  • Studio artist

*These careers require additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Community art center
  • Education
  • Elementary and secondary schools
  • IU Indianapolis or Ivy Tech
  • Newfields
  • Nonprofits

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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