Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art, Art Education
Format: In person on the Armstrong Campus in Savannah
Credit Hours: 124
Pursue your dream to teach art to young people.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art, Art Education program at Georgia Southern University is a professional undergraduate degree designed for individuals who have a desire to teach others about art.
The Art Education concentration equips students to become model teachers to meet the evolving needs of educational environments. Students will explore a variety of art media and art history courses to assist int he development of professional knowledge of fundamental art concepts, materials, and teaching techniques. In addition, students take a series of educational theory and art methods courses that provide the skills to prepare and implement an effective curriculum for any elementary, middle, or secondary school grade level.
Art Education students must complete student teaching and must pass the GACE Art Education Assessment Exam used to certify art teachers in Georgia.
The primary career for a student of art education is teaching at the elementary, middle and secondary levels in public or private schools.
Employment for art educators is available widely throughout Chatham County, as it is in rapidly growing school systems in adjacent Bryan, Liberty and Effingham counties and nearby South Carolina. Additionally, there are many private schools in the area that employ both full- and part-time art teachers. Besides these primary career positions, jobs are available with institutions such as day care centers, art camps, art centers, museums and church-related programs. Graduates holding this degree have enjoyed excellent success finding jobs around the area in art education. Beginning salaries usually start around $33,000 and extend beyond $45,000 for candidates with experience and further degrees. Median salaries are in the $50,000-$60,000 range.
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The program offers small classes and dedicated art instructors who believe in the importance of art to people of all cultures. Although not required, it is recommended that serious art education students augment their coursework through volunteer work in public and private schools. Gaining valuable experience early eases the transition into the teaching profession.
Along with working with local educators, students have the opportunity to be involved with art museums and numerous galleries located in Savannah. Major cities with art resources are within a half-day driving distance from campus.
Last updated: 6/1/2023