Develop your own artistic vision and foster the creativity of young people. Develop your own artistic vision and foster the creativity of young people. Develop your own artistic vision and foster the creativity of young people. Develop your own artistic vision and foster the creativity of young people. Develop your own artistic vision and foster the creativity of young people.

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Art & Theatre

Art Education

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Why choose art education at North Central College?

You’ll develop your own artistic vision and foster the creativity of young people. North Central’s exceptional art education curriculum includes plenty of studio time in our top-notch art facilities. The program also addresses current issues in K-12 education and leads to licensure by the State of Illinois. Because North Central graduates complete at least 155 pre-residency teaching hours, it’s no surprise that they enjoy extremely high teacher placement rates.

You may also:

  • Participate in the Senior Art Show, solo or group shows, and in juried exhibitions in the College's dedicated exhibit spaces.
  • Experience world-class art and architecture by attending galleries, museum openings and exhibits in Chicago and Naperville.
  • Join the National Art Education Association, Artists Club, Photography Club or Ceramics Club, which invite guest artists to campus and plan field trips.
  • Apply for competitive talent scholarships in art.

More Department information

Art Education, B.A.

Art education majors develop problem-solving skills and creative design thinking strategies through analysis, critique and creation of works of art. Students explore a range of media in foundational studio courses and refine their art practice in advanced courses, culminating in a senior art exhibition.  Students pair the major with secondary education and are prepared for K-12 Art Teaching Certification as well as a wide range of teaching possibilities in community art centers, children's museums, art museums, parks and recreation departments and arts organizations. 

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Art and Design.

Major Requirements

Required Courses

  • ARTD 107 - 2D Design: Explorations in Image Making

    ARTD 107 - 2D Design: Explorations in Image Making

    4 credit hours

    A foundations course focused on process, study and application of core concepts of visual design — visual elements, principles of design and creative process. Course objectives include creative problem solving through acquisition of technical skills and introduction to a variety of materials.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 120 - Drawing I: Observational Drawing

    ARTD 120 - Drawing I: Observational Drawing

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory drawing course focused on pictorial composition and black and white drawing media. Students sharpen perceptual awareness through drawing from direct observation and explore space, line, value, shape, form, texture, perspective and sighting and measuring.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 130 - Painting I: Materials, Tools and Techniques

    ARTD 130 - Painting I: Materials, Tools and Techniques

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory painting course focused on the visual language of painting and the basics of pictorial composition. Students explore the fundamentals of color theory as well as the materials, tools and techniques of painting from various periods.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 120 recommended.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to digital imaging, computer graphics and graphic design to communicate messages using digital visuals. Emphasizes hands-on computer experience with digital image manipulation techniques, drawing and editing tools that allow students to create computer based graphic arts, design and page layout.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 150 - Ceramics I: Introduction to Form and Techniques

    ARTD 150 - Ceramics I: Introduction to Form and Techniques

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to clay placing an emphasis on hand building and wheel throwing techniques. Exploration of designing, decorating and firing procedures that address concepts of three-dimensional design and connections to historical and contemporary ceramics.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 160 - 3D Design: Form and Space

    ARTD 160 - 3D Design: Form and Space

    4.00 credit hours

    A studio foundation course focused on process, study, and application of core concepts of art and design through the form and structure of three-dimensional space. Course objectives explore creative problem solving through acquisition and development of conceptual and technical skills by using a variety of materials.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Sustaining Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:
  • ARTD 210 - Printmaking I

    ARTD 210 - Printmaking I

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of printmaking processes focused on the contemporary and historical roles of the multiple.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 107 and ARTD 120 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 260 - Sculpture I: Modern and Contemporary

    ARTD 260 - Sculpture I: Modern and Contemporary

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the critical principles and communicative possibilities of sculpture. Methods include exploring and researching the conceptual and technical works of modern and contemporary artists and their material exploration. The key concepts, materials and processes of sculpture using carving, modeling and construction are developed through individual projects, analysis and reflection.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

Studio Art Electives

  • Four credit hours from studio art electives at the 200-level
  • Eight credit hours from studio art electives at the 300-level
    • Note: Studio electives should be from different methods for breadth

Art History Courses

  • ARTH 100 - World Art Histories I

    ARTH 100 - World Art Histories I

    4.00 credit hours

    Art history survey of visual art and architecture until 1400 CE. Geographic regions considered include the Mediterranean, Near East, Europe, Asia and Africa, emphasizing interactions between cultures.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 102 - World Art Histories II

    ARTH 102 - World Art Histories II

    4.00 credit hours

    Art history survey of visual art and architecture from 1400 CE through today. Geographic regions considered include the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa, emphasizing interactions between cultures.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:
  • ARTH 302 - Modern Art

    ARTH 302 - Modern Art

    4.00 credit hours

    Historical development of modernism in the visual arts and architecture 1870-1970. Emphasis on theory, research and writing.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 100 or ARTH 102.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 304 - Contemporary Art

    ARTH 304 - Contemporary Art

    4.00 credit hours

    Historical development of contemporary art internationally in the visual arts and architecture 1960-today. Emphasis on theory, research and writing.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 100 or ARTH 102.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

Senior Art Exhibit/Capstone

  • ARTD 496 - Exhibition I: Research and Development

    ARTD 496 - Exhibition I: Research and Development

    0.00-1.00 credit hours

    Students generate viable exhibition project proposals through research and discussion. The proposals are presented for evaluation to a panel of review. The course forms the basis of projects to be presented at the senior student exhibition, the capstone experience of art and design majors.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior or Senior Standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 498 - Exhibition II: Production and Installation

    ARTD 498 - Exhibition II: Production and Installation

    0.00-1.00 credit hours

    Capstone experience where students produce exhibition projects that demonstrate their ability to design, justify, execute and present the results of original research based projects. Students work closely with an assigned project advisor, in addition to participating in supporting workshops, presenting at the senior student exhibition and defending the work at a final critique panel.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior or Senior Standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Notes:

*ARTD 496 and ARTD 498 do not count toward the 400-level studio art electives (can be taken for 0 credits for Art Education majors)

*ARTD 190 is a recommended course

Education Requirements

Completion of the Secondary Education major requirements and the following courses:

  • EDUC 331 - Elementary Methods: Art

    EDUC 331 - Elementary Methods: Art

    4.00 credit hours

    An interactive study of art education issues and practices for the elementary portion of K-12 Art Teacher certification. Through discussion, observation and modeling, students use state goals and curricula to develop a meaningful, integrated art program. The focus is on sequential skill building, expressive content lessons and teaching strategies based on the physical, social and emotional needs of the grades 1-6 student.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program, ARTD 107,  ARTD 120 and ARTD 160. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 332.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 332 - Elementary Field Experience: Art

    EDUC 332 - Elementary Field Experience: Art

    1.00 credit hours

    Provides students with an extended field experience in an elementary school art classroom supervised jointly by an NCC supervisor and the classroom teacher. Students complete 50 hours of supervised field work, applying research-based methods to actual teaching situations in the elementary school setting. At least twice during the term, an NCC supervisor observes the students as they conduct lessons and conducts a follow up conference in which the student and supervisor evaluate and discuss the lesson. Students are required to provide proof of health insurance. Registration for this course at least 15 days prior to the first day of the term is strongly encouraged as additional background checks may be required; an additional fee could be incurred based on district requirements for background checks. Background check required. Tuberculosis test required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 331.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Studio Art Education Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Internships

  • Art facilitator, DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville

Careers

Recent graduates in art education include:

  • Aurora school districts
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • East Aurora School District 131
  • Naperville School District 203
  • Indian Prairie School District 204
  • Plainfield School District 202
     

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