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Art Education

Why pursue a degree in Art Education at North Central College?

In art education, 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. Our facilities are outfitted with studios for painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and interactive media. You’ll find your creative voice as a professional artist and have plenty of opportunities to share it in our dedicated gallery spaces.

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. Graduates are also prepared for a wide range of teaching possibilities in community art centers, children’s museums, art museums, parks and recreation departments and arts organizations.


  • Creating and discussing art
  • Helping students turn creative energy into works of art
  • Educating the next generation

then a degree in ART EDUCATION might be for you.

Why study art education at North Central College?

In the Classroom

Art and Design Coursework:

  • 2-Dimensional Design
  • 3-Dimensional Design
  • Art History
  • Ceramics
  • Digital Art and Design
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Education Coursework:

  • Assessment of Learning
  • Content Area Literacies
  • Educational Technology
  • Elementary Methods
  • Equitable Learning Environments
  • Equity and Access in Systems of Education
  • Field Experience
  • Foundations of Teaching and Learning
  • Psychology
  • Student Teaching Residency
  • Teaching Students with Disabilities

Beyond the Classroom

As an art education major, you can:

  • Participate in the Senior Art Show, solo and group exhibits, and juried events in the College’s dedicated exhibit spaces and local art galleries
  • Network with prominent artists at on-campus gallery exhibits and talks
  • Experience world-class art and architecture at galleries and museums in Chicago and Naperville
  • Conduct undergraduate research and present your findings at the College’s Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research
  • Join the National Art Education Association, Artists Club, Photography Club or Ceramics Club
  • Apply for competitive talent scholarships in art
  • Access the University Partner Program offered by the Art Institute of Chicago:
    • North Central students can gain admittance to the AIC free of charge with their North Central Student ID
    • Experience lectures, educational programs, and other special events

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.

Required Courses

One of the following:

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

One of the following:

Senior Art Exhibit/Capstone


*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:

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.


  • Art facilitator, DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville


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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