The Art Education major trains students to combine their passion for fine arts with their learned expertise in developing curricula for the visual arts. Art Education students are dually enrolled in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Education, allowing them to take studio arts courses and interdisciplinary electives in conjunction with education theory and cultural foundations. Students of this major leave college well-prepared to become innovative educators and advocates of the arts in schools and the communities they serve.

Sample Courses

Core coursework covers studio art, methods of teaching art, and curriculum development. Sample courses include:

  • Special Topics in Foundation Drawing
  • Special Problems in Art Ed
  • Methods and Practice in Teaching Art
  • Philosophy & Foundations of Art Education Practice
  • Arts and Ideas

Practical Experience

The Art Education major offers learning opportunities outside the classroom for students as a supplement to the coursework.

  • Participate in an Art in New York City, MAYmester course.
  • Attend SU’s University Lectures and Syracuse Symposium events.
  • Teach art to children ages 5 to 15 in weekly workshops.
  • Student teach in a variety of classroom settings at local schools.
  • Network as a member of the Syracuse University Student Art Education Association.

Study Abroad

Support your resume and expand your perspective with a study abroad experience during your time at the University. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., SU Abroad offers more than 100 programs in 60 countries. Art Education students often go abroad in Florence, Italy.

Life after Syracuse University

With a degree in Art Education you can pursue careers including:

  • Art Director
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Art Teacher
  • Professor

Or, continue on and earn a graduate degree in areas such as art leadership, business, or art education. Past graduates have continued their education at many of the top graduate schools in the U.S.

Learn more about Art Education.