At a glance: Art Education
The ONU Center for Teacher Education program is recognized by Ohio’s Department of Education as an approved teacher preparation program, which means that ONU graduates meet requirements for licensure in art PreK-12.
100 percent of art education teacher candidates who graduated within the last five years have passed their Praxis II (area content) exam.
ONU’s PK-12 Multi-Age Visual Arts program is aligned with state and national art standards. The University System of Ohio's Board of Regents recently re-approved the program.
The art education major is an intensive full-time teacher preparation program that enables students to earn a PreK-12 licensure as a teacher. ONU's program is designed to prepare its candidates to be not only accomplished art educators, but also articulate advocates for the role of art in PreK-12 education.
Students in the Department of Art and Design obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in art education. The educational program integrates art and design courses, professional education requirements from the education department, and the liberal arts (general education) program.
- Comprehensive curriculum gives students exposure to 2-D and 3-D form, theory and practices.
- Professors are dedicated artists, designers, teachers, scholars and mentors.
- Opportunities abound for field experience at primary and secondary schools.
- Visiting artist program brings to campus accomplished artists.
- Study-abroad programs in locations such as Italy, Ireland and France expose students to the exciting and wide world of culture and art.
- Numerous talent awards and scholarships are granted to gifted students.
The Department of Art and Design is housed in the Wilson Art Center for the Visual Arts, providing students with updated equipment, resources, wireless capabilities, and a stimulating environment in which to work. Most beginning courses meet in the drawing studio, which is well-equipped with drawing tables, group work stations and storage space to meet the individual needs of students. The students also have access to the design computer studio. This space contains the latest Macintosh computers, scanners, color and black and white laser printers, digital cameras, updated software and a small periodical library. A art education studio, located next to the student lounge, is well equipped with drafting tables, light board tables, and group work stations. Most class presentations take place in the lecture room, located adjacent to the visual resource library. This department library contains thousands of slides to numerous videotapes, DVDs and books for instruction.
The students' senior capstone projects are displayed in the Elzay Gallery of Art. The gallery is connected to the classroom-studio building by a loggia and is used to display work of artists of invited exhibitions and student shows throughout the year. Other studio/classrooms located in the Wilson Art Center include a painting studio and a printmaking studio. A variety of gas electric, soda, and raku kilns and furnaces are adjoined to the ceramics and sculpture studios.
Kappa Pi National Art Honorary, AIGA/The Professional Association for Design, and the Student Art League.
The National Art Education Association chapter provides students a transition from art education preparation to professional practice; raises and maintains a high standard of quality art education of campus and in the community; gains greater insight and perspective about the teaching of art and contemporary concepts in art education; sponsors service projects such as exhibits, field trips, speakers, etc.; promotes an exchange of ideas in art education; and advocates as a career both art education and other areas of art.
The department of art and design is committed to teaching and learning through an intensive, structured and sequential program of visual studies and liberal arts education. Our goal is to develop students as creative, productive and intellectually curious artists and designers capable of historical and cultural insight, critical thinking and technical proficiency in an area of emphasis.
Art and design graduates can pursue many fulfilling career paths. Alumni who enter the teaching field are trained to be competent in all areas of visual arts taught in public schools (K-12). Other alumni have embarked on exciting careers at companies such as American Greetings and Art American in Cleveland, Ceramics Monthly magazine and the American Ceramics Society in Columbus, The New England Journal of Medicine in Massachusetts, Dr. Pepper in Texas, ABC Carpet and Home in New York City, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Walt Disney Company in Florida, Periscope (Mercury) Studio in Washington and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Recent graduates have pursued graduate education in the fine arts, design education, or administration at institutions such as Indiana University, Bowling Green State University, University of Michigan, Kent State University, University of Cincinnati, Seton Hill University and Edinboro University.
Careers in art education: kindergarten/elementary art teacher, middle or high school art teacher, college professor (with a MFA degree), adult education instructor, state arts council employees, arts management organization employees and education administrators.