The University offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) in art education that prepares students to become licensed
as teachers of the visual arts in kindergarten-12, and to supervise art programs at these levels.
The Art Education Program is designed to develop broad and versatile creative abilities while providing a
highly professional education that prepares students for teaching careers as well as future graduate study.
Students are encouraged to think and work creatively, and to become engaged members of a variety of artistic and scholarly communities.
Each student receives professional guidance and participates in annual department assessment reviews that serve to enhance his or her scholastic and creative development.
Coursework includes three components:
The productive component, or studio area, teaches students basic concepts and skills and technical proficiencies.
The appreciative component, including aesthetics, art history, and art criticism, gives students philosophical, historical, and critical bases for viewing art of the past and present.
The professional component provides students with the knowledge and abilities related to education in general and art education in particular. This is done through classroom laboratory and clinical experience in creative abilities in the classroom. It also cultivates confidence in students as educators who can effectively teach a comprehensive art curriculum.
Students gain teaching skills through classroom and field experiences in the Bayh College of Education and the College
of Arts and Science—and through their required student teaching experience.
The Art Education Program is distinguished by the smallness of its classes and a curriculum that strikes a balance between traditional
art-making processes and cutting-edge technology. Spacious studios and ample equipment enhance hands-on experiences.
Courses are conducted in over 70,000 square feet of professionally equipped and maintained space. The Fine Arts Building houses the graphic design and computer art studios, classrooms, the art education facility, an extensive slide library, and departmental offices. Studios for painting, photography, printmaking, papermaking, and drawing are located in historic Fairbanks Hall.
The Fine Arts Annex houses ceramics and sculpture.
Students gain exposure to artists of national and international significance through a regular schedule of exhibitions and lectures in the
University Art Gallery. The Bare-Montgomery Gallery provides students with the opportunity to exhibit their own
work or to curate exhibitions of student work. Other gallery spaces, including the University's Permanent Collection, provide students with additional opportunities to view or exhibit artwork.
The department offers a number of student organizations, including the student chapter of the Art Educators Association of Indiana and the Omega Chapter of the Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity. In addition, students may participate in community activities such as the Terre Haute Street Fair and the Summer Youth Art Program at the Swope Art Museum, located in Terre Haute.
In addition, the Department of Art and Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and the Art Education Program
is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the Department of Art and Design awards several scholarships and juried prizes.
Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.
Currently enrolled students should contact the following:
The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of
authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any
academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the
requirements at any time.