BA in Art Education

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Trinity's art education program connects personal instruction — the advantage of a small program— to Chicago's vibrant professional arts and design scenes, an advantage many schools much larger than Trinity don't have. Students develop technical skills at the same time they study art history in order to understand the background for their work; this also helps them operate successfully in the world of contemporary art. Because they study with faculty members who are professionally successful themselves, they not only get knowledge that is current, but also get an inside view of the art world from a professionally active faculty. To put it another way, if you study at Trinty, you will study with working artists who provide roles models for how a Christian artist might think and act in the art world.

Art Educator, Sarah Gindville'09, with her students in the Peoria School Discrict.

Art education majors take about 14 of the 40 courses required for graduation in art —some students take more, completing the art studio major as well. Art education students earn a larger minor taking 12 courses in education —including teacher aiding and a student teaching internship. The rest of the course work is in the college's general education sometimes called "Core studies" which accounts for 35% of college course work.

Within the 14 courses required of art education majors, three courses are devoted to their area of specialization; the department encourages students to take one or two more. Six foundation courses provide skills in design, drawing, painting, sculpture, print and digital media; these are required by the state of Illinois in order to create a broad body of skills necessary for classroom teaching. Four courses cover art history and theory and finally two courses deal with methods for teaching art at a developmentally appropriate level. Art education students can meet the requirements for both Art Education and Art Studio programs by taking an additional four courses (figure drawing, aesthetics and two advanced studio courses).

Freshmen courses build a range of basic skills. Sophomores typically choose an area in which to specialize and continue their study at an intermediate level. During senior year, art education students do a student teaching internship in local schools. The Art Education program culminates in an exhibition in the Seerveld Gallery as part of Senior Seminar.

The broad background of a liberal arts degree gives art education students a flexible approach to creative problem solving. The work they do in art sn contextualized against the art scenes in Chicago, New York and beyond. You can see what some of our art education alumni are up to here.