Visual Art Education

The Visual Art Education program in the School of Creative Arts (SOCA) at the University of Saint Francis is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This high-quality, student-centered program will allow you to make art and continue your own artistic development while helping pre-K through 12th graders develop their creative expression.

The Visual Art Education program emphasizes studio practice as well as teaching practice in elementary and secondary school settings. With a Bachelor of Science in Visual Art Education, you will be prepared to become licensed to teach art education to kindergarten through 12th grade students.

In the Visual Art Education program, you will have access to the School of Creative Arts’ (SOCA) state-of-the-art facilities and experienced professional faculty. You will also be able to take advantage of opportunities, including:

  • Training in leading-edge digital media applications
  • A vibrant lecture series
  • Regional, national and international gallery exhibitions
  • Study abroad experiences

Program highlights

When you enroll in the Visual Art Education program, you will become a member of the University of Saint Francis Art Education Society, a chapter of the National Art Education Association and the Indiana Art Education Association.

Art Education Society activities include participation in:

  • State and national conferences
  • On-campus and community activities
  • The Annual Foundation for Art and Music in Elementary Education (FAME) Arts Festival
  • Scholastic art competitions

The Visual Art Education program will also provide you with multiple field experiences in a variety of elementary and secondary public and private schools to fully prepare you for teaching. Unlike many other art education programs, USF allows you to work in school settings during your very first year as a student.

Other opportunities to gain teaching experience include:

  • Saturday Morning Art – children’s weekend art classes for first through eighth graders
  • Art in the Morning – children’s summer art classes for first through sixth graders
  • Pre-College Summer Art Academy – a high school summer art academy for ninth through 12th grade students
  • Jesters – a performing arts troupe and visual art program for children and young adults with special needs