Art education at Messiah College
While earning a Bachelor Degree (B.S.) in art education, you will experience hands-on classroom experience before graduation.
As an art education major, it’s important to receive excellent training as both an artist and an educator—and at Messiah College, one of the top private Christian colleges in the U.S., you’ll get just that.
Art education major distinctives
- Develop the ideas and the skills necessary for work as a professional artist, educator, or art historian.
- Prepare and teach Saturday morning art classes for children from nearby urban school districts during alternating fall semesters.
- Have an opportunity to teach in an international school.
- Display your studio work in a senior advanced studies class.
- Spend six weeks student teaching at the elementary level and six weeks teaching at the secondary level.
- Join the Art League, a group that meets for critiques, films, and discussion, as well as an art sale each semester.
- Earn a Pennsylvania K-12 certification, qualifying you to teach any level in any public school in Pennsylvania.
Career options for art education majors
As a graduate of the art education program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- Art teacher
- Museum educator
Internship and teaching opportunities for art education majors
Messiah’s nationally recognized internship program places students in a variety of art education internships, in additona to their required field placement. A few examples include:
- Six weeks student teaching at the elementary level
- Six weeks student teaching at the high school level
- Local museums
- Junior art education students teach Saturday morning art classes to children from surrounding school districts.
Learn more about the Department of Visual Arts
- Well-equipped facilities including a variety of art studios, an art gallery, an art history classroom with specialized digital image projection and a darkroom.
- Graphics and technology suite with Mac computers and the latest Adobe Creative Suite software.
- Art education major provides a strong curriculum and thorough training in the arts within the framework of a liberal arts education and with commitment to a Christian world-view.
- Accredited by the National Association of Art and Design (NASAD).
- Department sponsors a complete exhibition calendar as well as annual lectures attended by the Messiah community and residents of the Harrisburg area.
- The department takes semi-annual trips to museums in New York City and other nearby cities.
- Graduates have received advances degrees from respected graduate schools across the country. Many graduates now work in fields that include careers in galleries, graphic design firms, Internet businesses, product design firms and publishing companies.
- Art faculty regularly participate in juried national exhibits and have won national design awards.
- Art faculty helped create and direct the national organization of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA).
Art education majors take almost the very same studio courses as other art majors, so you'll be uniquely equipped to be an artist-educator. You will develop the ideas and the skills necessary for work as a professional artist, educator or art historian.
As a student here, you’ll thrive in a highly rewarding, yet demanding environment—one that also integrates faithful stewardship of your creative gifts by encouraging and supporting you with open and honest affirmation.
Preparation and hands-on learning
As a student, you will prepare and teach Saturday morning art classes for children from nearby urban school districts during alternating fall semesters. You will also spend six weeks student teaching at the elementary level and six weeks teaching at the secondary level—or even at an international school if you wish!
As an art education major, you’ll see the positive results of all your hard work: our students have a 100 percent pass rate on the Praxis exam, 100 percent of graduates are state certified, and a large percentage obtain full-time teaching positions.