About Art Education
Our program embraces the artist-teacher concept which allows students to develop a strong studio practice while preparing to teach art at the K-12 level. The program is comprehensive, meaning students take coursework to prepare them to teach at the elementary and secondary school levels. Two degree options exist for students, a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in Art Education (link to checksheet) or a B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts) with an additional concentration in Art Education (link to checksheet). The B.F.A. degree provides students with a stronger studio background and is chosen by many students. The Art Education program enjoys good working relationships with school districts in the state of Colorado. Art Education students are required to meet specific standards when officially applying to the program. This is usually done during the second semester of the sophomore year. The requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program can be obtained from the Center for Educator Preparation (CEP)
Art Education Handbook
This handbook is made available to students and interested individuals who want to know specific information about the art education program. This material is updated at the beginning of each academic year. Contents of the handbook include: program highlights, detailed curricula and programs of study, application and testing requirements, scholarship information, as well as information about the art education facilities and faculty. The handbook is accessible here
- Students involved in integrated teaching experiences throughout the program.
- Each art education class involves a supervised teaching/service learning experience with a wide range of students and educational settings
- Technology infused learning and teaching
- State-of-the-art facilities
- Student chapter of the National Art Education Association
- Close collaboration with local school district art departments, community and CSU programs including:
- The Lab School for Creative Learning, Poudre School District
- Community Connections, Poudre School District
- Cooper Home, Poudre School District
- Artistic Abilities, City of Fort Collins
- BRAINY (Bringing Arts INtegration to Youth), CSU Art Museum
- Polaris Expeditionary Learning School
Students conclude the art education program by preparing a portfolio highlighting: student teaching, service learning and practicum teaching experiences; special projects; professional philosophies and artist statement; as well as personal and student art work. Selected examples of student work can be found at:
- Nanette Bertoni
- Lizzy Clay
- Chandon Hammersmith
- Jenna Lewis
- Allison McGinnis
- Jenna Mishoe
- Nicole Stuehm
- Tiffany Trotter
- Calla Urban
Students Speak Out about Art Education at CSU
My experience in Colorado State University’s Art Education program–specifically with Dr. Fahey–prepared me for the classroom better than I could have hoped. Art education theory is taught concurrently with practicum experiences, allowing students to create meaning and apply those theories in context—a surprisingly rare experience in many education programs, regardless of the content area.
–Craig Moyer, 2002
The Art Education program at Colorado State University was a perfect balance between studio art and education classes for me. The emphasis on the concept of being an artist teacher instilled in me the importance of maintaining a studio practice while teaching, and as a result has made me a better teacher and artist. I left the program prepared and excited for the challenges that face art educators today!
–Laura Cronen, 2005
I am very grateful for the opportunity that the Department of Art Education at Colorado State University has afforded me. I was fortunate enough to take classes with a passionate and enthusiastic group of faculty, instructors, and classmates. The instructors in the Colorado State University Art Education Department played a transformational role in my life and instilled in me a keen desire to mature as an educator. The rich foundation I gleaned at CSU inspired a trajectory of continued learning as I pursued a Masters in Gifted and Talented Education, enabling me to accept a teaching position in the Poudre School District as an art instructor and Gifted/Talented Coordinator at Preston Middle School.
–Rachael (Browning) Ibanez, 2009
Going into college I was still unsure if I wanted to stick with art education, or art, or completely change my major altogether, but after meeting Colorado State University’s friendly and supportive staff I knew I had to stick with it. Although it was bumpy at first, the classes within CSU Art Education gave me the knowledge and, more importantly, the experience to go forward confidently into a career in art education. The staff, and especially Patrick Fahey, work hard to provide you with numerous valuable experiences that not only give you knowledge, but help you to develop your personal strengths.
–Becca Black, 2013
My years studying art education at Colorado State University are among my most cherished memories. The courses were always relevant, challenging, and rewarding. All of my professors were open to my ideas and helped me become the art educator I am today. I try to model the creative welcoming feeling in my classes that I experienced at CSU.
–Ashley Hall, 1999