Art Education

art education teaching students

Make art and teach art.



Our BFA in Art Education embraces the artist-teacher concept, providing you with both a broad and focused studio background taught alongside professional education classes. We utilize the Professional Development School (PDS) model and our students are required to meet specific standards through the Center for Educator Preparation, ensuring that your education will be comprehensive and rigorous. The Art Education program enjoys good working relationships with school districts in the state of Colorado, providing you with a network to advance your career in art education. Like all of our concentrations, your coursework will be supported by our Foundations Program, giving you a visual language, a critical eye, and the technical skills to find your voice and guide others to do the same.

National Art Education Association Student Chapter

Our program has a chapter of the National Art Education Association, providing access to professional support, networking opportunities, and funds to support travel to the Colorado Art Education Association yearly conference.


Educate young minds in real-world environments.

Each of the classes in the Art Education program involves supervised teaching and service-learning experiences, giving you a unique professional experience while in the program. Career preparation is built into the curriculum, ensuring that you are well on your way to an exciting future. By collaborating with local school district art departments as well as community and CSU learning programs, you’ll craft impactful and meaningful educational experiences for primary and secondary students in the Fort Collins community and beyond.

Our handbook provides you with all the information you need and more.


Our handbook, updated yearly, is available to students and interested individuals who want to know more about our art education program. Our handbook includes 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.

Highlight your experience in a professional portfolio.

Student Work


Our students are required to prepare a portfolio highlighting their experience in the program, further supporting their career in art education. These portfolios include student teaching, service learning, and practicum teaching experiences; special projects; professional philosophies and artist statement; as well as personal and student artwork. Check out student portfolios at the links below.

Our Facilities


The D-Wing in the Visual Arts Building houses the Art Education area. Dual screen projection, a SmartBoard, digital cameras and video equipment support your learning and teaching while in the program.


The multi-purpose studio houses large worktables, looms, printmaking presses, pottery wheels and kilns, and a variety of materials and tools to support studio practices.


A large conference/resource room accommodates small group instruction, as well as AV materials, texts, and a vast selection of perodicals.

Our Faculty