Being an artist is a mindset - it’s not really about what you make. It’s a way of seeing the world differently and a way of thinking.
— Allyson Gallagher BFA '16, MAT '17 and now Art Teacher, Wayne Elementary, PA Art Education (BFA+MAT)

Being a strong art teacher starts with being a strong artist.
UArts can prepare you to be both.

  • Major in studio arts (Illustration, Graphic Design, Photography, Painting + Drawing, etc.)
  • Complete your BFA in 4 years
  • Complete your art education grad degree in one additional year
  • Leave UArts with two degrees in 5 years
  • Become eligible for PreK-12 Art Education Certification

Our students expand their careers and professional skills. 

Students benefit from professional development opportunities offered every semester and required teaching practicums built on our vast network of practicing art educators.

Students participate in annual Professional Development Conference hosted at UArts. Over 100 educators attend each year


Program faculty are passionate and celebrated educators and artists who work closely with students to foster a supportive and challenging learning environment. Program Director and Assistant Professor Rande Blank has been dedicated to training pre-service teachers and provides professional development for the students in Art + Design Education.

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Rande Blank
Rande Blank

Art Education (MAT)
Robin Brewer Faculty
Robin Brewer

Art Education (MAT)
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Jessica Masino Drass

Art Education (MAT)

Sample Curriculum:

Duration: with careful planning, students can complete both a BFA in a major of their choosing and the MAT in Visual Arts Education in just one additional year.

Please note: Additional pre-requisite/co-requisite coursework may need to be completed to meet certification requirements.

Courses Completed as an Undergraduate

Presentation Skills (1c)
Introduction to Visual Arts Education (2c)
Creative and Cognitive Development (3c)
Professional Writing Intensive (2c)
Art and Inclusionary Education (3c)
Program Design & Methods: Elementary (3c)
Aesthetics and Art Criticism (3c)
History of Ideas in Art & Museum Education (3c)

Courses Completed as a Graduate

The Art of Teaching (3c)
Meeting Needs of English Language Learners (3c)
Saturday Practicum (3c)
Student Teaching: Elementary (4c)
Student Teaching: Secondary (4c)
Student Teaching Seminar: Elementary/Secondary (1c)
Research in Education: Methods and Trends (3c)
Art and Inclusionary Education(3c)
Service Learning (1c)
The Art of Teaching (3c)
And complete one elective in subjects like Online Teaching and Learning or Interactive Media (3c)


This program is designed to enable a student, through carefully planned coursework, to earn any BFA in an arts or design discipline with a minor in Art Education in four years and a Master of Arts in Teaching Visual Arts in one additional year.  The MAT is a professional degree program that incorporates preparation for the Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate, including a 14 week student teaching practicum.  The program offered by the department of Art & Design Education is designed to permit a student majoring in an art or design field to use his or her undergraduate years as a key step toward certification (licensure) as a PK-12 Art or Design teacher.  The University awards the degree and the Pennsylvania Department of Education awards the teaching certificate on successful completion of praxis exams.

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Alumni of the program currently teach in schools throughout the nation, at charter schools such as the William Penn Charter School and Young Scholar Frederick Douglas Charter School, at public schools such as M.H. Stanton Elementary School and Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in Pennsylvania, and in the St. Vrain Valley School District in Colorado, and have even founded their own schools. Ginger Huebner MAT ’03 is the founding director at Roots + Wings School of Art and Design in Asheville, N.C., and is playing a key role in providing quality arts education to school-age children and adults in her community. She applied for the MAT, she says, because she “wanted to learn how to teach,” and throughout the program was able to hone in on her ability to teach while maintaining a prolific and successful career as a professional artist.

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Allyson Gallagher BFA '15 (Fine Arts) MAT '17 (Visual Arts Education)
Allyson Gallagher

BFA '15, MAT '17

Art Education (BFA+MAT)
Art Teacher, Wayne Elementary, PA
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Morgan Penza

BFA '16, MAT '17

Art Education (BFA+MAT)
Art Teacher for Adults and Children with Special Needs

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