Art Education

B.F.A.B.S.Ed. Major

A degree in art education from Concordia University, Nebraska gives you a broad range of skills with studio- and design-based courses that provide models for both learning and leading in a classroom. Coupled with coursework in art history, you will gain exposure to a variety of media, technology, and art methods, all of which prepare you to be an art educator in an elementary or secondary classroom.

The art education program prepares you to enter the teaching profession through a balanced art curriculum of practical and theoretical content. Concordia’s Saturday Art School is a unique extra-curricular experience that places art education majors in the classroom as teachers working directly with children.

Professors

15:1
Student to faculty ratio

Professors

88%
Job acquisition rate

Experience Concordia's Art Department

Art Education Sample Academic Outcomes

 

Careers

  • 7-12 Art Teacher
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Teacher
  • Software Developer
  • Art History Teacher

Student Teachers

  • Concordia Lutheran High School
  • Valley Lutheran School
  • Rockford Lutheran High School
  • Concordia Lutheran High School
  • Lutheran High School North
  • Raymond Central Elementary

Art Education Faculty

Brommer Hall

With the only entire building dedicated to the fine arts in the GPAC conference, Brommer Hall is designed for student to interact, support and strengthen all aspects of their art disciplines.

Discover opportunities to showcase your talent.

Red Path Gallery for Art
Red Path Gallery for Art

Nestled in downtown Seward, the Red Path Gallery for Art provides an opportunity for students and the community to showcase, critique and collaborate on art projects.

Red Path Gallery for Art
Center for Liturgical Art

The Center for Liturgical Art was established as an institute of Concordia University, Nebraska to create a program capable of spreading the Gospel through art while allowing students the opportunity to learn about being an artist in the Church.

Art Club
Art Club

An organization run entirely by students in the Art Department, the art club provides you with an opportunity to grow in your art through collaboration with your classmates.

Art Education Sample Course Schedule

B.F.A. B.S.Ed.

Semester 1

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    ART 100 Tools, Materials and Safe Process
    1
    Conceived as a broad-based, integrative approach to learning as well as making, the Tools, Materials and Process entry-level studio experience explores the basic principles of constructing, fabricating, and using materials for image and object making. Basic skills with studio hand tools, power equipment, material handling, and applicable safety procedures will be emphasized as applicable to working as a student in the Art department. Course fee.
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    Art 103 Drawing I
    3
    Foundation in the basic perceptual, expressive and design aspects of drawing; use of various black and white media and diverse subjects.
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    Art 145 Digital Imaging
    3
    Explores capturing, digitizing and editing images with an emphasis on meeting aesthetic and technical requirements of the graphic design industry. Students will learn to color-correct, manipulate, retouch, enhance and composite digital images.
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    Art 203 Two-Dimensional Design
    3
    Explores the elements and principles of composition, systems of organization, and the exploration of two– dimensional media. This course provides an analysis of the interaction between visual subject matter, form and content. Emphasis on perceiving formal relationships in natural and artistic context
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    Educ 101 Teaching as a Profession
    3
    Introduces a broad picture of K–12 teaching as a career in Lutheran schools, other private schools and public schools. Students will be introduced to the teacher education program and guided in the process of application to the program. Participation in at least 10 hours of focused K–12 classroom observations required.

Semester 2

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    Art 161 Visual Studies
    1
    Visual Studies will place an emphasis on the development of higher-level critical thinking skills and a broad introduction to the aesthetic vocabulary of form, concept, criticism and historical theories in the visual arts. Students will develop skills to articulate and defend critical positions about artists, works of art and art exhibitions.
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    Art 205 Three-Demensional Design
    3
    A course in Spatial Dynamics. An essential foundation, providing a strong understanding and use of made objects in space, simultaneously shaping space. Students explore objects in space and time, and explore space and time in objects. In doing so, they learn about the structure of form, the power of design and the use of design as a means to expression and craft. Students are encouraged to investigate the potential of a range of materials and working processes.
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    Art 213 Drawing II
    3
    Drawing II will place an emphasis on landscape and still life subject matter. Both traditional and experimental approaches will be considered.
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    Art 243 Ceramics
    3
    Cover a range of concepts, traditions and techniques that are specific to the discipline of ceramics. Projects will revolve around the topics of space, structure and form. Techniques and processes including hand building, surface treatment, wheel thrown techniques and glazes will be covered. Through making, skills will become more developed providing a higher sense of confidence with the medium while allowing for more control over objects and projects.
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    Educ 201 Introduction to Education
    3
    An orientation to the field of education with an emphasis on the service role of the teacher. Historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations of American public and private education are explored. Current trends and issues are examined.
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    EDPS 210 Educational Psychology and General Methods
    2
    The essential conditions (factors) which facilitate learning and transfer; theories of learning, general and specific abilities, the importance of self-esteem, best practices in the evaluation of aptitude, achievement and other aspects of human development.

Semester 3

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    Art 271 Art History I
    3
    A historical survey of the art and architecture of European and near Eastern cultures prior to the Renaissance; art of Islam, Oceana and the native arts of the Americas.
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    Art 345 Sculpture
    3
    The concepts and materials of sculpture are inextricably bound together. This course is a rigorous introduction to the major issues and techniques of sculpture, including a critical dialogue in contemporary sculpture. The course will be structured around an intensive investigation of several diverse ideas that make sculpture, such as: carving, casting, constructing, fabricating, space installation and social context.
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    Psy 324 Psychology of Exceptionality
    3
    This is a survey course which attempts to develop an understanding and appreciation for students with special needs. Characteristics of those with learning disabilities, physical challenges, behavioral disabilities, developmental delays, hearing and vision impairment, and giftedness are studied.

Semester 4

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    Art 272 Art History II
    3
    A study of painting, sculpture and architecture from early Renaissance through 19th century styles. The art of the Eastern cultures of China and Japan will also be explored.
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    Art 325 Painting
    3
    Exploration of basic technical and expressive possibilities in painting that deal with a variety of problems in basic structure, elements of space, and surface quality.
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    EDUC 231s Classroom Organization and Leadership
    2
    This course is designed for Middle Level and Secondary program students. Content will focus on foundations for classroom leadership in planning and implementing a positive learning environment. Classroom set-up and space organization, development of rules and procedures, and intervention strategies for managing and maintaining student behaviors and engagement will be addressed.
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    Educ 346 Instructional Technology
    3
    Technology has changed the way we work and live in such a profound way that the ability to use it effectively has been widely recognized as a new literacy. Students are expected to use technology to create, innovate, critically think, problem solve, communicate, and collaborate. Teachers must possess the knowledge and skills necessary to lead students in using current technologies in a responsible and beneficial way. Most importantly, they must have a fundamental understanding of its importance in teaching and learning, thereby creating a willingness to learn and integrate the technologies of the future. This course will offer a practical and hands-on exploration of using technology in the K-12 classroom.

Semester 5

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    ART 223 Watercolor
    3
    Exploration of the unique properties and potential of the watercolor medium; various styles and techniques.
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    Art 273 Art History III
    3
    A study of the diverse movements within the fields of painting, sculpture, architecture and photography from the beginning of the 20th century to the present time. Recent developments in art theory will be emphasized.
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    Art 315 Printmaking
    3
    Students learn to use selected printmaking techniques such as woodcut, etching, drypoint, aquatint, screen printing.
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    Educ 424 Differentiated Instruction
    2
    The course will prepare teacher candidates to meet the diverse needs of ALL students, including the culturally diverse, gifted, at-risk, second language learner, and those with special needs, in inclusive educational settings. It will provide pre-service teachers an overview of special education and the federal laws which govern the education of these students today. Attention will be focused on the process of identifying the individual needs of students and creating effective teaching techniques to address those needs, primarily through the use of differentiated instruction.

Semester 6

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    Art 190 Introduction to Graphic Design
    3
    Creative development of ideas, effective communication and correct technical reproduction of the graphic design process. Course fee.
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    Art 425 Collage and Mixed Media
    3
    A study of the history and theory of collage. Exploration of the unique characteristics and potential of two dimensional collage, assemblage relief, and installation. Conceptual development through the presentation of various techniques, theories, and approaches.
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    Educ 470 Content Area Literacy
    3
    Considers the processes of reading in the various subject matter fields by which one recognizes words, copes with specialized vocabulary, comprehends, and uses printed information. Stresses the location of the student’s present reading levels, the selection of instructional techniques to fit the learning style of the student, and the choice of materials appropriate for the ability level, reading levels, and interests of the secondary student. Assists the pre-service teacher in learning how to integrate the teaching of reading skills while teaching specific content. Field Experience required.

Semester 7

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    Art 235 Basic Digital Photography
    3
    Explores photography as an art medium. No previous experience in photography is necessary, but drawing and design should be considered very important prerequisites. This is not a course in technical, applied, commercial, or professional photography, and we are not concerned with conventional problems, routine, or formula solutions. Specific, unique seeing is our goal and success is incumbent upon the ability to explore, with an open mind, a number of visual possibilities. The main emphasis and activity will be the production of acceptable pictures through the control of light, camera function, digital production, printing, and group critiques.
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    Art 301 Methods of Art Education
    2
    Prepares to teach art history, art criticism, art production, and aesthetics in the elementary classroom. Provides opportunity to identify, understand, and evaluate children’s art work. Explores two and three dimensional media and the production of an art curriculum.
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    Art 489 Portfolio
    2
    A guided plan of study resulting in a professional print and digital portfolio, resume', job search process, business interview etiquette and attire, and planning for post-graduate career opportunities.
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    Theo 381 Christian Teacher’s Ministry
    2
    The course applies Biblical and theological principles of vocation, ministry, and the two kingdoms to the teacher of the church and the priesthood of all believers. Study of Scripture, standard historical documents, and current practice in calling, placement, and congregational life focuses on the identity of the teaching minister in parochial education and the Christian teaching in public and private education.
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    ART Studio Elective
    3

Semester 8

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    Educ 301 Principles of Secondary Education
    2
    The purpose of this course is to review and further develop instructional planning, models of teaching and classroom management in today's Lutheran and public secondary schools. Segments include skill development as teachers, leaders and learners affecting successful middle and secondary school teachers. Segments also include assessment strategies, multicultural education, mainstreaming, master teachers’ reflections, interview procedures, and the Christian teacher’s mission.
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    Educ 377 Secondary Methods in Art Education*
    2
    Philosophical and practical direction in methods and techniques used in teaching art on the high school level.
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    Educ 385 Student Teaching I/II in the Secondary School
    4
    Students are assigned to teach grades 9–12 under the direction of the supervising teacher(s) in the students’ teaching field(s).