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 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.

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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    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 223 Watercolor
    3
    Exploration of the unique properties and potential of the watercolor medium; various styles and techniques.
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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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    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.

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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    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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    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 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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    ART Advanced Studio
    3

Semester 6

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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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    Psy 421 Adolescent Psychology and Development
    2
    The course presents an arranged sequence of psychological and development theories, concepts, and insights designed to inform the practitioner working with adolescents. The content and class interaction cumulatively examine adolescent behavior and belief systems. The aim is to assist the practitioner with grounded yet flexible decision–making when working with young people in the contexts of counseling, teaching, youth ministry, family, and community.
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    ART Advanced Studio
    3
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    PHIL or THEO
    3

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 370 Studies in Art
    2
    A sequence of different topics offered each year for third– and fourth–year students in the disciplines of art criticisms, analysis, and aesthetics. Students in the BFA Studio and BFA Art Education programs must take this course three times for a total of six hours.
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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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    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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    ART Advanced Studio
    3
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    PHIL or THEO
    3

Semester 8

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    Art 370 Studies in Art
    2
    A sequence of different topics offered each year for third– and fourth–year students in the disciplines of art criticisms, analysis, and aesthetics. Students in the BFA Studio and BFA Art Education programs must take this course three times for a total of six hours.
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    Art 499 Honors (Senior Show)
    1
    The student(s) prepares and displays a one, two, or three-person show. Prerequisites: art major, senior standing, and permission of the art faculty.
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    Psy 421 Adolescent Psychology and Development
    2
    The course presents an arranged sequence of psychological and development theories, concepts, and insights designed to inform the practitioner working with adolescents. The content and class interaction cumulatively examine adolescent behavior and belief systems. The aim is to assist the practitioner with grounded yet flexible decision–making when working with young people in the contexts of counseling, teaching, youth ministry, family, and community.
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    PHIL or THEO
    3
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    ART Advanced Studio
    3