About the Major

Herron’s art education programs will prepare you to teach art in public and private schools, grades K–12. In the diverse settings of Indianapolis schools and museums, you will learn the reflective practice of teaching young people of all backgrounds to create and to respond to art in today’s world. You will examine the visual development of young people and construct learning environments where social imagination and visual literacy skills flourish. This major combines classes from Herron and the School of Education.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: teaching, curriculum, writing, fine art skills, and cultural competency (Herron School of Art and Design, 2017).

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • 3-D design
  • Drawing
  • 4-D studio
  • Teaching students with special needs
  • Foundations of art education
  • Field experience

Possible Careers

  • Art educator (K–12)
  • Museum curator
  • Nonprofit program coordinator
  • Professor*
  • School administrator*
  • Studio artist

*These career options require additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Community art center
  • Education
  • Elementary and secondary schools
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • IUPUI or Ivy Tech
  • Nonprofits

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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