Art Education

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Undergraduate Emphasis

This emphasis is designed for those interested in professional preparation for teaching art.  The program meets the State of Kansas art teacher certification requirements for elementary and secondary levels (K-12) of public instruction.  Basic art studio, history, and pedagogy courses make up one of the three components of the degree. The other two components consist of a required group of general education courses and a required group of professional education courses

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  • Emphasis Distinctives
  • Career Options

The Department of Art is located in Pittsburg State University’s Porter Hall, a three-story building originally built in 1927 as the university’s library. This complex of spacious studios, galleries, and classrooms affords students an environment for significant artistic learning opportunities for the study of ceramics, printmaking, jewelry design, weaving, sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, art history, and art education. Porter Hall also contains two gallery spaces on the main floor, the Harry Krug and University galleries, which feature rotating exhibits of work by national and international professional artists. The Art Connectors gallery on the second floor features community-based arts projects. Artists whose work is exhibited in the gallery spaces travel to campus to give lectures or workshops and interact with our students to provide them with deeper insight and understanding of the art world.

 Students trained in the visual arts work in a multitude of careers requiring creative artists and designers. With the increased emphasis on a college degree for entry into the job market, the question of career opportunities becomes important. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is the initial professional degree in commercial art or design. Its primary emphasis is on the development of skills, concepts, and sensitivities essential to the professional artist or designer. In many of the roles as creator, scholar, or teacher, the artist or designer must function as a practitioner who exhibits both technical competence and a broad knowledge of art and art history, aesthetic sensitivity, and an insight into the role of art and design in the life of humankind. Museum, gallery, and public relations careers provide additional opportunities of students who complete a major in art. The Department of Art offers a broad academic program that prepares students for many different careers in applied art.

Art teaching also remains an important career choice for many art students. The Department continues to successfully place graduates in elementary and secondary schools.

About Art Department

The Department of Art at Pittsburg State University provides students who have an interest in art with a strong foundation in creative critical thinking and design. We offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree with four emphasis areas: 2D Studio Art, 3D Studio Art, Illustration & Visual Storytelling, or Art Education. The BFA degree prepares students for a multitude of professional careers in studio, applied arts, and art education, and is also considered fundamental preparation for graduate degrees in the studio arts and art history. The faculty members of the Department of Art are all active exhibiting artists and/or research scholars in our respective art fields, and provide our students with insight and guidance as they prepare for their own careers. The student/faculty ratio of the Department of art is approximately 15 to 1. 

All art majors take a series of introductory art courses in a wide range of media, as well as art history courses, and upper-level courses in their emphasis area. Additionally, students pursuing a studio art emphasis take a series of professional practices courses that introduce them to the business aspects of being a working artists and developing creative careers. Those pursuing the Art Education emphasis receive a comprehensive art education curriculum. Students also have opportunities to participate in internships in the areas of Museum Studies and Gallery Practice, or Studio and Creative Industry.

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