Visual Arts Education | University of Northwestern, St. Paul
UNW Response to Covid-19
School of Education

Visual Arts Education

Students watch a professor give an art tutorial
School of Education

Visual Arts Education

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

141 credits

required for program

141 credits

141 credits

required for program

Discover your passion with Christian art professionals who can help you inspire creativity in the hearts and minds of children. The visual arts education degree equips you to teach visual art to children in grades K-12 within a public or private school setting. This degree also prepares you for further graduate study.


of seniors view the faculty as available and accessible


meets licensure requirements for the Minnesota Board of Teaching


of Northwestern’s education graduates felt professionally prepared

Why study visual arts education at Northwestern?

At Northwestern, you can develop your unique gifts and strengths as a teacher and servant leader. Here you will learn from seasoned teachers who share your faith and enjoy helping others learn. Our caring faculty will help you learn to engage God’s children through artistic platforms and become role models for their future success. You can grow your professional portfolio and showcase your art in exhibits throughout the year hosted by Northwestern.

The School of Education offers you the opportunity to travel to Haiti for one week to learn how education is different outside the U.S. This will equip you to teach in diverse communities. You can also study abroad in China over spring break or participate in a Civil Rights Pilgrimage spring break trip with other education majors. You can gain even more experience by participating in our international student teaching program.

Northwestern’s beautiful campus is only 15 minutes away from major art and design centers, which allows for regular field trips to places like the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Swedish Institute to view others’ work and be inspired. With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving education system.

Northwestern’s School of Education provides you with four levels of classroom practicum experience. The first allows you to find your personal "fit" within the teaching profession. The second level focuses on developing theory and skills related to diversity. The third level engages you to apply methodologies within your chosen field by creating, teaching, and evaluating lessons in a school classroom. The final level is full time student teaching in a chosen licensure field.

The School of Education provides teacher education programs approved by the MN Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board and as a result meet the state standards adopted for licensure programs as defined in state rule 8710.2000 through 8710.8080. All licensure programs are aligned with INTASC (Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) standards and the Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice.

The School of Education has hosted Christian Educators Association International (CEAI) events, and is a member of CEAI.

The School of Education attends the Compass Educator Breakfast each fall (through Grace Church in Eden Prairie, MN).

If you have a passion for art, enjoy working with children, are eager to serve, and are interested in a career in education, this might be the right degree for you.

What will you learn?

You will learn to analyze, problem solve, and be able to teach visual arts to children in grades K-12.

Some classes include:

  • Drawing
  • Design Concepts
  • 19th and 20th Century Art History
  • Art Methods for Elementary Teachers
  • Painting
View Course Catalog
I had an incredible undergraduate experience in the School of Education at Northwestern. All of the faculty truly take the time to know you as a person and provide a variety of inspiring experiences in and out of the classroom to develop you as a future educator. I learned so much about what it means to be a teacher and how to integrate my faith in the profession of teaching in any educational setting.
Thomas Bulman
School of Education - Class of 2014

Careers in visual arts education

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in visual arts education.

Discover Careers

Related Programs

Meet your professors

Professors at Northwestern are focused on their students first. Our faculty include experts in their respective fields who want to help you grow in your faith while you earn your degree.

Meet the entire department
Contact Information

School of Education

Nazareth Hall, N3008
3003 Snelling Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55113

Become a Student


Visit Campus


Contact Us