Art Education, B.A.

CBU's art education major will prepare students for visual art teaching careers working in the context of K-12 education.

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Program Intro

CBU's art education program offers a structured curriculum leading to a state approved Visual Arts Single Subject Matter Credential, all while allowing artistic medium flexibility which allows for the student to receive a solid foundation, and built on it with their choice of emphasis.

98 Units

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4 Studio Art Tracks
31 Required Major Courses

Why Study Art Education at CBU?

Learn from Professional, Christian Artists and Educators

CBU's art education program is authored and taught by professional Christian artists and K-12 educators actively working at the highest level in their fields. Educational best practices, deep technical knowledge, developed artistic craft, and teaching acumen are embedded into the instruction and mentorship – all with the intention of sending graduates into the workforce as credentialed K-12 art educators. 

Earn a Teaching Credential

Candidates for the Art Education major will complete the state-approved Visual Art Single Subject Matter Program, which will satisfy the subject-matter competency requirement from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). As a state-approved teacher preparation program, the requirements for the Visual Art Single Subject Matter Program are subject to revision at any time by state or federal law. Art education majors will be eligible to obtain a California teaching credential by completing the professional methods courses with fieldwork and student teaching after applying and being admitted to the Preliminary Single Subject credential program under the School of Education. Students choosing the art education major must additionally be admitted into the credential program for Preliminary Single Subject Credential. Students who do not meet the credential requirements may not be able to complete the major due to accreditation requirements. Candidates must complete all credential and state requirements to be eligible for a credential. Credential requirements can be obtained from the School of Education credential program advisors.

Program Details

ART 301: Color, Theory, and Application

This is a combination studio and lecture course that focuses exclusively on issues of color, its aesthetic, symbolic and psychological dimensions, as related to visual expression. 

ART 305: Figure Drawing I

This course is dedicated to developing facility at rendering the human form in a variety of dry media.

EDU 490V: Subject Area Specialization: Visual Art

Students learn research-based methodologies that are specific to Visual Art content area instruction. In addition, students participate in fieldwork hours that take them into both middle and high schools.

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  • Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Painting
  • Ceramics

Katherine Kaford, Ph.D.

Professor of Art History
Associate Dean, College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design

Office Phone: 951-552-8816
Office Location: James Building, Room 453

Kristi Lippire, M.F.A.

Professor of Visual Art
Advisor for Art Club

Office Phone: 951-552-8736
Office Location: Adams Business Park, building C space 33

Duncan Simcoe, M.F.A.

Professor of Visual Arts

Office Phone: 951-343-4270
Office Location: Adams Business Park A 22

Nancy Ward, M.F.A.

Lecturer of Visual Arts
Professor of Illustration and Design

Office Phone: 951-343-4623
Office Location: J353

  • Faith Integration: Students majoring in Art Education will apply a Christian worldview to the moral and ethical questions inherent in the Visual Arts Education.
  • Visual Literacy: Students majoring in Art Education will demonstrate a critical and working familiarity with the themes and concerns of Visual Arts.
  • Creative Thinking: Students majoring in Art Education will demonstrate the ability to engage in associative/spatial thinking dynamically channeled through various media through directed formal and conceptual problems as well as self-determined projects.
  • Media Fluency: Students majoring in Art Education will demonstrate an ability to command the inherent dynamics of two and three-dimensional media as applied to the principles of professional techniques and best-practices workflows.
  • Professional Awareness: Students majoring in Art Education will integrate educational concepts with professional and pedagogical decisions within the practice of Visual Arts education.


Student Opportunities: CBU Gallery

CBU Art programs not only provides a high quality visual arts education, but are also dedicated to instilling in students the role that art can play in community, and in service of community. Located at the heart of campus, the CBU Gallery allows CBU Art students to both showcase work and gain hands on experience in gallery management.

cbu art club

Student Opportunities: Art Club

CBU Art Club brings together visual artists to simultaneously produce art in community, and serve the community. From community art projects, to utilizing art to raise funds for community projects, the CBU Art Club serves.

art mural

Student Opportunities: Community Service

CBU art is dedicated to art in community and art in service of community. On a regular basis CBU art students bring their artistic talents out of the classroom and into the community. Pictured left is a community service project whereby art students painted a mural on a local elementary school's play yard.

Career Possibilities

The Art Education major will prepare students for visual art teaching careers working in the context of K-12 education. 

  • Art Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • High School Teacher

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