Department of Art & Design

BFA Art Education

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Secondary Art Education is a professional degree that focuses on studio work in art and design, art history, critical thinking and effective instructional methods. A program of general studies and education requirements for secondary licensure support the degree. This degree enables students to develop a basis for art education that is informed by an understanding of various media, the elements and principles of art, historical and cultural art contexts and effective teaching practices. The BFA is fundamentally different from a BA or BS, because it requires 74 credits in art and design, rather than 40 to 50. It is the preferred degree for art educators.

Program Highlights

The faculty are committed artists/educators who guide and involve their students in many small group and individual endeavors that promote aesthetics, critical thinking and art production.

The students participate in Art Insights, a uniquely enlightening, energizing and unifying program of visiting artists and designers.

SUU art education students are active participants and attendants in Utah Art Education Association events.

Available Resources

A state of the art education studio, as well as other Art and Design Department facilities, including a painting studio, a drawing studio, a ceramics studio, a print-making studio, photography studios and lab, a critique room and two Apple-based computer labs. The Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery maintains a twelve month exhibition schedule that includes student exhibitions. Additional exhibition space is available for students in the Gerald R. Sherratt Library, Sharwan Smith Student Center and South Hall (home of the College of Performing and Visual Arts).

Wade Arave and group of Parowan High students

Student Groups and Clubs

Art Education Student Association
Apple-Z Graphic Design Club
Bookbinders Club
Ceramics Guild
Photography Club
Plein-Air Painters
Walking Lizard Printers Guild

Student Quotes

The art education program not only helped me to be a better problem solver, but it helped me to teach others to be problem solvers.”  Wade Arave

“In the SUU Art and Design Department I am an artist, a student, an educator, but most of all I am a person. The faculty and staff are just as concerned about my personal growth and development as my academic.” Mekele Robinson

“I love the Art and Design Department at SUU. The class sizes are small and you get to know the professors. The on-on-one help is great!”  Holly Pearson

“I have been very impressed with how personally encouraging the faculty has been. There seems to be no end to extracurricular activities and events. The Department is always organizing a car pool or group trip to expand student horizons. My resume is more well-rounded because of these activities.” Shanalee Sadler

Wade Arave and Parowan High student

Art Education Alumni

Steve Jones has enjoyed a long and successful career as an art educator. Steve’s Pineview High students have been recognized repeatedly at the Statewide High School exhibition held at the Springville Museum. Steve was named High School Art Educator of the Year by the Utah Art Education Association.

Carrie Trenholm is the Sorenson Endowed Chair in Elementary Art Education at Southern Utah University. She is past president of the Utah Art Education Association and has been selected by that organization as their Art Educator of the Year.

2013-2014 Catalog

Possible Careers

Middle school art educator
High school art educator
Art specialist in public or private schools
Museum educator
Art center educator
Educational text author
Art curriculum director at the district or state level
Art education consultant
Arts council educator
and many others!

World Wide Web Art Education Resources

National Art Education Association:
Utah Art Education Association:
Utah State Office of Education:
Artworks for Kids:
Statewide Art partnership: