School of Visual and Performing Arts

Degrees in art


ART EDUCATION (Graduate & Undergraduate Level Degrees Available)

The Art Education program offers you a unique opportunity to pursue a career as an art teacher. Located in the Center for the Visual Arts, adjacent to the internationally recognized Toledo Museum of Art, the Art Education program offers a study enrichment which few other universities can offer. The Art Education program provides you with a number of benefits that enhance your program of study.

Core Philosophy: Art Education as an art form that unites educational theory & practice, broad studio skills, and the ability to discuss and critique works and eras of art effectively.

The Art Education program of study is designed to develop one's knowledge and skills as a student, teacher, and artist. Students must complete 39 hours of general education, ensuring a broad foundation in the liberal arts, an important facet of a strong education. A critical element in the development of effective teaching skills is a strong professional background in the fundamentals of education. A graduate level degree in art is only available in Art Education.

As a University student, you have immediate access to the Museum's permanent collections as well as many outstanding temporary exhibitions. The Museum's superb collections trace nearly the entire history of art, providing primary sources for the study of visual creativity from remote antiquity to the present day. As an Art Education major, you will have the opportunity to observe, research and participate in the Museum's nationally-acclaimed programs for children and youth. In addition, the Museum campus boasts excellent instructional and research facilities including state-of-the-art studios, and photography and new media labs.

Professional Licensure for Art Education


Study of the history of art stimulates an intensive awareness of creative achievements in the fields of art and architecture. As students explore and analyze artistic style, social context, and meaning in both Western and non-Western cultures, they gain insight into the richness of both personal and cultural expression. The University of Toledo offers students a unique opportunity to explore the history of art and architecture at UT’s award-winning Center for the Visual Arts housed at the world-renowned Toledo Museum of Art. The close relationship between these two institutions enables students to make full use of the museum's art library, outstanding research facilities, exhibitions and art collections. Advanced students are encouraged to participate in special undergraduate research projects. The concentration in Art Museum Practices offers further opportunities to study art history while gaining practical experience in the museum setting. 


Art means transforming feelings and ideas into visual expression. At UT's Center for the Visual Arts students learn about artistic expression by developing media skills and a visual and conceptual language. Unlike any other program in the nation, the Department of Art is connected to the galleries and library of the world-renowned Toledo Museum of Art. Our unique museum campus allows students to take advantage of the outstanding research facilities and collection of masterpieces in one of the nation’s finest museums. Students also have the opportunity to take field trips guided by Department of Art faculty to Midwest and East Coast museums, galleries, and historical sites.

Students develop skills in 2D Studies (drawing, painting, printmaking), 3D Studies (sculpture, metals, ceramics), and New Media Studies (photography, digital arts) and gain “real world” experience through internships ranging from gallery management to interactive media. 

The study of art within the department provides a special avenue of liberal education for knowledge, discovery, cultural engagement, and creative skills that can be applied toward a range of career goals or toward graduate study in art. Those interested in becoming professional artists or designers may apply to the special program in New Media Design Practices or to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program with its intensified study in chosen studio areas.

  • Learn digital and photographic media as they apply to print and interaction design.
  • Undertake an externship that provides opportunities to learn through observation and direct experience.
  • Learn through special projects with the Toledo Museum of Art, small businesses, university departments, and local non-profits.
  • Acquire a solid foundation for advanced studies and your intended career path.
Last Updated: 7/25/16