College of Communication and the Arts

Degrees in art

ART EDUCATION (Graduate & Undergraduate Level Degrees Available)

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.


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: 6/26/15