Art Education (K-12)

College of Fine & Applied Arts


What is Art Education (K-12)?

Art Education prepares teachers of art for kindergarten through grade 12 in schools. This major places emphasis on methods, materials, processes, and practice teaching in Illinois. Through this area of study, you’ll learn to embrace many roles, like artist, educator, and activist. Your coursework will cover a rigorous study of contemporary art and visual culture. You must submit a portfolio before the university accepts you into this program.

Career Options

  • Art education
  • Art therapy
  • Arts administration
  • Community arts
  • Consulting
  • Research

Post-Graduation Success1

83% employed or continuing education

71% employed after graduation

12% attending graduate school

$37,544 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Archdiocese Of Chicago, Casting House, Caterpillar View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong talent review (audition or portfolio)

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.3 years to degree

93% first-year retention rate

75% four-year graduation rate

89% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,340
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $37,490


  • Tuition: $33,460
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $56,950


  • Tuition: $34,408
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,898