Art Education, B.A.

Program Overview

Are you passionate about the arts and their many benefits to individuals and societies? Do you have a desire to unlock students' creative potential? If so, consider a degree in art education.

PLNU is one of a select number of universities in California that has an art education program accredited by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). The Bachelor of Arts in Art Education program will prepare you to enter a credentialed program to teach visual arts in K-12 classrooms. Whether you decide to pursue your credential in the PLNU School of Education or finish your licensing elsewhere, the uncompromising foundational education you’ll receive in this warm, close-knit community will ensure you’re ready to take the next step to teach art.

You will learn firsthand how to become a secondary art teacher from PLNU’s committed art professors, while drawing on your strengths and insights as an emerging artist. Our small class sizes and proximity to local museums and galleries will make your education both collaborative and experiential. Finally, the learning will continue with student teaching experiences in charter and traditional classrooms through our school partnerships with at-risk students.


  • Visual Art
  • Graphic Design
Student draws a portrait.

The Mystery and Power of the Creative Arts

When we create, and actively observe our neighbor's creative work, we are able to uncover the "hidden mysteries" of creation.

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Are you ready to take the next step to begin your PLNU journey? Whether you’re a high school senior, college transfer student, or international student, find out what we’re looking for in our applicants and how you can apply.

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If you are considering transferring to PLNU to join our Art Education program, check out our community college articulation agreement to see how your classes will transfer. 

To view an example of the major requirements for an Art Education, B.A., check out our advising guide

Student Support

For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

The versatile set of skills you’ll develop by pursuing a degree in art education from PLNU extends beyond the traditional classroom. PLNU art education alumni have held various positions in museums, businesses, therapy centers, and nonprofit organizations, as well as public, private, and charter schools. PLNU cultivates passion, professionalism, and a values-driven approach to work in a context that intersects your intellect and faith and equips you to become a purposeful and trustworthy leader in your workplace.

A Bachelor of Arts in Art Education can lead to a variety of careers:

  • Art Education in Public, Private, or Charter Schools
  • Art Education in Museums
  • Art Education and For-profit Business
  • Art Education and Nonprofit Business
  • Art Therapy
  • Professional Museum and Gallery Exhibition