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 majors are passionate, intelligent, and artistically talented individuals who are dedicated to educating the future about the importance and intricacies of art.
By graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in Art Education from PLNU, you will be prepared to embrace any new employment or volunteer opportunities that are presented to you.
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
What can you do with an art education degree?
Many PLNU art education alumni have held various positions in museums, businesses, therapy centers, and nonprofit organizations, as well as public, private, and charter schools.
The following are examples of positions that PLNU art education alumni currently hold:
Art and Creative Directors
2020 Median annual salary $97,270
Art and creative directors’ job is to work alongside a copywriter to come up with ideas and concepts that will benefit the company. Art and creative directors complete sketches and storyboards to present to clients and team members to help them visualize marketing ideas. To be an art and creative director, you must understand and stay up-to-date with marketing initiatives and be aware of the company's target audience. You also must be able to effectively communicate with the rest of the creative team across different types of media.
What it takes to be an art and creative director:
- Leadership skills
- Communication skills
- Time management skills
2020 Median annual salary $53,380
Graphic designers' job is to create artistic materials for print and digital copies. They must make sure their projects are high quality and completed on schedule. Graphic designers sometimes help come up with creative direction for their company and also help upper management develop brand guidelines. They must be able to work on multiple projects at a time, work with budget restrictions, and understand complex design specifications. Graphic designers often work with a wide range of media and graphic design software so they must be technologically adept and willing to learn as technology develops and improves.
What it takes to be a graphic designer:
- Artistic abilities
- Good communicator
- Audience knowledge
- Ability to embrace change
Elementary Art Teachers
2020 Median annual salary $36,000
Elementary art teachers’ main responsibilities are to come up with and teach art-centric curriculum for students in elementary school. They create age-appropriate activities for their students and evaluate student performance and progress throughout the school year. They may meet with parents to discuss their child's progress if necessary.
What it takes to be an elementary art teacher:
- Organization skills
- Passion about advocating for the arts
Alumni listed the following skills as the top strengths they acquired as an art education student at PLNU:
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe InDesign
- Graphic design
- Adobe Creative Suite
- Adobe Photoshop
Shaping Future Generations of Artists:
The PLNU art education program cultivates passion, professionalism, and a dedication to artistry that will help graduates step toward their future with confidence and a desire to teach future generations about the importance and complexities of art. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education prepares you to be a kind, artistic, adventurous, and thoughtful individual who will thrive in any path you choose to take.
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