The BFA degree in Art Education from Minnesota State University Moorhead prepares you for both creating and teaching art at a professional level. The experiences and opportunities within our program provide you with flexible employment options in numerous settings including public and private schools, community centers, parks and recreation departments, clinical settings, galleries, museums and nonprofits to name a few. Besides becoming well trained in a variety of studio areas, you will also complete coursework in art history, art education methods, psychology and multicultural studies. You’ll have the option of completing a 17-week student teaching experience that includes teaching art in both elementary and secondary classrooms. If you choose to pursue teaching licensure, you can leave with both Minnesota and North Dakota licenses.
The Art Education program has partnerships with more than 30 local organizations and agencies to provide you with service learning practicums and potential employment opportunities.
The flexible program allows you to gain robust career training and volunteer service, internship, and practicum experience, opening doors for employment in a variety of fields.
MSUM is home to the largest Art Education program in a three-state area, the only BFA in Art Education in the Minnesota State system, and offers one of only 10 undergraduate Art Therapy programs in the country.
The MSUM School of Art is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Art Student Success Stories
Andy Maus, director and CEO of Fargo’s Plains Art Museum, addressed 2022 graduates at MSUM. He earned his bachelor’s degree in studio art in 2002 and his master’s in public, human service and health administration in 2011.
MSUM serves as a regional hub for art and music education. Here we foster the next generation of artists and help their passions and talent turn into a meaningful career.
The School of Art’s Art-a-Fair celebrated a little bit of everything on Friday, Jan. 28, with the highlight of awarding ‘Best of Awards’ to 10 area high school students in nine categories. We also recognized the Best North Dakota Exhibition - Grand Forks Central High School and Best Minnesota Exhibition - Underwood High School. Congratulations to all of our winners!
Enhance your education outside of the classroom through various hands-on learning opportunities designed specifically for students like you.