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"I loved how Meredith encouraged me to be myself, and I was also able to depend on my advisor. She was so helpful and provided me the guidance I needed to succeed."

Our Bachelor’s in Art Education

Children in Art Class

The bachelor’s degree in art education is designed for students who wish to teach art as a profession. Students will develop teaching skills and a strong theoretical background within the art content area.

Meredith offers an enriching and supportive environment that will encourage your artistic and intellectual growth. You’ll learn to function creatively, develop a broader worldview, and gain the professional skills needed to succeed as an art educator.

Art Education Programs

Arts Education Major

The Bachelor of Arts in Art Education requires students to complete 89 credit hours. Students take art, education, and psychology courses. 

The curriculum includes art techniques and movements, issues and trends in art education, the development of skills for teaching in a diverse population, and the infusion of technology into instruction.

Art Education Major requirements »

Undergraduate course catalogue »

The K-12 Art Education teacher licensure program provides learning experiences to meet the needs, capabilities, and interests of K-12 students studying art. The program is designed to assist individuals in acquiring knowledge and developing skills and dispositions within a learning environment focused on active involvement and integrated learning activities.


To complete the teacher education program and earn licensure in art education for grades K-12, students must complete the requirements for general education and their chosen major.

Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program to enroll.

Learn about admission to the teacher licensure program

Teacher Education at Meredith College

Undergraduate course catalogue »

Curriculum requirements and course descriptions are subject to changes with each catalogue.

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Why Study Art Education at Meredith?

  • Meredith’s Frank G. Weems and Johnson Hall Rotunda Galleries showcase a variety of artists, media, and subject matter. You’ll be able to visit featured exhibitions right on campus.
    • As a senior, you’ll gain experience in exhibition design and gallery management at Weems Gallery.
    • You’ll have the opportunity to display your artwork at the annual Juried Student Art Exhibition in the Johnson Hall Rotunda.
  • The possibilities for internships through Meredith’s art education program are endless. Recent locations of internships completed by students include 
    • Artspace
    • Carolina Ballet
    • Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution
    • Guggenheim Museum (NYC)
    • Wake County Public Schools 
  • Scholarships available to art education majors include
    • Talent Scholarship for first-year students 
    • The Wilkerson Sansepolcro Study Abroad Scholarship in Art 
    • The Moore-Greenberg Study Abroad Travel Scholarship in Art
  • Student organizations for art education majors include Kappa Pi, American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Meredith College Student Group, and Artists’ Alliance.
  • If you have completed an Associate of Fine Arts degree at a North Carolina Community College, you can pursue a B.A. in Art Education at Meredith with ease. Learn more about our articulation agreement.

What Can I Do With an Art Education Degree?

Meredith’s art education program offers numerous and varied internship opportunities. Recent locations of internships completed by Meredith art students include:

  • Artspace
  • Carolina Ballet
  • Carolina Cobras
  • Carolina Woman
  • Contemporary Art Museum
  • The Exploris School 
  • Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
  • Gallery C
  • Guggenheim Museum, NYC
  • Lone Wolf Publishing
  • Meredith College Department of Marketing
  • National Gallery of Art
  • North Carolina Museum of Art
  • Raleigh Contemporary Gallery
  • VAE Raleigh
  • Wake County Public Schools

Meredith art education graduates have gone on to pursue various careers, such as

3D Art Instructor

  • Patton High School 

Art Gallery Staff 

  • The Circa Gallery
  • The Colorshow Gallery
  • Mahler Fine Art Gallery

Art Teacher

  • Franklin Academy
  • Wake County Public Schools

Art Therapist

  • Newport News Behavioral Health Center

Assistant Marketing Manager

  • North Carolina Museum of Art

Graphic Designer

  • Meridian Zero Degrees
  • National Congressional Budget Office

Web Designer

  • CafePress

Graduates of Meredith’s art education program have gone on to pursue graduate programs at various higher education institutions, including

  • NC State University, College of Design 
  • UNC-Greensboro, M.A. in Studio Art
  • New York Academy of Fine Arts
  • George Washington University, M.A. in Art Therapy

With a passion for helping others, Shila Alexander, ’21, is using her time at Meredith to give back to the community and serve as a positive light on campus.

Videos About Meredith’s Art Education Major

Adult education student Bev Mecum, ’15, earned her undergraduate degree in art education at Meredith College, where she curated her own art show, developed a network within the art community, and explored ways to combine her two previous careers with her love of art.

Art Education News

The 2024 senior art exhibition Ruminate: Chew On This will be on exhibition in the Frankie G. Weems Gallery at Meredith College this spring. Tasha Aaron, Kayla Cooper, Shelby Cox, Arianne Gonzalez, Sara Grace Lane, Karlie Mullis, Emma Relota, and Sara-Rose Spann are excited to showcase their unique bodies of work. 

Adaria Coulter | Drawing
Margeaux Shore | Sculpture
Johanna Cox | Block Print
Jessica Hagen | Sculpture

Contact Information
Emily Howard
Head, Art Department
107 Gaddy-Hamrick
(919) 760-8497
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