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  • Course description
    The Art Education program at CCS is a dual major that combines an internationally recognized BFA degree with dynamic and innovative teacher preparation courses. This intensive teacher preparation program features a comprehensive professional education sequence combined with focused studio majors structured around a strong liberal arts core. In keeping with the CCS tradition of producing the finest artists in their respective fields, the Art Education department is committed to preparing the highest quality Art Education candidates for State of Michigan Visual Arts LQ endorsement.

    Students in the Art Education program at CCS have:
    • Extensive hands-on involvement in art education classrooms with highly qualified practicing art educators across the Metropolitan Detroit area
    • Are exposed to internationally renowned fine artists and designers
    • Study at The Detroit Institute of Arts with one of the largest, most significant art collections in the nation
    • Share their talents and knowledge with the community through structured Service Learning
    • And have access to the development of an innovative K-12 design curriculum.
    The professional education sequence at CCS integrates best practice education standards for teacher preparation throughout the program's coursework, field work and service learning components.
    All students must take required core Liberal Arts courses in English, Art History, Social Science, Natural Science, Philosophy and Math. State of Michigan standards for Entry Level Art teacher preparation are woven throughout the rigorous studio and education courses that emphasize community involvement, hands-on field experience, and involvement with local arts and education organizations.

    Art Education studio requirement courses include: Ceramics, Fiber Arts, Jewelry Making, Painting, and Printmaking courses. Computer Graphics and Figure Drawing are CCS Foundations requirements.
    Post-degree students must take three additional hours in a studio outside of their BFA major – these usually are fulfilled by Art Education studio requirements.

    CCS Art Education students will be prepared to design and deliver age appropriate K-12 visual art and design curricula that address the needs of a rapidly evolving technologically based society, as well as understand the underpinnings of visual art as a corner stone in the American education system.

    Here you learn:
    • History and Philosophy of Education
    • Educational Psychology and Sociology
    • Human Development and Creativity
    • Visual Learning
    • Classroom Management
    • Hands-On Learning in Schools
    • Art Integrated Curriculum Planning
    • Art History for Children and Youth
    • Art Making for Children and Youth
    • Visual Arts Criticism and Aesthetics with Children and Youth
    Our graduates work as:
    • Elementary, Middle or High School Art Teachers
    • Museum Education Directors
    • Directors of Community Arts Programs
    • Community Arts Gallery Directors
    • Any career open to students through their studio arts

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