The BFA in Art Education will prepare you to teach PreK-12 art in public and private schools, museums and community organizations. This program can prepare you to enter graduate school in art therapy.

In our program, you will develop your skills as an ARTIST. You choose an area of studio emphasis (Ceramics, New Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking or Sculpture) and complete 5 classes in this area.

You will develop your skills as a TEACHER. In each of the 4 art education classes you take, you will be paired with an art teacher and observe and teach alongside him or her for 10 hours. You will design and teach art curriculum to your peers in art education classes, using the latest technologies (Promethean Board, Document Camera, Air Media, IPAD apps, etc) in a classroom that is stocked full of every imaginable art material!

You will develop your skills as a caretaker for CHILDREN. You will receive training from Alliance for Children in how to recognize and prevent child abuse. You will work with dozens of children from a variety of socioeconomic and developmental backgrounds, including children experiencing disabilities.

You will have multiple paid and volunteer opportunities to serve your community while developing your PROFESSIONAL SKILLS. Many of our students participate in local elementary school Art Days, VASE judging and are employed as TCU Summer Art Camp counselors. They also give private art lessons and teach art at private schools, daycare settings and to homeschool groups.

You will be joining a COMMUNITY of art educators as you and you fellow students attend professional conferences like the Texas Art Education Association and the National Art Education Association. You’ll join in these students as they follow their passions, like Anna Guillory’s community art projects, Sydney Peel’s work with teens with disabilities, Jason Mendoza’s weekly art making group and Lillian Young’s internships at local art museums.

The icing on the cake is that once you become an art education major, you have access to a ROBUST NETWORK OF TCU ART EDUCATION ALUMNI. Our Art Education Horned Frogs are PK-12 art teachers that you can observe during your art education courses, museum educators that you can contact and visit, business owners and art therapists that are willing mentors who will answer questions and help guide you on your professional path.

Regardless of your professional direction, when you begin your senior year, you will work closely with an advisor in preparing for the job search. We have a 100% PLACEMENT RATE for our graduates. This is partly due to the fact that you are mentored for professional work beginning the first semester of your freshman year. When you graduate with a BFA in Art Education and take and pass the Texas teacher exam you are certified to teach PK-12 art in Texas and in the 45 OTHER STATES with Texas Teacher Reciprocity Agreements.

Further, an art education degree at TCU will prepare you for applying and being admitted to GRADUATE SCHOOL IN ART THERAPY. Experience is valued above all in an art therapy application. You will have had experience teaching art to diverse groups and you will fully understand how to provide a therapeutic art experience to any group. For the art and psychology requirements, your studio art classes will equip you to assemble a portfolio of art works to submit to graduate school. If you choose to minor in psychology, you will meet the psychology admission requirements.  We have a deep relationship with The Art Station, a local art therapy studio. Our students regularly visit and volunteer with this dynamic group of art therapists.


Questions? Email Dr. Amanda Allison at a.allison@tcu.edu


“Studio Art opened up many doors for me both personally and professionally ... When people see TCU on my resume it generates a positive response--I'm proud to have been a student there and I am continually reminded of the benefits it has brought my career.”

– Rachel Blackburn Cozad, B.A. '89