Art and Design in London
Program Coordinator: Dr. Dorothy Heard; 973-655-4210
In the Department of Art and Design, we think of art educators as anyone who wants to intentionally facilitate the aesthetic experiences of others. Whether you are interested in working in schools, museums or community settings, you have a place in Art Education at Montclair State University. Our Art Education programs are driven by new approaches to art and education and innovative ways to work, create and respond to today’s social and cultural art educational challenges. Our programs offer you the tools, insights and resources to help all individuals increase their visual arts knowledge and experiences.
Schools and communities offer us challenges to visual arts engagement. They also offer us opportunities within constraints. As 21st century educators, we embrace those challenges and constraints and build upon opportunities. We embrace constraints and use them to invigorate our artistic and teaching practices. We bring our best ideas and best practices to 21st century visual arts teaching and learning.
The Art Education programs at Montclair State University are dedicated to the development of leaders in P-12 schools, museums, and other community settings. Through four distinct program options, both undergraduate and graduate students develop knowledge, skills and dispositions across disciplines and methodologies that enhance their leadership capacities, local and global understandings, and professional artistic practices to address authentic challenges in 21st century aesthetic, social and relational living.
We believe that teaching you to develop your thinking and making skills as an artist is essential to your ability to effectively work with clients and others in community settings, and students in Preschool-12 classrooms. Our Arts Education programs prepare you to be an artist who works in community settings or in school classrooms.
Prospective students matriculate first into the concentration in School and Community Settings, where they follow foundational art and general education curriculum.
In the spring semester of your sophomore year, you may opt to stay in the School and Community Settings Concentration, or elect to pursue BA in Visual Arts with a concentration Art Education (Preschool-12); or the Visual Arts BA/MAT, our dual degree, dual certification program that leads to a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree, a certification in Teacher of Students with Disabilities, and a certification in P-12 Art.
Please note that while most courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters, a limited number of courses are also available during the summer session.
The Department offers the following options for pursuing art education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
A professional-degree option within Montclair State’s Teacher Education program, this concentration qualifies students for the initial certificate to teach art in grades P-12 in New Jersey’s public and private schools, as well as elsewhere in the country. The certificate also qualifies you to teach in settings that include museums, cultural centers, and community organizations.
After completing foundation art and design courses and fulfilling the university’s general education requirements, you must apply to, and be accepted by, Montclair State University’s Center of Pedagogy. Successful candidates then pursue intensive coursework in education and hands-on student teaching experiences. A total of 129-147 credits is required to graduate in this major. Click the links below to learn more:
This combined BA and MAT program prepares students to become art teachers as they earn both an undergraduate and graduate degree within a condensed timeframe. The program focuses on the critical study of best practices in art education and teaching students in P-12 school settings. You will complete rigorous coursework in pre-professional undergraduate art and education courses, followed by professional level graduate courses, clinical experience, and student teaching. This program confers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees, with graduates eligible for a dual New Jersey initial teacher certificate in P-12 Art Education and certification in Teacher of Students with Disabilities.
A total of 127-151 credits of coursework is required to graduate in this major. Click the links below to learn more:
This concentration is designed for art students who would like to be prepared to work in public-service organizations such as museums, hospitals and other community settings that do not require state certification or licensure. This pre-professional degree option does not issue licenses, registrations or certifications when the program is completed. You may elect pre-professional study in one or more clusters, including:
Each cluster provides an introduction to the goals and practices of visual arts professionals working in cultural or community-based fields. Graduates are well positioned for post-graduate study and/or entry-level work in non-certification professions and activities such as museum management, art therapy, community center administration, event planning, mural making, and/or arts lobbying.
A total of 120-126 credits of coursework is required to graduate in this major. Click the link below to learn more:
More than 28 full-time faculty members and 90 adjuncts and visiting professionals, including renowned guest artists and art critics, mentor Art and Design students each semester. They foster students’ development as artists, while providing invaluable insights into arts-related professions. In addition to studying with Art and Design faculty, Art Education students are mentored by professors in the College of Education and Human Services.
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The Department of Art and Design occupies several on-campus buildings, which house fully equipped studios for all art areas. Outside of the department, Art Education majors take education classes in University Hall, Montclair State’s largest and recently constructed academic facility.
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Students in all programs, including Art Education, create work using a rich variety of media and studio techniques. Student work is exhibited in our on-campus galleries.
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Montclair State University’s Art and Design programs are among the region’s most competitive, and meet the rigorous standards of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD). Our FAED and FABM Art Education concentrations are accredited by both NASAD and by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE).
To apply to Art Education, or to any of the Department of Art and Design programs, go to: Department Admissions.