Arts Major: Studio Art/Art Education Option (B.A.)

Arts Major: Studio Art/Art Education Option (B.A.)

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What is studio art/art education?

If you’re interested in teaching art, our degree with the option in studio art/art education will prepare you for a career as an art educator in public schools. In the first four years, you’ll immerse yourself in the studio art program, earning a bachelor’s degree while gaining broad experience working with diverse media. You’ll have the opportunity to study art forms such as drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and woodcraft. A fifth-year internship satisfies the initial certification requirements for teachers of art in public schools in New Hampshire and most other states.

Why study studio art/art education at UNH?

In addition to the Museum of Art and Paul Creative Arts Center on campus and the rich artistic community of Portsmouth just minutes away, the fine art museums of Boston are within an hour’s drive. You’ll meet and learn from artists and historians from around the world through our Visiting Artists & Art Historians program. Your education coursework will be handled expertly by our Education Department, which has been teaching teachers for more than 100 years.

Potential careers

  • Art teacher
  • Commercial artist
  • Designer
  • Museum educator
  • Program director


Eileen Wong

Academic/Student Services Assistant
Phone: (603) 862-3820
Office: Art & Art History, Paul Creative Arts Center, Durham, NH 03824

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Curriculum & Requirements

The program in art education is organized into a five-year, teacher-education sequence. This curriculum is designed to prepare teachers of art in the public schools. The satisfactory completion of the B.A. studio art curriculum for art education students and required education courses, in conjunction with the fifth-year internship, will satisfy the initial certification requirements for teachers of art in the public schools of New Hampshire and in most other states. These requirements may change by the time students apply for certification and the students are required to fulfill the then-current requirements. Art education students may take accredited crafts courses at other institutions as art electives.

A portfolio is required for acceptance to the studio art/art education option. 

Students selecting to work toward a bachelor of arts degree in studio art/art education must complete a minimum of 14 courses (56 credits), with a minimum grade of C in each course. The following courses are required:

ARTS 501Introductory Ceramics4
ARTH 480Introduction to Art History4
or ARTH 474 Introduction to Architectural History
ARTS 532Introductory Drawing4
ARTS 546Painting Design I: Perceptual Painting and Color Theory4
ARTS 552Introductory Digital Photography4
ARTS 567Introductory Sculpture4
ARTS 632Intermediate Drawing4
or ARTS 633 Life Drawing
Select one of the following:4
ARTS 525
Introductory Woodworking
ARTS 536
Introduction Printmaking: Intaglio
ARTS 596
Special Topics in Studio Art (Intro Graphic Design)
Select three additional courses in a studio concentration at the 600 level or above (one must be an advanced 700-level course or third workshop of the same medium)12
Select one additional studio or art history elective4
Select two 600-level art history courses; if ARTH 474 is not taken, at least one 600-level must have depth of content that addresses 20th-21st century art 8
Total Credits56

The following three courses are also required for certification:

EDUC 500Exploring Teaching4
ARTS 791Art Education (Elementary)4
ARTS 792Art Education (Secondary)4
Total Credits12

The Discovery Program capstone requirement will be fulfilled by completing a capstone project that reflects the training received, and personal artistic growth made, throughout the student’s years of study at UNH. The capstone project includes participation in the BA/BFA Senior Exhibition in the UNH Museum of Art in April-May. Students will submit a minimum of 5 (or the equivalent what would be the equivalent of 5) recent works for faculty to review and select for the exhibition. At the review a written artist statement and verbal explanation of the work must also be presented.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Studio art/art education majors may use two major-required courses to satisfy two Discovery category requirements.