Art education is the second largest area in the art department. Our art education program prepares students to teach art to children in kindergarten through twelfth grade and in a variety of community settings, such as museums and afterschool programs. Unlike students in most other universities offering art education degrees, UW Oshkosh art education majors receive a Bachelors of Fine Art (BFA) rather than a BA or BS degree. The BFA provides students extended opportunities to both deepen and broaden their studio knowledge and skills as well as their understanding of art history and developments in contemporary art practice.

In addition to studio and art history courses, art education majors complete three methods classes in which they explore the historical and theoretical foundations of art education, identify and apply a wide range of age-appropriate teaching methods, examine current issues in art education, and gain hands-on, real-world teaching experience in school (K-12 public and private schools) and community settings (such as the Paine Art Center, Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh, Evergreen Retirement Community, and the UW Oshkosh High School Art Day). The capstone of the art education program is an 18-week student teaching experience, which includes nine weeks in an elementary school and nine weeks in a secondary placement.

The art education program actively encourages students to be engaged in professional organizations, such as the Wisconsin Art Education Association and the National Art Education Association, and to take leadership roles in the arts integration organization — ArtsCore Student Organization (ASO).



Art 253 – Foundations of Art Education

Art 354 – Art Education, Elementary

Art 356 – Art Education, Secondary

Secondary Education 366 – Clinical in Teaching taken for 1 credit concurrently with Art 253, 354, and 356



Art Education Courses for Elementary Education Majors:

Art 203 – Art Concepts, Creations, & Children

Art 355 – Teaching of Art

Art 390 – Developmental Art I for Infants and Toddlers

Art 391 – Developmental Art II for Preschool

Art 392 – Developmental Art III for Primary Grades

Facilities and Equipment

UWO has two art education classrooms equipped with an 18 by 24 inch Conrad printing press, AV equipment, computers/printers, a 5,000 watt ceramics kiln and other amenities/supplies similar to those found in K-12 classrooms.

Post-Foundation Portfolio Review

All fine arts majors (BFA) and art majors (BA/BS) are required to take a Post-Foundation Portfolio Review (PFPR). The review will take place after completion of the studio foundation courses (Art 102Q1 or 111, 112, 114). Passing the portfolio review is required to enroll in 400-level art courses and graduate with a degree in Art.

View printable PFPR Information and PFPR Evaluation Form

The Post-Foundation Portfolio Review occurs on the third Friday at the beginning of each semester. An informational meeting will be held a week before the review for participants and anyone interested in learning more about the portfolio review process.

Please check the bulletin boards on the second floor of the Arts and Communications Center for updates and current participant lists.  Please contact the art department if you believe you should be taking the PFPR but are not on our list.  It is the student's responsibility to make sure they are on the list.

Faculty and Staff

Department of Art

Main: (920) 424-2222  |  Gallery Office: (920) 424-2235
Arts and Communication Center S123 and S127
926 Woodland Ave., Oshkosh, WI 54901