Art Education (K-12)

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The Degree
Bradley’s Department of Art offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Arts in Art Education. Successful completion of the program leads to a Professional Educator’s License (PEL) with an endorsement in Art. This allows the license holder to teach art in grades K-12. Art Education majors complete the degree requirements for both the studio art curriculum and the professional Teacher Education curriculum. Art Education majors have an advisor in each department. A Teacher Education degree from Bradley is designed to meet State of Illinois requirements and is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Students work toward satisfying the major requirements in addition to licensure requirements. In recent years, Bradley Education students have succeeded with a 100% pass rate for Illinois licensure tests.

Studio life in the Department of Art at Bradley University is filled with creative activity, discussion, and critique. Moreover, our students come from throughout North America and overseas, creating a rich blend of cultural backgrounds, creative ideas and forms of expression. The Heuser Art Center studios have state-of-the-art equipment for printmaking, photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and ceramics. The Caterpillar Global Communications Center studios are home to the graphic design and multimedia programs. Students enjoy access to our studios 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Opportunities at Bradley
Students in the program have the opportunity to attend Visual Voices, Bradley’s annual professional lecture series. The series hosts speakers who are professional artists, designers, art historians and art critics with national and international reputations. Speakers also participate in studio critiques and art history classes giving students the opportunity to discuss ideas more fully.  

Bradley Art majors participate in many cocurricular and cooperative learning experiences, including:

  • AIGA - American Institute of Graphic Arts
  • NAEA - National Art Education Association
  • Spectrum
  • Pottery Club
  • Art History Club
  • Broadside (Departments of Art and English collaborative literary publication)

Art students take full advantage of the close proximity to museums, galleries and professional offices in Peoria, Chicago and St. Louis. Faculty sponsors field trips and activities to introduce students to the cultural and human resources available in the area and large urban centers near Peoria.

Beyond Bradley
Bradley Art students and graduates enjoy a placement rate of 94 percent. Students participate in various internships to acquire professional experience at organizations including:

  • The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • The Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Creative Logic
  • Lakeview Museum

Students who complete the program have attended graduate programs at universities including:

  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • The Ohio State University