The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Art Education is an Illinois State approved program designed from theoretical and practical approaches to teaching visual art in K-12 schools. Students who seek to become art teachers themselves are immersed in study through both the Education and Art Departments to build a rich body of knowledge. Olivet's Art Education students learn in closely knit classes designed not only to build skill in a variety of art mediums, but to apply that skill in building their own art curriculum for their future classrooms.
The ONU Art Department strives to prepare future art teachers with sound artistic skill, practical teaching experiences, and a desire to serve others through the arts. Technology integration, the role of the arts in contemporary culture, and contemporary teaching practices are emphasized.
ONU's Art Education Program is guided both by state and national standards and meets the curricular requirements for a Professional Educator License with the State of Illinois. Minors in Art Eduction are offered to guide students in gaining a K-12 subsequent endorsement for their early childhood, elementary, or high school teaching license.