Create pieces of art that are beautiful, provocative, or cutting-edge.
So, you love art. You can identify the influences of Monet, create breathtaking sculptures out of anything moldable, and even find something beautiful in modern art. You love to paint, and a good art history book sucks you in for hours.
The only problem? You don’t want to spend your days struggling to make ends meet, working every gallery opening like your life depends on it. If you aspire to work surrounded by and creating the beautiful things in life, but want a steady paycheck at the same time, then check out an art education degree.
Though it might seem like the ability to paint, draw, or sculpt are enough for this field, you actually need a degree. The reason for this is you’ll be working with others—teaching kids, creating the curriculum for a school, or serving as a Curator for a museum. There are many jobs for art education majors, but no matter what your goal is, you need to know things like teaching techniques and learning styles.
There are traditional four-year schools that offer this degree as well as online art education degree programs. No matter where you go, you can expect to spend your time in classes that enrich you as an Artist and Teacher.
Art education can be used in a number of different fields. You might choose to become a Teacher, Museum Educator, or Arts Administrator. The best way to get one of these jobs is with some experience, so look into getting an internship or assistant position while still in school.
Some jobs require extra education. For example, if you hope to teach, you’ll need a certificate. And if you want to become a Professor or Art Curriculum Developer, you’ll need to look into getting a master’s or Ph.D.