About this Program

The Art Education program offers instruction in the theory and practical aspects of teaching art from kindergarten through high school in a variety of settings. The BFA in Art Education focuses on studio arts, art history and professional education course work. Practical hands on learning in schools, museums, and cultural institutions provide students with the necessary skills needed to be successful Art Educators. Students also explore past and current issues in Art Education and ways in which political, social, and cultural viewpoints influence Art Educational practice and policy. Old Dominion University’s B.F.A. in Art Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Virginia Department of Education.

Program Highlights

  • Students create and facilitate art workshops for youth at museums and cultural institutions in Hampton Roads as part of their capstone course work.

  • Students create hard copy and eportfolios, which include teaching philosophies, resumes, lesson plans, and studio art.

  • Students complete 100+ hours of practicum experience in public schools, museums and cultural institutions.

  • Students complete a final semester of student teaching in both elementary and secondary settings under a supervising art teacher.

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Artists and Related Workers, All Other

$66,590 Median Salary

All artists and related workers not listed separately.

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

$78,720 Median Salary

Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Alumni Careers

Hampton Roads Public Schools
Hermitage Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art


What are the requirements to apply for Art Education at ODU?
Students entering the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Art Education should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.

All students must apply for and be admitted into the approved art education program. Students must meet the required criteria for admission by passing the Virginia Board of Education prescribed assessments and earn the minimum required grade point averages (GPA).  Application forms for admission to teacher education programs are available on the Teacher Education Services website, http://odu.edu/tes, and are to be submitted to the art education program director or Art Department chair before being submitted to Teacher Education Services.  


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Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

Ways to Save

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