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The Art Education emphasis is designed for those interested in professional preparation for teaching art. The program meets the State of Kansas art teacher certification requirements for elementary and secondary levels (PK-12) of public instruction. Basic art studio, history, and pedagogy courses make up one of the three components of the degree. The other two components consist of a required group of general education courses and a required group of professional education courses.

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The Department of Art is located in Pittsburg State University’s Porter Hall, a three-story building originally built in 1927 as the university’s library. This complex of spacious studios, galleries, and classrooms affords students an environment for significant artistic learning opportunities for the study of ceramics, printmaking, jewelry design, weaving, sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, art history, and art education. Porter Hall also contains two gallery spaces on the main floor, the Harry Krug and University Galleries, which feature rotating exhibits of work by national and international professional artists. The Second Floor Gallery features community-based art projects. Artists whose work is exhibited in the gallery spaces travel to campus to give lectures or workshops and interact with our students to provide them with deeper insight and understanding of the art world.

Art teaching remains an important career choice for many art students. The department continues to successfully place graduates in elementary and secondary schools.

About Art Department

The Department of Art at Pittsburg State University provides students who have an interest in art with a strong foundation in creative critical thinking and artmaking. 

Our program of study leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. The BFA degree prepares students for a multitude of professional careers in studio, applied arts, and art education, and is also considered fundamental preparation for graduate degrees in the studio arts and art history. Under the BFA program students choose one of four emphasis areas: 2D Studio Art, 3D Studio Art, Illustration and Visual Storytelling, and Art Education. Our curriculum, no matter the emphasis, is divided into three main tiers: foundations, media and technique, and application. The student to faculty ratio in the Department of Art is approximately 15 to 1.

Additionally, students pursuing each of the 3 studio art emphases take several capstone courses that introduce them to the business aspects of being working artists and developing creative careers. Those pursuing the art education emphasis receive a comprehensive art education curriculum. Students also have opportunities to participate in internships in the areas of museum studies and gallery practice or studio and creative industry.

Excellent studio facilities and an experienced faculty are hallmarks of the program. Major opportunities for personal artistic and professional development from faculty who are working artists and/or research scholars in their respective disciplines are afforded to all students.

Diversity and Inclusion: We are committed to collaboration, respect, understanding for all students, staff, and faculty. The Department of Art at Pittsburg State University embraces a commitment to diversity as a community of individuals and artists which seek to reduce prejudice, disparities, discrimination and build a supportive environment for all.

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