Art Education

Department Chair: Angela Mircsov,, (701) 845-7563
Faculty Contact: Angela Mircsov,, (701) 845-7563
Department Office: 361 McCarthy Hall, (701) 845-7580
Schedule a Visit:, (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101


Art Education at Valley City State University explores the making of art, and curriculum as the making of ideas that matter. These ways of making are innovative, creative, and socially relevant. The program focuses on intersections among studio experience, the study of works of art, visual culture, educational practice, digital technologies, histories of art education, curriculum and cultural studies, professional development, arts-based research, and practice-led research. The Art and Art Education Program facilities include the McCarthy Art Gallery, six specialized studio spaces, painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, photography, sculpture, and Media Lab.

The Art Education faculty members and students form a community of inquirers and teachers who are interested in exploring a broad range of interests within and beyond the field of art education.  Students immerse themselves in the related but sometimes very different worlds of art, visual culture, and education. As student in the VCSU Art Education program, you will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and an initial North Dakota teaching license in education, grades K-12. Alumni of the program include some of the most outstanding professionals in the field of art education in the region. As we enter the 21st century, our alumni continue to define the field, working in higher education, schools, communities, art centers and studios across the nation. 

  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

Join university organizations such as Open Studio Art Club or the Gay and Straight Alliance to meet other creative minds.  At VCSU, also take part in Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) and Student North Dakota United (SNDU). Students are also encouraged to join professional organizations in their field such as National Art Education Association, Arts Education Partnership, and the International Art Education Association.  

Teacher Education Requirements

Students are typically admitted into Teacher Education during their sophomore year or beginning of their junior year of college. This program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and successful completion of the Praxis I test. Additional criteria for Admission to Teacher Education can be found at the following website:

“The Art Department at VCSU has provided me with endless opportunity. Various courses such as drawing, printmaking, painting, ceramics and sculpture have allowed me to interact with different mediums and develop into a well-rounded artist. Not only has VCSU helped me gain experience as a student, but also as an instructor. Through the Art Department, I’ve had the chance to lead a week-long art camp and teach elementary students in an after-school program. I am excited to see where the experience and knowledge I have gained at VCSU lead me in the future.”  —Megan Trautman ’16, Enderlin, N.D.

General Education Requirements 

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
College Physics I
College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Cognition and Brain Science
Technology, Engineering, and Design
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

Major Requirements

Required Courses
ART 112Design3
ART 120Painting I3
ART 130Drawing I3
ART 150Ceramics I3
ART 170Printmaking I3
ART 180Photography I3
ART 210Art History I3
ART 211Art History II3
ART 230Drawing II3
ART 265Sculpture I3
ART 311Art History III3
or ART 411 Art History IV
ART 390Art Methods4
ART 491Visual Arts Seminar I2
ART 492Visual Arts Seminar II1
Select five hours from the following:5
Practicum for Elementary Art Education
Painting II
Ceramics II
Printmaking II
Photography II
Painting III
Drawing III
Ceramics III
Printmaking III
Photography III
VCSU CSA Internship
Special Topics
Art History III
Art History IV
Undergraduate Research
Total Credits45

Students seeking K-12 certification will be placed in an Elementary and Secondary classroom setting.

Total General Education  39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 45 Hrs
Total Professional Education Sequence 31-32 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

Professional Education Sequence

Professional Education Sequence
EDUC 240Educating Exceptional Students3
EDUC 250Introduction to Education3
EDUC 283Understanding Cultural Diversity in Education3
EDUC 300Educational Technology2
EDUC 351Secondary Practicum and Classroom Management1
EDUC 352Culturally Diverse Practicum1
or EDUC 464 Practicum in the ELL Classroom
EDUC 375Teaching Reading in the Content Areas 2
EDUC 400Educational Psychology 12
EDUC 450Trends in Assessment and Educational Issues2
EDUC 480Student Teaching (Secondary) 110
PSYC 250Developmental Psychology3
Total Credits32

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

 Plan of Study

First Year
ART 1123ART 2303
ART 1303Art History Selection3
Art History Selection3ENGL 120 (Gen Ed)3
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3MATH 104 (Gen Ed)3
Technology (Gen Ed)3Social Science (Gen Ed)3
UNIV 1501 
 16 15
Second Year
ART 120 or 1703Art and Music (Gen Ed)3
ART 2653Art History Selection3
EDUC 2503ART 221 or 2713
Social Science (Gen Ed)3EDUC 2403
Speech Communication (Gen Ed)3Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
 15 16
Third Year
ART 120 or 1703Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2
ART 1803ART 1503
EDUC 2833ART 221 or 2713
EDUC 3002EDUC 3521
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4EDUC 3752
Literacies (Gen Ed)3PSYC 2503
 18 14
Fourth Year
Art Elective2ART 4921
ART 3904EDUC 4002
ART 4912EDUC 48010
EDUC 3511 
EDUC 352 or 4641 
EDUC 4502 
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2 
 14 13
Total Credits 121

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate competence in public school art education training.

  2. Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency for careers in arts-related businesses and industry.

  3. Students will develop civic insight and contribute to the cultural environment of the campus and community.

  4. Students will demonstrate proficiency in the studio arts.