Art Education (K-12)

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Mr. Paul Krainak
Department Chair

The Degree
Bradley’s Department of Art offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Arts in Art Education with certification in grades K –12. Art Education majors complete the degree requirements for both the studio art curriculum and the professional teacher education curriculum. Art Education majors have an advisor in each department. An education degree from Bradley is designed to meet State of Illinois requirements and is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Students work toward satisfying the major requirements in addition to certification requirements. In recent years, Bradley Education students have succeeded with a 100% pass rate for the Illinois Basic Skills Test and 97% for exams in content areas.

Studio life in the Department of Art at Bradley University is filled with creative activity, discussion, and critique. Moreover, our students come from locations throughout North America and overseas; creating a rich blend of cultural backgrounds, creative ideas, and forms of expression. The Heuser Art Center studios have state-of-the-art equipment for printmaking, photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, and ceramics. The Caterpillar Global Communications Center studios are home to the graphic design and multimedia programs. Students enjoy access to our studios twenty four hours a day seven days a week.

Opportunities at Bradley
Students in the program receive the opportunity to attend Visual Voices, Bradley’s annual professional lecture series. The series hosts a variety of speakers who are professional artists, designers, art historians, and art critics with national and international reputations. The speakers also participate in studio critiques and art history classes giving you the opportunity to discuss ideas more fully.

Bradley Art majors enjoy many cocurricular and cooperative learning experiences, including:

  • AIGA - American Institute of Graphic Arts
  • NAEA - National Art Education Association
  • Spectrum
  • Pottery Club
  • Art History Club
  • Broadside (Departments of Art and English collaborative literary publication)

Art students take full advantage of the close proximity to museums, galleries, and professional offices in Peoria, Chicago and St. Louis. The faculty sponsor field trips and activities to introduce students to the cultural and human resources available in the local area and large urban centers near Peoria.

Beyond Bradley
Bradley Art students and graduates enjoy a placement rate of 94%. Students participate in various internships to acquire professional experience at organizations including:

  • The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • The Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Creative Logic
  • Lakeview Museum

Students who complete the program have attended graduate programs at universities including:

  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago 
  • Ohio State University