Art & Design Education

Degrees Granted
BFA, Minor
Degree Level
Garden City

Unlock exciting career opportunities within the art world as an innovative and dynamic teaching artist.

Why Earn Your BFA in Art and Design Education?

Prepare for a career teaching art for diverse learners across a range of educational settings. You will learn a range of ways to make, present, interpret and teach art, as well as how to collaborate across a variety of disciplines and communities in the process. Graduate ready to take on a number of creative endeavors in the arts, including teaching grades Pre-K through 12 at a public or private school, lead museum education programs or run a community-based arts program.

Why Major in Art and Design Education at Adelphi?

  • Build your creative skills with courses in studio art, art history and contemporary art and be eligible for New York state certification in visual arts education upon graduation.
  • Shape your degree to match your unique passions—from art therapy to animation or museum education—as you learn to design and facilitate arts-based programs.
  • Enhance your résumé by gaining hands-on experience in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Art and Design Education?

Inspire children and adults alike as a teaching artist, creative arts therapist, arts activist or museum educator. Fulfill your creative passions as a graphic designer or photographer, or make an impact as an exhibition coordinator or nonprofit arts administrator

Adelphi students working on a project

Artists at Work: Mural for the Multicultural Center

When art education major Gianna Valente got the chance to design a mural for the Multicultural Center, she wanted to show the diversity she sees at Adelphi. The mural, representing student life on campus, was painted with the help of classmates in her mural class and adjunct faculty Cara Lynch ’12, MS ’15.

$80,090* * based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey & NACE First Destination Survey, Class of 2022
the average annual salary of our 2022 baccalaureate graduates—that’s 29% higher than the national average
based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey & NACE First Destination Survey, Class of 2022

Art and Design Education Minors

Customize your studies to suit your interests by incorporating one of six minor options with courses ranging from digital photography, ceramics, painting and more.

Art and Design Education Minor

The minor in Art and Design Education introduces students to contemporary issues and methodologies in the field of art and design education including cutting-edge technologies and new forms of cultural expression, across a range of settings including preK-12 schools, community arts programs, and museums.

Art History Minor

The minor in Art History gives an Adelphi student the opportunity to study art from passionate scholars who care deeply about research and teaching. Our art faculty regularly takes advantage of the University’s proximity to New York City by holding classes in museums and art galleries, inviting guest scholars and curators to campus, and encouraging students to pursue internships in the city.

Art Therapy Minor

The art therapy minor is useful for students majoring in either art or psychology who are interested in pursuing graduate training in art therapy (a requirement for both licensure and practice). The minor conforms to the recommendations made by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA).

Graphic Design Minor

The graphic design minor will introduce students to both traditional studio skills and cutting edge digital image making, providing them with the necessary foundation for contemporary visual communication.

Studio Art Minor

The studio art minor will equip students with the skills and confidence needed to build their own studio art practice while simultaneously providing them with the tools needed to pursue work in commercial art and design.

Video Game Design Minor

The video game design minor introduces students to the components of game design from the perspectives of Art, Film, and Computer Science. The program culminates in a course in which students collaborate in creative teams to develop and produce an original video game.

My professors have helped me prove to myself that this is the career I’m meant to have. They’ve given me so many confidence-boosting opportunities to teach outside of school that have shown me I’m capable of pursuing this path.

Rebecca Yackel Rebecca Yackel ‘21, BFA in Art and Design Education

Galleries and Exhibitions

We are proud of the work of our students and faculty:

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

At Adelphi, we believe hands-on experience is key to setting our students up for future career success. Thanks to our strong partnerships with schools and organizations on Long Island and beyond—as well as our robust alumni network—our art and design education students graduate with more than 500 internship hours, with opportunities that include teaching in schools, museums and at after-school programs. Students also have the opportunity to exhibit their work in one of four University galleries.

Program Info

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, submit the appropriate application requirements along with a portfolio of recent work.

Transformative Educational Opportunities

All undergraduate students have the opportunity to apply for the following programs to expand their educational landscape:

  • The Honors College – fostering intellectual perspectives and critical skills
  • Levermore Global Scholars – preparing students to become global thinkers and leaders
  • Study Abroad – providing opportunities to experience another culture and see the world from a new perspective

Awards & Recognition

Program Director and Department Chair

Art and Art History
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