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Art Education

Hello my name is Ali Stakely and right now we are in one of LCU's art galleries. And we're here because this is my work and this is my first time having it publicly displayed and it's kind of like my senior research project for LCU. All of my pieces are connected by a common theme and that is fruit. They symbolize sort of the fruits of our lives. Like what our lives are made up of. I have a painting of an elderly lady and she has a handful of grapes and they kind of represent... the vine kind of represents her and the grapes represent her descendants. And what she did in her life. Her fruits, her decisions, her choices, her likes dislikes, even her sense of humor. It's all passed down through the generations and that's kind of what the grapes represent. So some of my favorite things about being an art education major at LCU is actually getting to take art classes and the reason why that's my favorite is because they're my classes I can express myself and be creative. Like design something from the ground up and put myself into my work. I've had lots of supportive professors, but Dr. Kraft... Dr. Michelle Kraft, she has been there for me and has my success in mind. And I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for her.

BFA in Art with Emphasis in K-12 Education

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with an Emphasis in K-12 Education at Lubbock Christian University prepares the student for a career as an art educator. Through this degree plan, students learn the precepts of “art” and “art-making”: visual literacy, critical thinking, hard work, and empathy in social practice.

Sample courses include studio courses (Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics), Art History, and Art Pedagogy, such as Curriculum & Assessment in K-12 Art and Contemporary Issues in Art Education. Senior capstone experience includes Clinical Teaching and a senior project (such as development of a body of artwork for exhibition, development of a grant proposal project, or creation and implementation of a community arts program). Students will also complete a supporting block of coursework through the School of Education toward teacher certification.

Join us in a program where you share your art knowledge and passion with a community of learners! Graduates with the Art Education emphasis will certify to teach in K-12 public schools, but they may also teach in community arts programs, senior living centers, and art museum education programs.

Imagine a degree in Art Education that involves you in a variety of art experiences—from the making of art, to art theory, exhibitions, pedagogical practices, and to contributions to the field through professional conferences.

LCU former art students and graduates in art have gone on to teach in universities and in public and private schools and in community arts throughout Texas and the Southwest. They are working as designers in television stations, design firms, and museums. They have garnered state, national, and international recognition for their art, with their work represented in collections and in solo and group exhibitions across the U.S. and the world. LCU art students’ work and scholarship have been accepted to state and national peer-reviewed exhibitions, conferences, and publications. Join this extraordinary league of artists today! Find out more about the BFA in Art Education in the University Catalog.

For more information, please contact Ronelle Howell at or 806.720.7728.

See Degree Plan Details!

Visit the University Catalog here to view art education degree and other LCU degree plans.