Art Education

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Options available

  • Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts – Art / Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Education (After an approved degree)


  • Lethbridge


BFA-Art/B.Ed: Fall | BA (Art)/B.Ed: Fall & Spring

Program description

Be inspired by art and visual culture, and make your mark on the world. Work with internationally active artists and scholars as you pursue your professional and creative goals in a collaborative environment.

Develop your voice as an independent artist or arts professional through an intensive studio experience exploring technical, aesthetic, and theoretical studies necessary to pursue contemporary art. Receive instruction in a range of materials and methods in drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, performance art, photography, printmaking, media and electronic art. Senior students pursue self-directed studio work in a capstone course supported by faculty members of their choice.

As a student teacher, you have 27 weeks of practical classroom experience in a broad range of schools from rural to urban and elementary to secondary with a focus in your teachable area. As part of a graduating class of superior educators, the University of Lethbridge’s Faculty of Education teacher preparation is nationally recognized for its excellence.

Which Faculty to choose?

Both the Bachelor of Arts (Art) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts – Art combined with a Bachelor of Education programs are 5-year combined degrees with K-12 experience through the Faculty of Education. Choosing between the two programs is dependent on the amount of art courses you would like to have in your major.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts - Art/Bachelor of Education stream offers a more focused fine arts approach that allows you to build expertise in the art field, and enables you to take the reins of secondary-level art education.

Students who are interested in teaching elementary school are encouraged to pursue the Bachelor of Arts (Art)/Bachelor of Education degree. The flexibility of this stream will allow students to gain a diversified set of qualifications which better meets the needs of multi-subject teaching common in elementary schools.

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Art Department Faculty of Education

Possible careers

  • Artist
  • Art Restoration
  • Art Therapy
  • Artifact Preservation
  • Graphic Design
  • Video Production
  • Museum Curator
  • Photographer
  • Arts Management
  • Fine Art Appraisal
  • Art Education
  • Art Consulting
  • Architecture

Some of these careers require additional education. Students may also choose to continue their education at the MFA or Ph.D. level.

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Admission requirements


​​​First-year students cannot enter directly into Faculty of Education programs. You must complete two years in a Pre-Education program before applying for admission to the Faculty. Admission to Education is competitive, so your entry depends on your university grade-point average (GPA) and meeting other program specific requirements. The general requirements for education programs include:

  • Education 2500
  • A minimum of 14 graded university-level courses (42 credit hours)
  • A minimum number of courses in teachable subject matter with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50
  • A competitive post-secondary grade-point average

For more complete admission requirements, visit the Faculty of Education. Please also review the additional information below to see if there are any additional requirements for this major.


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For Art Education

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Sample classes

Art Courses
Art History Courses
Museum Studies Courses
Education Courses

Additional information

5 Years (combined degrees)

2 Years (after degree)

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Art/ Bachelor of Education
No additional requirements

Bachelor of Arts - Art/ Bachelor of Education
No additional requirements

  • Digital fabrication lab
  • Digital media studio
  • Exhibition, installation & experimental spaces
  • Individual studios for senior students
  • Metal shop with foundry, forge and CNC plasma cutter
  • Modern woodshop, ceramic, plaster and textile studios
  • Painting and drawing studios
  • Printmaking studios with Boss Laser Engraver
  • Photography & camera obscura studio with full wet darkroom
  • University Art Gallery
  • Student Art Gallery, Penny Gallery in downtown Lethbridge
  • Data Physicalization Lab

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Find funding as a student in the Faculty of Fine Arts – both as a future student and continuing.