Art Education is a studio-based Major program of study that professionally prepares artist-educators for creative careers as certified Visual Arts teachers. The Art Education Major combines hands-on studio art and art history instruction in the Art Department with esteemed teacher preparation in the College of Education.
The Art Education Major is done in conjunction with the Madonna University Secondary Provisional Teaching Certificate Program. Because Art Education is a State of Michigan “Comprehensive Major” a teaching minor is not required.
Students in the Art Education Major plus Teacher Certification Program:
Enhanced or New Skills to:
|Art Teacher||Teach Elementary, Middle or High School Art in public, charter or private schools.|
|Youth Program Director||Provide leadership of after-school, community art center or summer camp Art programs for children and youth.|
|Museum Educator||Lead youth programming for schools and families in Art and Historical museums.|
|Team Leader: Business, Sales, and Non-Profit Organizations||Help people succeed using presentation skills, group motivation and leadership abilities.|
|Independent Artist-Teacher||Give private or group art lessons; show and sell artwork in galleries or art fairs.|
|Curriculum leader, coordinator, or consultant for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Programs||Share expertise with educators on hands-on, real world learning that includes creativity, collaboration and project-based learning opportunities.|
|Arts Administrator||Provide education outreach and coordination of Art connected services in organizations that serve artists and communities, including galleries, foundations, “maker spaces,” and art fair organizations.|
Art Education Major students complete an in-depth series of Fine Arts, Art Education and Art History courses designed to provide extensive Art knowledge. Key program expectations include creating a comprehensive body of original artwork, developing a corresponding portfolio, and participating in exhibition opportunities. The teacher certification components include professional teacher preparation courses as well as field experiences and Directed Teaching in real world classrooms.
This Major’s coursework moves from introductory Art Foundations courses in Drawing, Painting, Ceramics and Printmaking, along with Computer Art and Photography courses, to student selected concentrations in one of these four areas. The required Art History courses are engaging, with hands-on creative learning and Detroit Institute of Arts and gallery field trips. A series of Art Education courses address specifics of teaching and learning in Art classrooms.
Successful completion of the Art Education Major, the Bachelor of Arts Degree and teacher certification requirements leads to award of a Provisional Teaching Certificate with Visual Arts Endorsement by the State of Michigan. This certificate qualifies graduates to teach Art to children and youth in Kindergarten through 12th grade educational settings. The program is also available “post-degree” to those who already hold a Bachelor’s Degree.
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M.Ed., Ed.D. Wayne State University
B.A., University of Detroit
Dr. Chris Seguin is an Associate Professor and the Art Department Chair. She advises students in the Fine Arts and Art Education (Art teacher certification) Majors.
Studio ceramics, art history and humanities courses are among the offerings Dr. Seguin enjoys teaching. A certified art teacher and a multi-media artist, Dr. Seguin is deeply interested in students actively developing their capacities of imagination, ingenuity and creativity for generating new ideas and developing innovation skills. Her scholarship focuses on the role of creativity in place-based education that supports local communities in becoming more environmentally aware, socially just and prosperous.
As a volunteer Dr. Seguin supports the Community Action Network (CAN) Art & Design programs in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She also leads the annual “Empty Bowls” initiatives at Madonna. This ongoing Service Learning Project engages students in ceramics courses and service organizations in supporting the work of the Gleaners Food Bank, which fights hunger across the Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties’ region.
M.A.T., Madonna University
B.F.A., College for Creative Studies
One of Robin’s favorite parts of teaching is staying actively connected to her former students as they move powerfully into the design field and become talented colleagues. It’s a delightful and common testament that graduates from Madonna University's Graphic Design program consistently reach back, expressing their gratitude, visiting with current graphic design students, and requesting Madonna Graphic Design students as interns or employees.
In addition to teaching, Robin has had a long career in graphic design, working for ad agencies, in house graphic design departments, and running her own graphic design and illustration business. Maintaining an active connection to Detroit’s graphic design community allows her to remain in tuned to current trends and technologies in the business as well as providing valuable lessons and connections with real world perspective for her students’ enrichment.