Art Education

Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


NOTE: This program is not accepting new students at this time.

Barton’s Art Education program readies you to teach the visual arts in kindergarten through the 12th grade. Through introductory classes designed to teach you the basics and upper-level courses that allow for individuality of expression, our program gives you the teaching skills that make great educators and the visual-arts skills that make great artists. And because of Barton’s visibility in Wilson and surrounding areas, and our reputation for producing qualified art teachers, our graduates are highly sought after.

Special Features

At Barton, you’ll find one of the state’s foremost small-college art programs with a faculty that includes award-winning teachers and internationally recognized artists.

Our program offers specially designed courses for student art teachers, such as Integrated Arts in the Elementary School, which explores incorporating creative arts in grades K-6, and Instructional Design and Strategies, which develops your understanding of the methods, materials, and activities appropriate for teaching art at the secondary level.

The Junior Review is a required portfolio presentation of 10 pieces of art that demonstrate your fundamental skills in your intended concentration as well as in drawing, 2-D design, 3-D design, and color.


The Case Art Building, a 19,000-square-foot facility, houses the Department of Art and Design and the Barton Art Galleries. Connected to the art building is a 600-square-foot exterior ceramic gas-kiln workspace. You’ll have access to the art building at night and on weekends by individualized key-card access.

Each concentration has its own instructional area and equipment.
• The design computer lab offers PCs and Apple computers loaded with industry-standard software.

• The photography darkroom has 18 enlargers, a separate lighting studio, and the capacity for teaching traditional black-and-white and color photography.

• The ceramic area has ten electric potters’ wheels, a clay mixer, an electric kiln, and two gas kilns. Adjoining the clay studio are a small woodworking shop and welding area.

Course Information

Required courses for the art education major are:
• Drawing: Introduction (or Advanced)
• Two-Dimensional Design
• Three-Dimensional Design
• Painting: Introduction
• Ceramics: Introduction
• Multi-Media Print: Introduction
• Digital Photography: Introduction
• Visual Design Studio: Introduction to Graphic Design
• Art History of the World: Before 1300 AD
• Art History of the World: Since 1300 AD
• Junior Portfolio
• Integrated Arts in Elementary School
• Instructional Design and Strategies

The special-area teacher licensure also requires professional courses in education as well as field experience courses.


Our students have recently been placed in the following local and regional schools:

• Northern Nash High School
• Rocky Mount High School
• South Nash High School
• Rock Ridge Elementary
• Margaret Hearne Elementary
• Springfield Middle School
• Vinson-Bynum Elementary
• Cooper Elementary
• Carver Elementary, Edgecombe County
• Fike High School
• Beddingfield High School
• Gardners Elementary
• Elm City Elementary
• Lee Woodard Elementary
• Union Elementary, Sampson County

Career Opportunities

Art teachers and classroom teachers with art-making skills, especially those with computer-based design skills and specialized class management abilities, are in great demand. You’ll be ready to meet that demand and become a dedicated and successful educator who has mastered instructional strategies and communication techniques.

Clubs and Organizations

The Art Students’ League of Barton College hosts bi-weekly meetings and cookouts, and sponsors student exhibitions. In 2010, five Art Education majors traveled with faculty to the state convention of the North Carolina Art Education Association.

The Friends of Visual Arts organizes lectures and exhibitions, and brings to Barton College visiting artists of regional, national, and international status.

Contact Us

Susan Fecho, Dean
School of Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts
Case Art Building
800-345-4973 x6480
252-399-6571 (fax)