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NAEA Position Statement on Supporting, Sustaining and Retaining Art Education Programs in Colleges and Universities

[Adopted March 2017; Reviewed and Revised March 2020]

College and university visual art education programs include undergraduate, certificate, credential, master’s and doctoral programs taught by qualified professors and instructors. These programs provide the essential pedagogical and philosophical foundations and studio practices, including extensive field experiences, with supervision, for visual art educators at all levels.

Colleges and universities with visual art education programs make important contributions to the field through the research they conduct that improve the teaching and learning of art at all levels. Accordingly, college/university visual art education programs shape the advancement of visual art education as a field of study.

Visual art education is an essential component of every preK-12 student’s education. NAEA places a high value on college/university preparation, which is necessary to fulfill licensure/certification requirements. Equal to other subject areas, the teaching of art requires an effective educator certified in visual arts.

Therefore, college/university visual art education programs must be supported, sustained and reinstated to prevent erosion of instruction within preK-12 visual art programs. High quality visual art education programs must be supported, funded, and provided resources to recruit and retain faculty and students. A high quality visual art education program produces rigorously prepared visual art educators.

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