Why earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education at Washburn?

For the last five years, 100 percent of the BFA Art Education graduates have been hired by K-12 schools immediately upon graduation. In collaboration with the Department of Education, the Art program at Washburn University will equip you to teach a variety of art media, manage a classroom, and prepare you for the Kansas licensure exams. The Art Department also encourages and financially supports students interested in travel opportunities -- both regional and international.
Career Forecast Growing OutlookAverage Salary $52,539 in Kansason campus
A student wearing an apron smiles while talking to another student sketching on ink.

Is the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education (Teacher Licensure) right for me?

If you want to be an art teacher, you’re in the right place. This 4.5-year degree* will prepare you to teach at any grade level, prekindergarten to high school, where you may have either a dedicated classroom or travel to more than one building to support students. As an Ichabod, you’ll have an advisor in the Art Department and the Department of Education to help you reach your goals in the classroom and beyond.

*About one-third of our graduates in the last five years have completed this degree in four years. The course load required to do that is challenging if you’re balancing work and/or family obligations.

If you want to double major and combine art with another field, consider the Bachelor of Arts in Art. If you seek a career based on studio practice, the BFA in Studio Art may be the best choice for you, and if you are interested in studying the history of material culture around the world, the BA in Art History may be the right option. Your advisor can help you find the right match for your goals.

Jobs & Opportunities

CAREER FORECAST: growing outlook

Important qualities

Enjoy teaching art to others and watching them develop technically and conceptually
Driven to develop across multiple media, including knowledge in the digital arts
Tenacity – listening and responding to constructive criticisms to improve your work and adapt to change

Job prospects


of our BFA in Art Education (Teacher Licensure) graduates who have applied for jobs in the last five years have been hired immediately after graduation. Among those, 15 percent have also started graduate school.

Hands-on Experience

Washburn art educators are sought out by Kansas districts and have also been hired outside of Kansas. Our alumni include a Kansas Teacher of the Year.

GET IN TOUCH WITH Art Department

Art Department
Washburn University
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1125
Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

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