Education & Teaching
Art Education

A degree in Art Education provides individuals with the training and know-how to become an innovative and effective educator in a variety of settings, from elementary and secondary school to museums and community-based programs.

Types of Degrees

Art Education students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), or master's degree (6-7 years). An associate degree is usually obtained in two years and is less expensive per semester than a bachelor's degree. Associate degrees may allow you to enter the workforce sooner but sometimes with a lower starting salary than people holding a bachelor's degree or higher level of education. Master's degrees and doctorates are also available for those interested in administrative and academia positions

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent with a strong academic background in art inside and outside of the classroom, as well as extracurricular experience in teaching, mentoring, and/or tutoring will help applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Scores from college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT are often required. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.

Career Opportunities After Earning An Art Education Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Art Education include:

  • Art, Drama or Music Teacher
  • Community Art Program Director
  • Art Museum Educator
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for an Art, Drama, and Music Teacher in post-secondary schools was $83,220 in 2019 (1).

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and what industry the job is in. Those working for public schools can expect a lower salary than those working for prestigious private schools.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.