Art K-12 Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Art
    • Emphasis

    Scholarships

    Program-Based Scholarships

    Mary L. Alber Memorial Art Education Scholarship

    Eligibility

    • Student must be full-time
    • Junior or senior art majors seeking Art Education Licensure
    • Student must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours
    • Must have and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or greater
    • Demonstrate a strong interest in art education and the potential to become a successful teacher in art

    Description

    This scholarship is provided by art students, celebrating the memory of Mary L. Alber, Western class of 1942.

    Award determined by available funds. Renewable.

    Caniff, Al Art Scholarship

    Eligibility

    • Full-time Western Senior majoring in Art
    • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
    • Student must exhibit service to the Art program by involvement with the ART League or other co-curricular art activities
    • Preference will be given to a BFA Senior Veterans of the United States Armed Forces

    Description

    This scholarship is provided by Dr. Al Caniff.

    Amount: $1000

    Selected by: Art Faculty in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.

    Application:

    Contact the Art Department at 970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

    Institutional Scholarships

    Common Scholarships

    Western offers approximately 70 common scholarships for which a wide variety of students are eligible (e.g., locals, veterans, transfers). Apply for any number of these common scholarships using Western’s Common Scholarship Application, which is due April 1. For more information, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Early Action Credit

    If a student is accepted to Western by Nov. 1 and qualifies for a merit scholarship, the student will receive an additional $500 for the first year. Use our Net Price Calculator to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

    Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

    Western Colorado University alumni can nominate prospective students for a $500 scholarship ($250 per semester) for first year only. Application deadline is typically June 1. For more information, visit western.edu/mars.

    Neighboring States Program

    Students with a permanent address from one of the seven contiguous neighboring states to Colorado who have demonstrated financial need are automatically considered for a special $1,000 per year grant, totaling $4,000 over four years.

    The Western Neighboring States program can be added to WUE, CP or merit scholarships. So, if you are a permanent resident of one of those seven states—and show financial need—you are eligible.

    For more information about the Neighboring States program, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

    Presidential Promise

    The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

    For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential promise, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Tuition Discount Programs

    Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

    For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

    Western Merit Scholarship

    Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship. 

    For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Faculty & Staff

    Faculty

    Al Caniff, Ph.D. headshot
    Professor of Art
    Phone: 970.943.3083
    Office Location: Quigley Hall 234
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art
    • Emphasis

    Art Education Licensure

    Building on Western Colorado University's excellent offerings in studio arts, art history and the liberal arts, an Art Education emphasis helps students build understanding and tools to recognize the dynamic relationships between life experience, the creative process and the art product.

    Students in this program learn skills and techniques to teach others, as well as skills that help them discover personal sources of creative energy.

    Teachers go beyond communicating form and content in art to help their students develop perception and natural expression. Such communication demands special skills. With verbal and nonverbal techniques for communicating art experiences, faculty in this emphasis teach that art is an integrating, energizing and humanizing force in society. They demonstrate that it encompasses real content and real knowledge.