Significance
Visual Art Educators should know all aspects of visual art and education. Each state, city, community, and country offers different degree's and content areas by different names. The more informed educators of visual art become the better prepared art students will be. Art and education degree's are central to visual art education practices.

Education Degrees:
Bachelors in Education (B.Ed.), Masters of Education (M.Ed.), Masters of Arts in Education (MA.Ed.), Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Art Degrees:
Bachelors of Arts (BA), Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA), Masters of Arts (MA), Masters of Fine Arts (MFA), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Characteristics:
-BFA's require that students finish their degrees by having a solo exhibition of their work and a writing component.
-MFA's require that students write a formal research paper and participate in a large group exhibition to complete the degree.
-MA's require that students conduct field work / qualitative research, and write a formal thesis document (masters thesis) to complete the degree.
-PhD's require that students conduct field work / qualitative research, and write a formal dissertation to complete the degree.

Traditional Disciplines of Visual Art: Painting, Drawing, Sculpture (ceramics, glass, metal, carving), Printmaking, Film, Video, New Media, Photography, Visual Communication, Performance, Interior Design, Fashion Design, and Fiber (weaving). (These subjects fall under the guise of Visual Art or what some institutions still refer to as Fine Arts.)

Outliers:
Writing, Literary Theory, Architecture, Interdisciplinary Studies, Cultural Studies, and Visual Studies.

Degree Disciplines:
Visual Art- BA, BFA, MA, MFA, (PhD. limited offerings in the U.S.)
Arts Administration and Social Policy- BA, MA
Art Education- BA, MA, PhD.
Art History, Theory and Criticism- BA, MA, PhD.
Art Therapy- BA, MA
Visual Studies- BA, MA, PhD. (associated with Art History)
Writing- BFA, MFA / English Degrees- BA, MA, PhD
Architecture and Design Objects- BA, MA, PhD