Art education is an important part of the educational process in the general education stages and is complementary to other school subjects, as it undertakes the task of developing and growing the artistic and creative capabilities of the learners to gain them new artistic trends that adapt to their working conditions and their environment and give them opportunities to express their privacy in vision, thinking and discovery, which is It works to develop their technical skills, which helps them to meet the needs and requirements of other school subjects, including drawings and plans.
Teaching art education in general education stages in a sound manner consistent with its objectives requires the availability of the constituent elements of this subject, represented by the presence of an efficient (teacher) who possesses the educational competencies that qualify him to carry out this task and this is the main objective (of the Department of Art Education) which works through its prescribed curricula to qualify a teacher for a subject The artistic education prescribed at the secondary level holds educational competencies (educational, artistic, cultural and professional).
The goal of art education that we seek in schools is to educate the individual so that he can live an elegant, aesthetic life within the developed social framework to which he lives. The subject of art is nothing but a means to reach a comprehensive general formation for students, and its aim is not to create manual skill only, but rather to create a kind of integrated experience in the different stages of education.
The role of the art education teacher in the educational process is to prepare the field surrounding students with an artistic environment that achieves communication with the times with its tools and ideas in order to think, be aware, work and grow through his school and social activities in the right direction.
The department aims to raise the level of artistic appreciation, spread aesthetic awareness, introduce the outside world to the high level reached by the artist and plastic artist in Iraq, and link the architecture as a single unit with the art of sculpture, interior decoration, wall painting and pottery works by preparing qualified teaching staff to teach in schools as well as supervising centers Art galleries and museums.
The Department of Art Education at the College of Fine Arts plays an important role in meeting the growing need in the field of teaching art at the preparatory and secondary levels to fill the deficit of qualified art education teachers, in addition to facing the increasing educational growth in the governorate. The department’s curricula tend to use modern artistic and scientific methods to build students ’personalities and promote Arab and Islamic values.
The department also has the burden of contributing to community service at the educational and technical levels, as it prepares and qualifies cadres who perform those tasks and contribute effectively to enriching the cultural movement inside and outside the university by holding exhibitions for students and faculty members.
Objectives of the Department of Art Education
The Department of Art Education aims to
1- Preparing an art education teacher who is qualified to teach it at the secondary level, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education/College of Fine Arts.
2- Preparing specialized researchers in the field of Art Education who conduct research and experimentation in the fields of Artistic and Aesthetic Education at all levels of general education and university education in order to develop the educational process.
3- Preparing specialists who are able to prepare training programs for workers in the fields of art education (qualifying subject teachers during service).
4- Preparing specialists who are able to implement and present aesthetic education programs and their role in community development through various media and communication means.
Teaching staff for the Department of Art Education
There are a good number of holders of higher degrees in the specialty of art education and supportive disciplines such as plastic arts, music and psychology, and some of them are currently working at the university and the other section in the Diyala Governorate Directorate.
Curriculum and vocabulary for the Department of Art Education:
The curriculum is one of the important inputs in the university education process, in addition to the teaching and student.
Therefore, detailed attention to school curricula and their well-prepared preparation directly contributes to preparing the qualified graduate for his required role in the field of work, and thus contributes indirectly to achieving the approved development plans.