The Art Education program in the School of Art prepares knowledgeable, progressive and culturally responsive professionals who are dedicated to addressing the current and future needs of visual arts educators in school, community and museum settings, as well as other cultural institutions.
Bachelor of Fine Arts Concentration Options K-12 Teaching or Community Practice
Art Education Faculty
Angela LaPorte, professor and program director of art education
Christopher Schulte, endowed associate professor and undergraduate coordinator Alphonso Grant, assistant professor
Injeong Yoon, assistant professor and field experience coordinator
Fine Arts Center, School of Art
340 N. Garland
Fayetteville, AR 72701
The mission of the art education program is to:
_Prepare knowledge, progressive and culturally responsive professionals who are dedicted to addressing the current and future needs of visual arts educators in school, community and museum settings, as well as other cultural institutions.
_Promote equitable educational practices and community facing programs that focus on meeting the necessary demands of a diverse and inclusive profession.
_Prepare artists, educators and scholars to question and transform the role of visual arts and its education in schools, museums and communities - regionally, nationally and internationally.
The vision of the art education program is a diversity conscious approach to the visual arts and its education contributes to a more culturally responsive society and world.
Core priorities to carry out the mission and vision include:
_Ensure equity, diversity and inclusion
_Question, generate and share knowledge
_Prioritize histories and practices of underrepresented peoples
_Foster inquiry and criticality
_Support innovation and life-long learning
The School of Art offers a wide range of courses, lectures, and seminars in the history of art from antiquity to the present day.
K-12 teaching concentration prepares for Arkansas K-12 art teacher licensure and employment in elementary, middle, junior and high schools in the state of Arkansas, as well as other states with comparable certification requirements.
The program prepares future K-12 art teachers to understand and apply current art education theory to practice, including contemporary concepts and applications for teaching art in a diverse, inclusive and globally responsive world.
The community practice concentration prepares graduates for a variety of art teaching and service occupations in social and cultural settings outside of the public-school system such as art-related museums, community art centers, hospitals, prisons, recreation centers, government agencies, mental health centers, and other government and privately funded programs for children, youth and adults.
Graduates may also enter careers besides teaching. There are professional positions available with art journals, government agencies, art material suppliers, art galleries and art centers. Additional opportunities exist in art foundations, museum services, firms that develop art teaching materials and cultural services.
All incoming undergraduate students complete Freshman Foundations courses their freshman year. After completing foundations, students are eligible to apply for the B.F.A. in art education.
Applications open in the fall semester and require the below:
_University GPA must be 2.5 or greater; School of Art GPA must be 3.0 or greater
_Copy of unofficial transcript in PDF format from UAConnect
_Complete application packet and upload to SlideRoom
_Portfolio with 10 to 15 high quality images
_Interview with art education faculty
For application and additional details please visit Applying for the BFA