Bachelor of Fine Arts Art Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art Education

The Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Concentration in Art Education, BFA ARED, is a professional arts degree consisting of 120 hours, plus 12 hours of student teaching.
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The BFA in Art degree program offers a Concentration in Art Education with K-12 Arkansas state teacher certification and is accredited by the Arkansas Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. It 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 an inclusive and global world. The program content is in compliance with Arkansas State Frameworks, the National Art Education Association, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Career opportunities:

Many career opportunities are available for those with a BFA in art education. They include teaching art and pursuing other various related educational possibilities. Certified graduates often choose employment in elementary, middle, junior, and high schools in the state of Arkansas or other states with comparable certification requirements. Employment in the public schools requires teaching several classes a day for nine to ten months each year.                   

Other teaching options are available to those with a BFA in Art and a Concentration in Art Education. There are a variety of art teaching and service occupations in social and cultural settings outside of the public school system. There are educational opportunities in art and art-related museums, community arts centers, hospitals, prisons, recreation centers, government agencies, mental health centers, and other government and privately funded programs for youth, adults, and older adults. Art graduates with a Concentration in Art Education 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, cultural services, and art therapy.

Specific Requirements

The Art Education program requires 41 hours of general education, a minimum of 63 hours of studio and art history/criticism, 18 hours of professional education coursework and 12 hours (one semester) of supervised student teaching for certification. Provisional art teacher certification in the state of Arkansas also requires students to pass the Praxis I or comparable testing (ACT or SAT), pass the Praxis II exams, and complete online professional development hours.

Competence in basic studio skills shall be emphasized in all Art Education degrees. In addition to the common core of studio skills and general studies, the artist/designer electing a career in teaching must develop competencies in professional education and in specific studio areas.

Admission to the B.F.A. in Art Education: Students earning a grade-point average of 3.00 or higher in art, after the completion of ARTS 1919C, ARTS 1929C, and who have maintained an overall grade-point average of 2.00 (to be raised to 3.00 by the fall of 2016) are eligible to make application to the B.F.A. degree program. In addition to meeting the required grade-point average, all students must submit, as part of their application, a portfolio of current representative work for evaluation by the art faculty. Acceptance into the B.F.A. program is contingent upon favorable evaluation by the art faculty of the applicant’s portfolio. Upon acceptance into the B.F.A. degree program, each student will continue to be advised by the head of the Art Education program for the purpose of completing a degree plan, which must meet departmental approval.

The student must complete the following credit hours of Studio Art and Art History courses:

In Foundations — ARTS 1919C: Studio Foundations I and ARTS 1929C: Studio Foundations II, eighteen (18) credit hours (including Drills scheduled on Thursday nights from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)     

In Art History — a completion of a minimum of four courses (12 credit hours)

Primary and Secondary Media Concentration — Students must complete 12 hours of a primary media concentration and six hours from a secondary media concentration from the areas of Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture.

Art Electives — Students must complete two courses (6 credit hours) in studio art electives that are outside of their primary and secondary areas. With approval from the Art Department, students could also take these hours outside of the school.

The professional education component should be dealt with in a practical context, relating the learning of educational theories and strategies to the student’s day-by-day artistic experiences.

ARED 3613 Public School Art
ARED 3643/H Teaching Art in Elementary
ARED 3653/H Teaching Art in Secondary
CIED 1013 Introduction to Education
CIED 3023 Survey of Exceptionalities
CIED 3033 Classroom Learning Theory
ARED 476V Student Teaching in Art (With the 12 credit hours for this course, students acquire their professional development credits.)
ARTS 4923 Professional Development (in a specific studio area) or ARED 476V: Student Teaching in Art

In addition to the University Core requirements and the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements, the following course requirements must be met:

COMM 1313 Public Speaking
PHIL 2003 Introduction to Philosophy
PSYC General Psychology
PHIL 4403 Philosophy of Art
World Language through the level of Intermediate I