Courses

  • CFA AR 767: Clinical Practicum
    Graduate studio teaching majors complete an action research student teaching experience at the preK -- 12 grade levels. The student intern, who is supervised by art education faculty in collaboration with the cooperating teacher, completes a sixteen-week practicum. The student intern selects a topic and designs thematic lessons and units, in collaboration with the collaborating teacher and supervising faculty, for a curriculum document to be taught to one grade level (preK -- 8) or course (high school). The supervising faculty member schedules a preliminary visit during the first month and three announced formal observations, one each during the second, third, and fourth months.
  • CFA AR 770: Ceramics 1
    Introduction to using ceramics as a sculptural medium. Explore traditional and experimental hand-building techniques. Study glaze chemistry. 4 cr
  • CFA AR 781: Post-Bac Graphic Design 1
    In this course, structured for students with little prior course work in graphic design, students develop visual literacy, and learn a design process and design vocabulary through challenging studio based coursework. Coursework includes foundational exercises in form making and typography as well as comprehensive exercises in graphic design leading to the solution of advanced visual problems through a structured curriculum of both theoretical and practical studies. In addition to computer-aided graphic design, traditional methods, such as letterpress and photography are emphasized. The program is conceived to enable graduates to function in a constantly changing and expanding field.
  • CFA AR 782: Post-Bac Graphic Design 2
    A continuation of CFA AR 781. Coursework includes foundational exercises in form making and typography as well as comprehensive exercises in graphic design leading to the solution of advanced visual problems through a structured curriculum of both theoretical and practical studies. In addition to computer-aided graphic design, traditional methods, such as letterpress and photography are emphasized. The program is conceived to enable graduates to function in a constantly changing and expanding field. At the end of this intensive year, students may be considered for matriculation into the two-year MFA program alongside incoming two-year MFA students.
  • CFA AR 821: Graduate Sculpture 1
    Concentration on the development of a personal mode of sculptural expression. Students will work on an individual body of work and research materials and their practical application.
  • CFA AR 822: Graduate Sculpture 1
    A continuation of CFA AR821. Concentration on the development of a personal mode of sculptural expression. Students will work on an individual body of work and research materials and their practical application.
  • CFA AR 823: Graduate Sculpture 2
    Further concentration on developing a personal direction in sculpture. Students will work to prepare an individual body of work in preparation for the thesis exhibition at the end of the year.
  • CFA AR 824: Graduate Sculpture 2
    A continuation of CFA AR823. Further concentration on developing a personal direction in sculpture. Students will work to prepare an individual body of work in preparation for the thesis exhibition at the end of the year.
  • CFA AR 841: Graduate Painting 1
    Intensified professional study; emphasis on an original contemporary statement; picture structure and interpretation of concepts, forms, and symbols in today's art.
  • CFA AR 842: Graduate Painting 1
    A continuation of CFA AR841. Intensified professional study; emphasis on an original contemporary statement; picture structure and interpretation of concepts, forms, and symbols in today's art.
  • CFA AR 843: Seminar and Discussion 1
    Planning, execution, and discussion of comprehensive original projects in various media and techniques; contemporary trends in art and their relation to the art of the past; problems of teaching painting. Students submit original work on completion of course.
  • CFA AR 844: Painting Seminar and Discussion 1
    Planning, execution, and discussion of comprehensive original projects in various media and techniques; contemporary trends in art and their relation to the art of the past; problems of teaching painting. Students submit original work on completion of course. 2 cr, each semester.
  • CFA AR 845: Painting Seminar and Discussion 2
    Prereq: CFA AR 843, 844. Discussion and execution of original projects; various aesthetic problems concerning the contemporary artist. 2 cr, each semester.
  • CFA AR 846: Painting Seminar and Discussion 2
    Discussion and execution of original projects; various aesthetic problems concerning the contemporary artist. 2 cr, each semester.
  • CFA AR 847: Graduate Painting 2
    Continuation of Graduate Painting 1; emphasizes the work to be presented as the student's exhibit thesis. This group of paintings is developed in individual consultation with the graduate faculty and is presented in a major exhibit at the end of the second year of graduate study.
  • CFA AR 848: Graduate Painting 2
    Continuation of Graduate Painting 1; emphasizes the work to be presented as the student's exhibit thesis. This group of paintings is developed in individual consultation with the graduate faculty and is presented in a major exhibit at the end of the second year of graduate study. 3 cr, each semester.
  • CFA AR 861: Pro/Seminar (2 credits; spring semester)
    Art education student teachers witness faculty and guests who address their areas of expertise, and engage a learning community comprised of peers and professionals in meaningful, substantive dialogue. Students demonstrate the value of engaging in constructive conversations with people of differing opinions; show the commitment of BU, the College of Fine Arts, the School of Visual Arts, and the Department of Art Teacher and Museum Education to the life of the mind of those in the art community; and invite the larger community to see the results of studio teaching and learning. Graduate students in the studio teaching program take this course in conjunction with CFA AR 767 and undergraduate art education majors take this course in conjunction with CFA AR 365/366.
  • CFA AR 864: Elementary Methods of Art Education (4 credits; fall semester)
    From the kinesthetic experiences of rhythmic movement experienced by very young children to the development of individual symbol systems to develop a personal artistic language, this course provides an introduction to the methodology of teaching art to children in grades pre K-8. It aims to help students develop a personal philosophy of teaching and to translate evidence and theory into strategies that support children's learning in the visual arts. Topics of study include the artistic development of children in relation to cognitive, emotional, linguistic, and social growth; approaches to studio pedagogy and general communication skills; and lesson planning that addresses voluntary and mandated national, state, and local district curriculum standards. Drawing in the Galleries is a pre-practicum Saturday program offered one or two times during the fall by the Department of Art Teacher and Museum Education. Students who are taking this course engage K-8 grade level learners from Boston metropolitan area elementary schools in producing art work that is thematically aligned with current exhibitions in University galleries.
  • CFA AR 865: Pre-K-12 Visual Arts Curriculum Design and Writing
    Graduate students produce an illustrated thematic curriculum that covers Pre-K-12 studio studies in the visual arts for one year including a unit/lessons for the preceding and following course or year. Attention is given to generating a rationale for the curriculum, developing a teaching philosophy, describing district demographics, addressing 21st century skills, providing adaptations for both gifted and special needs students, etc. Accommodations are made to adapt course requirements for undergraduate art education majors. This course is taken in conjunction with student teaching and clinical practicums.
  • CFA AR 866: Secondary Methods of Art Education (4 credits; spring semester)
    This course is designed to acquaint the learner with the role of an art educator in the secondary setting. Art content and concepts are used to teach the ways in which the design of studio learning experiences can enhance students' artistic, creative, and aesthetic development. The cognitive, socio-cultural, and physical characteristics of pre-adolescent and adolescent learners that impact sound instructional methodology and planning as perceived by the school, the student(s), and the teacher are considered.