BFA in Art Education

This major provides students with the opportunity to become skilled artists as well as to prepare for teaching art in pre-K–12 settings. Studio, education, and liberal arts courses are required study. In addition to the academic requirements, students complete two 300-hour practicums in the field with an Art Education Department–approved mentor. One field placement at the elementary level and one secondary placement when successfully completed meets the Massachusetts Department of Education requirement for the initial Visual Arts teaching license. In addition to formal placements, students are encouraged to complete fieldwork in art classes in area schools.


All students entering as freshmen in Fall 2018 and after will pursue coursework in the BU Hub, a general education program that is integrated into the entire undergraduate experience. BU Hub requirements are flexible and can be satisfied in many different ways, through coursework in and beyond the major and, in some cases, through co-curricular activities. Students majoring in Art Education will ordinarily, through coursework in the major, satisfy a number of BU Hub requirements in Philosophical, Historical & Aesthetic Exploration; Social Inquiry; and Diversity, Civic Engagement & Global Citizenship; as well as some of the requirements in Communication and the Intellectual Toolkit. Remaining BU Hub requirements will be satisfied by selecting from a wide range of available courses outside the major or, in some cases, co-curricular experiences.

Art Education Program of Study

The BFA requires 132 semester credits.

Visual Arts Foundation Requirements
CFA AR 131, 132 Drawing I 8 cr
CFA AR 141 Foundation Painting 4 cr
CFA AR 121 Foundation Sculpture 4 cr
CAS AH 111, 112 History of Art & Architecture 8 cr
Art Education Major Requirements
CFA AR 261 Intro to Art Education 2 cr
Additional Drawing (1) and Printmaking (1) electives 8 cr
CFA AR 241 Painting II or CFA AR 242 Painting III 4 cr
The following courses are needed to meet state licensing requirements.
Design or Technology Course 4 cr
CAS PS 101 General Psychology 4 cr
CFA AR 586 Child Growth and Development in Art Education 4 cr
CFA AR 470 Ceramics I 4 cr
CFA AR 415, 508, 515 Photography Course 4 cr
CFA AR 566 Processes and Structures 4 cr
CFA AR 361, 362 Elementary and Secondary Methods in Art Education 8 cr
CFA AR 567 Teaching Art to Special Populations 2 cr
CFA AR 559 Contemporary Issues in Art Education 2 cr
CFA AR 563, 564 Practicum Seminars Pre-K–8 and 5–12 (2 cr each) 4 cr
CFA AR 365 Practicum Pre-K–8 4 cr
CFA AR 366 Practicum 5–12 4 cr
CFA AR 468 Pre-K–12 Visual Arts Curriculum Design and Writing 4 cr
History of Art & Architecture elective 4 cr
BU Hub Requirements Outside Major and Electives
BU Hub Requirements outside the major, including First-Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 120) and Writing, Research & Inquiry (e.g., WR 150/151/152) or equivalent 32 cr
Additional BU Hub Requirements and/or studio/general electives 6 cr
132 cr