BFA in Art Education

All regular programs—art education, graphic design, painting, printmaking, and sculpture—lead to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). For this degree the candidate must meet the following requirements:

  1. Satisfactory completion of all courses in the chosen program of study, as determined by the School of Visual Arts
  2. Completion of a program of study equaling 132 semester credits, registering for eight semesters as a full-time student or the equivalent
  3. Demonstration of proficiency satisfactory to the faculty in all technical or professional courses

Requirements for Entering Major Areas

To enter into a major, students must have completed foundation requirements.

To be permitted to move from the junior to the senior year, a student must receive a grade of C or higher in his or her major subject.

A student who has received a D and is therefore disqualified from entering any major area may submit a portfolio of work to a committee composed of the faculty member who gave the grade of D and the faculty teaching in the major area, with a petition that the admission requirements for entrance to the major area be waived. The requirement for admission may be waived at the director’s discretion in consultation with the faculty committee.

Five-Year BFA/MA Program

Undergraduate students who wish to major in graphic design, painting, printmaking, or sculpture but would also like to obtain state licensure to teach art in the public schools can combine an undergraduate studio art major (BFA) with a Master of Arts (MA) in Studio Teaching degree. This master’s program includes all licensure requirements.

Refer to the program page for full details.

Liberal Arts Requirements

The School of Visual Arts BFA degrees in painting, printmaking, graphic design, and sculpture require a minimum of 28 credits of liberal arts elective courses. The BFA in Art Education requires 28 liberal arts credits to complete the course of study for graduation. All majors require WR 100 and varying credits of History of Art & Architecture and Contemporary Issues.  The following distribution guidelines are in effect for liberal arts electives starting with the Class of 2012.

The liberal arts electives must include a variety of courses that fulfill one of the following three tracks:

  1. A liberal arts distribution as follows:
    1. Sciences/social sciences/history—8 credits
    2. Language/literature/philosophy—8 credits


  2. A CAS minor
  3. An individually designed plan of study (i.e., arts administration or Russian literature) outlined in a detailed written proposal, and pre-approved by the student’s faculty advisor at the end of the first year of study.

Art Education Program of Study

The BFA requires 132 semester credits.

Art Education
Prerequisites to Elect the Art Education Major (total 42 prerequisite credits):
Drawing I (first two freshman semesters) 8 cr
Additional Drawing (1) and Printmaking (1) electives 8 cr
Intro to Art Education 2 cr
Painting I, II, or III (minimum two semesters) 8 cr
Sculpture I 4 cr
History of Art & Architecture (minimum two semesters) 8 cr
Freshman Writing 4 cr
Additional Requirements to Complete the BFA in Art Education (total 88 credits):
The following courses are needed to meet state licensing requirements.
Technology Course 4 cr
General Psychology (CAS) 4 cr
Child Growth and Development 4 cr
Ceramics 4 cr
Photography 4 cr
Processes and Structures 4 cr
Art Education I, II 8 cr
Special Populations 2 cr
Contemporary Issues in Art Education 2 cr
Art Education Seminars I and II 4 cr
Practicum Pre-K–8 4 cr
Practicum 5–12 4 cr
Art Education III 4 cr
History of Art & Architecture (additional) 4 cr
Electives (total 34 credits):
Sciences | Social Sciences | History 8 cr
Language | Literature | Philosophy 8 cr
Additional liberal arts electives 12 cr
Additional studio or general electives 6 cr
132 cr