Five-Year BFA/MA in Studio Teaching

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. This master’s program includes all licensure requirements.

Combining the BFA and MA programs can be accomplished in five years by taking liberal arts electives during summer sessions. This program meets the standards set forth in the Massachusetts regulations for both initial and ensuing professional licensure.

Five-Year Art Education Program of Study

Art Education: 5-Year Program
The following courses are needed to meet Massachusetts licensing requirements.
Technology Course 4 cr
General Psychology (CAS) 4 cr
AR 261: Intro to Art Education SPRING ONLY (sophomore year) 2 cr
PS 586: Child Growth and Development FALL ONLY (senior year) 4 cr
Ceramics 4 cr
Photography 4 cr
Printmaking 4 cr
AR 566: Processes and Structures SPRING ONLY (junior year–juniors planning to
study abroad may take this sophomore year with permission)
4 cr
AR 864: Teaching Art K–9 FALL ONLY (senior year) 4 cr
AR 866: Teaching Art 5–12 SPRING ONLY (senior year) 4 cr
AR 567: Special Populations SPRING ONLY (senior year) 2 cr
AR 559: Contemporary Issues in Art Education FALL ONLY (senior year) 2 cr

The courses in boldface are those that count toward the MA in Studio Teaching. They total 20 credits and may be taken as soon as the foundation requirements (including Intro to Art Education in the sophomore year) have been completed. The other, non-boldface courses should be taken as electives in compliance with licensing requirements in Massachusetts and most other states. They can be taken anytime in the four-year schedule and do NOT count toward the MA in Studio Teaching. They DO count as major electives.

The fifth year of the program is done as a graduate student and follows the completion of the BFA in graphic design, painting, or sculpture.