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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The School of Art Education BFA program provides a pathway to becoming an art teacher in classrooms, museums, and community-based art programs. Students are exposed to a wide range of visual art and design media, developing both a breadth and depth of skills and knowledge. Through coursework and fieldwork, they learn how to develop successful curriculum units and lesson plans for a wide range of audiences.

BFA Art Education Unit Requirements

Major Coursework
Core 51 units
Breadth 6 units
Minor 18 units
Liberal Arts 45 units
TOTAL 120 units

BFA Art Education Degree Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Minimum grade of C- in all major coursework, minor courses, and LA 108 Composition for the Artist

And the following general education requirements:

  • 3 Written Communication courses
  • 3 Art Historical Awareness courses
  • 1 Comparative Art History course
  • 1 U.S. Constitution course
  • 1 Quantitative Literacy course

After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

Additional Information

BFA Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Art and Design Skills

  • Create a portfolio of work representing a broad range of visual media as well as a specialized discipline of art / design

Teaching and Communication Skills

  • Design effective art education curricula targeted to an intended audience with consideration for the needs of diverse learners
  • Demonstrate appropriate applications of content standards such as the California Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade Visual Arts Standards
  • Articulate the importance of art in education based on research, observation and experience

Visual Literacy

  • Articulate the formal and expressive properties of works of art / design as well as their content, meaning and purpose

Knowledge of Human Development

  • Articulate appropriate strategies for meeting the needs of all learners and learning styles with consideration for human developmental stages, cultural and linguistic diversity, physical and cognitive disabilities and accelerated learning in art education settings

Professional Readiness

  • Demonstrate breadth and depth of accomplishment as an artist and art educator through a professional portfolio

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree + California K-12 Art Teaching Credential

The School of Art Education provides an accelerated option to complete the BFA and California Credential Program in 5 years with 141 total units for the two programs.

Upon completion of the two programs, student will have:

  • Developed an extensive Visual Art Portfolio
  • Passed all four California Teaching Performance Assessment Tasks (CALTPAs)
  • Successfully completed a semester of supervised student teaching in a public school setting

BFA Art Education Unit Requirements + Art Teaching Credential

Core 51 units
Breadth 6 units
Minor 18 units
Liberal Arts 45 units
BFA TOTAL 120 units

BFA Art Education Degree Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Minimum grade of C- in all major coursework, minor courses, and LA 108 Composition for the Artist

And the following general education requirements:

  • 3 Written Communication courses
  • 3 Art Historical Awareness courses
  • 1 Comparative Art History course
  • 1 U.S. Constitution course
  • 1 Quantitative Literacy course

After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

Additional Information


Art Teaching Credential Track I

Major 21 units
BFA + ATC Total 141 units

Acceptance in to the Art Credential Track I requires successful completion of the BFA Art Education with minimum GPA of 2.5 and a grade of B- or higher in the following courses:

  • ARE 205 Developmental Psychology
  • ARE 225 History of Art Education
  • ARE 310 Curriculum Development for the Art Classroom
  • ARE 460 Senior Seminar in Art Education
  • ARE 615 Integrating Technology into Art Education Settings

Additional Art Teaching Credential Entry requirements

  • Application: Complete the online application (A non‐refundable and non‐deferrable $100 application fee is required)
  • CBEST Test Results: Official results of passing the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) must be submitted by the first semester of the fourth year of the BFA program
  • CSET Test Results: Official results of passing the California Subject Matter Examination Test (CSET) in Art must be submitted by the first semester of the fourth year of the BFA program
  • TB Health Certificate Clearance: Official results of the TB Health Certificate clearance
  • Certificate of Clearance from Department of Justice (DOJ) & Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Official documentation of the fingerprint clearance from the DOJ and FBI
  • Resume: An outline of educational and professional experience
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation: Three verifiable letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources
  • CPR and First Aid Workshop Certificate: Official documentation proving successful completion of an approved CPR and First Aid workshop/class

NOTE: The CPR/First Aid Workshop or class must be approved by the California Emergency Medical and Safety Authority (EMSA)
NOTE: Completion of the CPR/First Aid Workshop must be completed prior to second semester courses that require fieldwork

BFA Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Art and Design Skills

  • Create a portfolio of work representing a broad range of visual media as well as a specialized discipline of art / design

Teaching and Communication Skills

  • Design effective art education curricula targeted to an intended audience with consideration for the needs of diverse learners
  • Demonstrate appropriate applications of content standards such as the California Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade Visual Arts Standards
  • Articulate the importance of art in education based on research, observation and experience

Visual Literacy

  • Articulate the formal and expressive properties of works of art / design as well as their content, meaning and purpose

Knowledge of Human Development

  • Articulate appropriate strategies for meeting the needs of all learners and learning styles with consideration for human developmental stages, cultural and linguistic diversity, physical and cognitive disabilities and accelerated learning in art education settings

Professional Readiness

  • Demonstrate breadth and depth of accomplishment as an artist and art educator through a professional portfolio

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
Art Teaching Credential Learning Outcomes

Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Teaching Skills

  • Make subject matter comprehensible to students
  • Gauge student learning using a variety of assessment strategies
  • Engage and support all students in learning
  • Plan instruction and design learning experiences for all students
  • Create and maintain an effective environment for student learning
  • Develop as a professional educator

Professional Readiness

  • Create a professional portfolio suitable for seeking employment as a credentialed art educator in the state of California

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

The School of Art Education provides a pathway to teaching in art museums and community-based art programs. As Art Education majors, students develop a thorough knowledge of art and design content along with the concepts for understanding and teaching their audiences.

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