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Become an art educator and inspire a new generation of artists. Tap unparalleled creative resources at the Academy of Art University’s School of Art Education—studio space, workshops, diverse design courses, field training, and more. You’ll graduate with the ability to guide others to artistic fulfillment.
Melissa Stevens | Art Education
Marina Wang | Art Education
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The School of Art Education’s philosophy is that every educator should be skilled in and passionate about what they teach. Our students develop a broad range of their own visual art skills as well as a deep understanding of pedagogy – the art and science of teaching. Our graduates bring artistry to their classrooms that inspires and teaching abilities that succeed.
The Pedagogy Core trains students how to create effective lesson plans and engage their classroom. The Art and Design Core Curriculum builds skills in the five processes taught in a typical K-12 classroom: drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and computer generated art. The Art/Design Portfolio requirement allows students to choose additional studio courses from the myriad offered at the Academy, to create a portfolio highlighting both the breadth and depth of their skills.
BFA Art Education Degree Requirements
3 Written Communication courses
3 Art Historical Awareness courses
1 Comparative Art History course
1 U.S. Constitution course
1 Quantitative Literacy course
Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:
Art and Design Skills
Teaching and Communication Skills
Knowledge of Human Development
Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:
For prospective BFA students who are interested in teaching in California public schools, the School of Art Education provides an opportunity to complete the BFA and California Credential Program in 5 years. Upon completion of the blended programs, student will have:
A minimum grade of B- is required in the following courses to remain on Track 1 for the Art Teaching Credential:
After completing all coursework and student teaching requirements of the Blended program and passing all four California Teacher Performance Assessments tests (CALTPAs); students are recommended for a K-12 Art California teaching credential.
Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:
Explore our course catalog and take classes based on your interests, either online or in our world-class facilities in San Francisco.
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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.
Director of Art Education