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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

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 Unit Requirements
Pedagogy Core 21 units
Art & Design Core 33 units
Art/Design Portfolio 21 units
Liberal Arts 45 units
TOTAL 120 units

BFA Art Education Degree Requirements

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

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA 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

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.

Blended Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree + California K-12 Art Teaching Credential Program

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:

  • Developed an extensive Portfolio of both visual art and lesson plans for diverse audiences.
  • Completed coursework in preparation to submit California Teaching Performance Assessment Tasks (CALTPAs)
  • Successfully completed a semester of supervised student teaching in a public school setting
BFA Art Education Unit Requirements
Pedagogy Core 21 units
Art & Design Core 33 units
Art/Design Portfolio 21 units
Liberal Arts 45 units
BFA TOTAL 120 units
Art Teaching Credential Track I Unit Requirements
Pedagogy 9 units
Student Teaching 12 units
CREDENTIAL TOTAL 21 units
BFA Track 1 120 units
+ Art Teaching Credential Track 1 21 units
BLENDED TOTAL 141 units
BFA Art Education + Art Teaching Credential Degree Requirements
  • Minimum grade of C- in all major coursework, minor courses, and LA 108 Composition for the Artist
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA 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

     

A minimum grade of B- is required in the following courses to remain on Track 1 for the Art Teaching Credential:

  • 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 Information

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.

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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Undergraduate Degree Breakdown

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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