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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

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.


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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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