The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Arts with a concentration in art education is an approved teacher preparation program that complies with the professional standards of the Virginia Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is further accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. All of these agencies assure the highest professional program standards. Graduates of the program are eligible for Virginia teacher licensure to teach art in pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Students will develop a professional philosophical position about the relevance and importance of art education.
  • Students will implement/acquire a variety of art instructional strategies that
    1. reflect an understanding of the artistic, cognitive, emotional and social development of children as well as
    2. national, state and local curricular standards and
    3. assessment techniques in order to meet the needs of diverse learners.
  • Students will be able to create and adapt learning environments that address the needs of all students.
  • Students will be able to design assessment methods to
    1. measure student knowledge and skills,
    2. improve student learning and
    3. further professional practice.
  • Students will teach art in ways that engage traditional and contemporary artists (diverse in regards to gender, ethnicity, sexual identity, social class and other dimensions of identity).
  • Students will seek internships, service-learning positions and local, national and international experiences that lead to research and deepen engagement with diverse communities.
 

Special requirements

Admission

Undergraduate students admitted to the School of the Arts who have successfully completed the Art Foundation Program (or the equivalent at another institution) are eligible to apply through the Department of Art Education to enter the program.

Transfer students and students currently attending VCU must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to be considered for departmental admission; however, there is a higher cumulative GPA requirement of 2.8 for departmental admission to teacher preparation (see below for more information).

Accepted students

Accepted students are required to attend an orientation session with an academic adviser from the Department of Art Education. Transfer students, second-degree-seeking students, double majors and change of major students are required to meet with the administrative director prior to beginning course work in the department. The name and contact information of academic advisers may be obtained from the Department of Art Education.

Art education policy of reasonable progress

A student seeking a B.F.A. in Arts with a concentration in art education who does not enroll in courses in the major for three or more consecutive semesters (not including summers) will be dismissed from the program. To continue in the program, students must reapply to the program, submitting a portfolio and undergoing a grade review. Declared double majors not enrolled in ARTE courses for three consecutive semesters (not including summers) are required to state their intention to continue the major in writing to the chair.

Course failures and withdrawals

All students must successfully complete the courses outlined in the curriculum. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all ARTE courses. A student who earns a grade of D or F or withdraws from any required course may repeat the course once. If a grade of D or F is earned in the repeated course or if the student withdraws, the student will be terminated from the program. Students with special circumstances who wish to remain in the major must appeal to the chair and receive approval in writing to continue in the program.

Cautionary status

If a student’s GPA falls below a 2.8 or if a faculty member raises concerns about a student’s professional disposition at any point, the student will be put on cautionary status. The chair will review students designated with cautionary status each semester to determine continuation in the program. Students will be notified if they are placed on cautionary status.

Pre-teacher preparation

During the first two semesters in the Department of Art Education, students should complete ARTE   310 during the fall semester and ARTE   311 during the spring semester. Note: ARTE   310 is a prerequisite of ARTE   311.

Students will be required to register for and take the required Praxis I exams (or show proof of exemption by official SAT or ACT score reports) and take the required Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment exam during ARTE   310. Students must successfully pass their Praxis I and VCLA exams in order to be eligible for departmental admission into teacher preparation (see below for further explanation). Any student that has not successfully passed the Praxis I exams by the time they complete ARTE   311 must set up a meeting with the department chair.

It is advised that students complete ARTE   250, EDUS   301 and TEDU   330/ARTE   450 during their first year in the Department of Art Education.

Teacher Preparation Program

All students are required to apply for teacher preparation during ARTE   311. Students who do not have passing test scores at that time will be eligible to reapply in the fall for spring teacher prep admission. Students are granted provisional teacher prep acceptance pending successful second year review.

Applications are due to the administrative director by established deadlines of each semester. If students do not complete their applications on time with hard copies of passing score reports, they will not be guaranteed enrollment in ARTE   401 the following semester.

Requirements for departmental admission to teacher preparation:

  • Submission of completed Application to Teacher Preparation form by established deadline
  • Minimum of 2.8 cumulative GPA
  • Successful completion of ARTE   310 and ARTE   311 (six credits)
  • Passing scores on required Praxis I exams or exemption with SAT or ACT scores (www.ets.org)
  • Passing scores on required VCLA
  • No record of a felony conviction
  • Completion of the Dispositions Acknowledgement Form (included with departmental Application for Teacher Preparation)
  • Successful second-year review

Departmental admission to the Teacher Preparation Program is required for enrollment in practicum courses (ARTE   401 and ARTE   402) and clinical internship (ARTE   404, TEDU   485 and TEDU   486). Note: ARTE   401 is a prerequisite of ARTE   402. Enrollment is granted to ARTE   401 and ARTE   402 through an override from the Department of Art Education.

Second-year review

A review of student work, GPA and dispositions takes place at the completion of ARTE   311. Reviews are rated satisfactory unsatisfactory or provisional. The student must receive a satisfactory or provisional evaluation from the faculty to continue in the program. Students who receive provisional approval will be reviewed by the chair after each practicum to determine continuation in the program.

Students must register for and take the required Praxis II: Art Content Knowledge exam (www.ets.org) before they apply for clinical internship (student teaching).

During teacher preparation, students will continue to complete required art history, studio and general studies course work.

Clinical internship

All students are required to complete a full semester of clinical internship (student teaching). Students must complete and submit an application to clinical internship by the established deadline in order to be eligible. If students do not complete their applications on time with hard copies of passing score reports, they will not be guaranteed acceptance into clinical internship. Students are granted provisional student teaching acceptance pending successful faculty practicum review.

Requirements for clinical internship:

  • Departmental admission into the Teacher Preparation Program
  • Submission of completed departmental application for clinical internship by established deadline
  • Successful completion of all other required course work
  • Minimum of 2.8 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA in art education courses and no grade lower than a C
  • Passing scores on the Praxis I or exemption with SAT or ACT scores
  • Passing scores on the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment
  • Passing scores on the Praxis II: Art Content Knowledge exam
  • Completion of the online Child Abuse Prevention training and certification of successful completion
  • Submission of a tuberculosis screening must accompany the application for clinical internship and must be dated no more than a year from the expected date of completion of clinical internship
  • Successful faculty practicum review

Degree requirements for Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with a concentration in art education

General Education requirements

University Core Education Curriculum
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IFocused Inquiry I3
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IIFocused Inquiry II3
UNIV   200Inquiry and the Craft of Argument3
Approved humanities/fine arts3
Approved natural/physical sciences3-4
Approved quantitative literacy3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences3-4
Total Hours21-24
Additional General Education requirements
EDUS   301Human Development and Learning3
Non-Western history3
Literature elective 13
Total Hours9
1

See electives list below.

Collateral requirements

Art Foundation Program
ARTF   131Drawing Studio3
ARTF   132Surface Research3
ARTF   133Space Research3
ARTF   134Time Studio3
ARTF   139Project2
Art history
ARTH   103
ARTH   104
Survey of Art I
and Survey of Art II
6
Additional requirements
PAPR   205Painting, Basic4
SCPT   211Basic Sculpture I4
2-dimensional elective 13-4
3-dimensional elective 13-4
Ceramics elective 14
Contemporary art history 13
Non-Western art history 13
Photography elective 13-4
Studio art or art history open electives (from ARTE, ARTH, COAR, CRAF, PAPR, PHTO, SCPT)7
Upper-level art history (ARTH course at the 300 level or higher)3
Total Hours57-60
1

See electives list below.

Major requirements

ARTE   250Computer Technology in Art Education3
ARTE   301Art for Elementary Teachers3
ARTE   311Art Education Curriculum and Instructional Procedures3
ARTE   401Art Education Elementary Materials and Practicum4
ARTE   402Art Education Secondary Materials and Practicum4
ARTE   404Clinical Internship Seminar (capstone)1
ARTE   450Art for the Exceptional Student3
or SEDP   330 Survey of Special Education
TEDU   485Directed Student Teaching I6
TEDU   486Directed Student Teaching II6
Total Hours33

Total minimum requirement 120 credits

Electives

2-dimensional elective
ARTE   408Two-dimensional Art Experiences3
PAPR course numbered 200-499
PHTO course numbered 200-499
3-dimensional elective
ARTE   409Three-dimensional Art Experiences3
CRAF course numbered 200-499
SCPT course numbered 200-499
Ceramics elective
CRAF   240Introduction to Ceramics4
CRAF   241Ceramics: Handbuilding4
CRAF   242Ceramics: Wheelthrowing4
Contemporary art history
ARTH   302Museums in the 21st Century3
ARTH   330
ARTH   339
20th-century Art and Architecture
and Modern and Contemporary Art and Architecture of Latin America
6
ARTH   340Art and Architecture of the United States3
ARTH   365Modern and Contemporary Art I3
ARTH   366Modern and Contemporary Art II3
ARTH   430Modern Painting3
ARTH   431Modern Sculpture3
ARTH   439Studies in 20th-century Art3
Literature
ENGL   201Western World Literature I3
ENGL   202Western World Literature II3
ENGL   203British Literature I3
ENGL   204British Literature II3
ENGL   205American Literature I3
ENGL   206American Literature II3
ENGL   215Textual Analysis3
ENGL/GSWS 236Women in Literature3
ENGL/TEDU 386Children's Literature I3
Non-Western art history
ARTH   207Introduction to Non-Western Art3
ARTH   245Survey of Asian Art3
ARTH   260Islamic Art Survey3
ARTH   261Islamic Art Survey3
ARTH   301Art and Architecture of Ancient North America3
ARTH   311Islamic Art and the West Before 12003
ARTH   312Islamic Art and the West From 1200 to 16003
ARTH   335Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture3
ARTH   338Colonial Art and Architecture of Latin America3
ARTH   339Modern and Contemporary Art and Architecture of Latin America3
ARTH 350/AFAM   413African and Oceanic Art3
ARTH/AFAM 358African Art and Architecture3
ARTH/AFAM 440Contemporary Art and Architecture of Africa3
ARTH course numbered 445-454
Photography elective
ARTE   407Photography in Art Education3
PHTO   243Darkroom3
PHTO   245Design Photography I3
PHTO   491Topics in Photography and Film1-4

What follows is a sample plan that meets the prescribed requirements within a four-year course of study at VCU. Please contact your adviser before beginning course work toward a degree.

Freshman year
Fall semesterHours
ARTF   131 Drawing Studio 3
ARTF   133 Space Research 3
ARTF   139 Project 1
ARTH   103 Survey of Art I 3
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry I Focused Inquiry I 3
Quantitative literacy course (University Core) 3
 Term Hours: 16
Spring semester
ARTF   132 Surface Research 3
ARTF   134 Time Studio 3
ARTF   139 Project 1
ARTH   104 Survey of Art II 3
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry II Focused Inquiry II 3
Social/behavioral sciences course (University Core) 3
 Term Hours: 16
Sophomore year
Fall semester
ARTE   250 Computer Technology in Art Education 3
ARTE   310 Foundations of Art Education 3
EDUS   301 Human Development and Learning 3
SCPT   211 Basic Sculpture I 4
Humanities/fine arts course (University Core) 3
 Term Hours: 16
Spring semester
ARTE   311 Art Education Curriculum and Instructional Procedures 3
UNIV   200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
PAPR   205 Painting, Basic 4
Natural/physical sciences course (University Core) 3
Non-Western history 3
 Term Hours: 16
Junior year
Fall semester
ARTE   401 Art Education Elementary Materials and Practicum 4
3-dimensional studio elective 3
Literature elective 3
Non-Western art history 3
Photography elective 3
 Term Hours: 16
Spring semester
ARTE   450
or TEDU   330
Art for the Exceptional Student
or
3
CRAF   240 Introduction to Ceramics 4
2-dimensional studio elective 3
Contemporary art history 3
 Term Hours: 13
Senior year
Fall semester
ARTE   402 Art Education Secondary Materials and Practicum 4
Studio/art history electives 7
Upper-level art history 3
 Term Hours: 14
Spring semester
ARTE   404 Clinical Internship Seminar 1
TEDU   485 Directed Student Teaching I 6
TEDU   486 Directed Student Teaching II 6
 Term Hours: 13
 Total Hours: 120
 

ARTE   250. Computer Technology in Art Education. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. For art education majors only. The use of computer as a tool for creating electronic imagery, as a filtering mechanism for traditional media and to develop teaching materials for the pre-K through 12th-grade classroom. The course includes an introduction to presentation technology, digital imaging and Web page design. Ethical and copyright issues related to new technologies will be addressed.

ARTE   301. Art for Elementary Teachers. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 1 lecture, 1 seminar and 2 studio hours. 3-3 credits. Prerequisite: completion of ARTE   301 to enroll in ARTE   302. The nature of art and its function in the lives of individuals and society is considered in addition to materials and methods for guiding the visual expression of children.

ARTE   302. Art for Elementary Teachers. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 1 lecture, 1 seminar and 2 studio hours. 3-3 credits. Prerequisite: completion of ARTE   301 to enroll in ARTE   302. The nature of art and its function in the lives of individuals and society is considered in addition to materials and methods for guiding the visual expression of children.

ARTE   310. Foundations of Art Education. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. For art education majors only or by approval of the department chair. An examination of art education within the curricular structure of educational programs and the developmental growth of children. Students will explore the historical, philosophical and sociological foundations of art in education, including art education's development and current roles.

ARTE   311. Art Education Curriculum and Instructional Procedures. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARTE   310. For art education majors only. A study of the principles of learning, instruction and curriculum in art education programs. Students will develop teaching competencies through micro-teaching experiences, analysis of instructional methods and writing units of study.

ARTE   401. Art Education Elementary Materials and Practicum. 4 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture and 3 studio hours. 4 credits. Prerequisites: UNIV   200 or HONR   200, admission to the art teacher preparation program and completion of ARTE   311. For art education majors only or by the approval of the department chair. A preparatory experience with observation and participation in art programs in elementary grades prior to student teaching. This course explores art materials, techniques and teaching methods suitable for this level; and analyzes evaluation strategies appropriate for art.

ARTE   402. Art Education Secondary Materials and Practicum. 4 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture and 3 studio hours. 4 credits. Prerequisites: admission to the art teacher preparation program and completion of ARTE   311. For art education majors only or by approval of department chair. A preparatory experience with observation and participation in art programs in middle school, secondary school and nontraditional settings prior to student teaching. This course explores art materials and techniques suitable for these levels, examines developmental performance levels and analyzes evaluation methods appropriate for art. Writing intensive.

ARTE   404. Clinical Internship Seminar. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 1 seminar hour. 1 credit. Corequisites: TEDU   485 and 486. For art education majors only. Capstone experience. A seminar concurrent with clinical internship (student teaching) that gives students an opportunity to discuss and evaluate their progress in teaching assignments and other related activities.

ARTE   407. Photography in Art Education. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. A general introduction to the technical, theoretical and historical issues related to photography. Taught as a seminar and workshop teaching both digital and traditional camera functions, photographic terms, concepts, history, technique and alternative processes applicable to K-12 education.

ARTE   408. Two-dimensional Art Experiences. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 seminar and 4 studio hours. 3 credits. Open to art education majors only. Students will explore the two-dimensional traditional and emerging media that are relevant to teaching. The focus will be contemporary methods and conceptual approaches to visual meaning-making.

ARTE   409. Three-dimensional Art Experiences. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 1 seminar and 4 studio hours. 3 credits. Open to art education majors only. Students will explore the three-dimensional traditional and emerging media that are relevant to teaching. The focus will be contemporary methods and conceptual approaches to visual meaning-making.

ARTE   450. Art for the Exceptional Student. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARTE   311. For art education majors only. A study of the unique characteristics of exceptional students as related to involvement in the arts. The course examines disabled, aged, gifted, talented and other exceptional learners, and may include practicum and field experiences.

ARTE   491. Special Topics. 3 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. Variable credit. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits with different content. A seminar and/or workshop offered on a variety of art education issues not included in the regular curriculum. See the Schedule of Classes for specific topics to be offered each semester.

ARTE   492. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. 1-6 credits per semester. May be repeated for a maximum total of 6 credits. Prerequisites: consent of department chair and instructor. Offered to art education majors only. This course will be limited to those few students who have demonstrated an exceptional level of ability and intense commitment to a particular area.

ARTE   493. Internship. 1-6 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. 1-6 credits. May be repeated for a maximum total of 6 credits. Consent of department chair required. Offered to art education majors only. This service-learning course is designed to encourage students to seek internships with organizations that lead to research in art education and deepen engagement with diverse communities. Students must secure departmental approval for internships the semester prior to registration. International internships must register with the Education Abroad office.

ARTE   494. International Field Experience. 1-6 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. 1-6 credits. Education Abroad application and consent of instructor required. Open to all students. This course is designed to facilitate student interactions with arts organizations in international settings that lead to research in art education and deepen engagement with diverse communities.