Art Education B.F.A.

Department of Art & Design

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The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Art Education provides students with the aesthetic and pedagogical training necessary not only to be effective K-12 art teachers, but also to engage in shaping the future of arts in education. Offered in cooperation with the College of Education and Human Services Professions, the program includes experience in a range of art studio areas and art history, in addition to courses in arts education methodology. Grounded in the belief that teachers  learn best by doing, field experience is central to the program, which includes arranged teaching in area elementary classrooms as well as in public and private agencies, in addition to extensive supervised student teaching.

Students interested in the teaching of art may pursue K-12 art teaching licensure through this major, offered in cooperation with the College of Education and Human Services Professions. The program includes experience in a range of art studio areas, art history and arts education methods courses. Students apply for admission to the licensure program and complete the courses required by the State Department of Education and the Board of Teaching.

Field experiences are central to this major, and include arranged teaching in the area elementary grades and in public and private agencies, observation and participation in the area secondary schools, and extensive supervised student teaching.

GPA of at least 2.50 in the major field is required for graduation. No grade of less than C-minus may be earned for any course in the major.

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UMD Art and Design is accredited by NASAD,
the National Association of Schools of Art and Design,
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