Art Education, BFA

for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Art Education

school office: 143 Art and Design Building, Champaign, IL 61820

contact: coordinator of undergraduate academic affairs: Mark Avery


phone: (217) 333-6632

school website: School of Art & Design

school faculty: Art & Design Faculty

overview of college admissions & requirements: Fine & Applied Arts

college website: Fine & Applied Arts

The curriculum in art education requires 130 credit hours and prepares students for positions as teachers of art in the public and private schools, grades kindergarten through twelve. The program places emphasis on theory, methods, materials, processes, and practice teaching in Illinois schools. For teacher education requirements applicable to all curricula, see the Council on Teacher Education.

In order to be recommended for licensure, candidates are required to maintain a UIUC cumulative grade-point average of 2.5, content area course GPA of 3.0, and professional education course GPA of 3.0 (A=4.0). Candidates should consult their art education advisor or the Council on Teacher Education for the list of courses used to compute these grade-point averages.

for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Art Education

Students in the School of Art and Design must complete the Campus General Education requirements. Some Art and Design courses will also apply toward the General Education requirements.

A portfolio review is required for admission to the School of Art and Design.

Students majoring in this degree program must complete the First Year Curriculum requirements before beginning other major requirements.

First Year Curriculum

FAA 101Arts at Illinois1
ARTF 101Contemporary Issues in Art2
ARTE 101Art, Design, and Society2
ARTH 110Introduction to the History of Art and Visual Culture3
Select one Drawing course:3
Observational Drawing
Expressive Drawing
Visualization Drawing
Select one course in 2D Category:3
Introduction to Graphic Design
Introduction to Printmaking (required for Studio Art: Printmaking)
Fashion Illustration (required for Studio Art: Fashion)
Beginning Painting (required for Studio Art: Painting)
Basic Photography (required for Studio Art: Photography)
Select one course in 3D Category:3
Introduction to Industrial Design
Ceramics Sculpture I
Jewelry/Metals I
Beginning Sculpture (required for Studio Art: Sculpture)
Select one course in 4D Category:3
Image Practice
Time Arts I
Interaction I
Total Hours20

Art Education Requirements

Art education courses are applicable to professional education requirements for teacher certification.

Art Education Requirements
These courses must be completed prior to student teaching
ARTE 202Facilitating the Art Experience3
ARTE 203Everyday Arts Lab3
ARTE 204Practicum Teaching Experience2
ARTE 301Curriculum, Assessment, and Art Education3
ARTE 302Art-Centered Learning at the Secondary Level3
ARTE 393Teachers as Researchers3
Total Hours17
Professional Education
PSYC 100Intro Psych4
EPS 201Foundations of Education3
EPSY 201Educational Psychology3
SPED 405General Educator's Role in Special Education3
CI 473Disciplinary Literacy3
Total Hours16
Student Teaching
ARTE 401Teaching Seminar4
EDPR 438Educational Practice in Special Fields5
EDPR 442Educational Practice in Secondary Education5
Total Hours14
Art and Design Requirements
ARTS 251Beginning Painting3
ARTS 354Intermediate Painting3
or ARTS 252 Making and Meaning
One Additional 3D Course (200 level or above)3
One Additional 4D Course (200 level or above)3
Total Hours12
Art History
Advanced art history (200-level or above)9
Total Hours9
Art & Design Electives (ARTS, ARTD, ARTE, ARTH, or ARTJ courses not otherwise required in major9
Open electives as needed to total 130 hour degree in consultation with advisor
Total Hours9
Total Hours122