BFA Degree in Art Education {23-24}

B.F.A. Degree in Art Education

The Bachelor of Fine Art in Art Education provides students with the skills and knowledge to design and deliver art instruction in the grade school system or other venues such as museums, youth centers, elder care facilities, etc. Qualifications for teacher licensure in Minnesota or North Dakota will require one additional semester of student-teaching/coursework. To receive the BFA Degree in Art Education, the student must meet the minimum university requirements and specific requirements for the program. Completion of 120 credits with a 2.75 GPA or above is required to graduate with this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum. Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in all program requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the elements of art and the principles of design.
  • Ability to develop and successfully convey artistic concepts.
  • Ability to envision and develop original approaches to art making.
  • Craftsmanship (skill, sensitivity, consistency of technique).
  • Expressive quality (concept, style, choice of media, etc.).
  • Representative skill (proportions, perspective, etc.).
  • Verbal communication (professional presentation skills).
  • Physical presentation (professional presentation skills).
  • Overall portfolio development.

Program Delivery Mode
Land plus: face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required

Core Requirements ( 61 credits )

ART 101 Foundation Drawing I (4)
ART 125 Foundation Design (4)
ART 350 Elementary Art: Methods and Materials (4)
ART 375 Art Methods 7-12 (4)
ART 402 Advanced Methods: Art Education (4)

Must take 2 of the following 3 Art History courses (with Methods) (8 credits)

ART 233 Global Art History I (3) and ART 233M Global Art History I: Methods (1)
ART 234 Global Art History II (3) and ART 234M Global Art History II: Methods (1)
ART 235 Global Art History III (3) and ART 235M Global Art History III: Methods (1)

Total: 28 credits

Secondary Education Licensure Requirements
Students must earn at least a C- or higher in all licensure coursework.

COMM 100 Speech Communication (3)
ED 205 Introduction to Education (3)
ED 294 Educational Psychology (3)
ED 310 Social Foundations of Education (3)
ED 498 The Professional Teacher in the Classroom (3)
ED 448 Reading Study Skills in the Content Areas (3)
SPED 413 Teaching in Inclusive Environments (3)

Minimum of 12 credits of student teaching to include any combination of the following:
ED 461S Student Teaching: Secondary or
ED 460S Student Teaching: K-12 or
ED 461V Student Teaching: Secondary/K-12 or
ED 460M Student Teaching: Middle School

Total: 33 credits

To register for the appropriate student teaching courses, please consult with academic advisor and The School of Teaching and Learning Field Experience Office.  Teacher licensure requirements must be met in order to receive a secondary teaching license in the state of Minnesota. The MN Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board information can be found HERE.

Information on MSUM Teacher Licensure can be found HERE.

NOTE: Student teaching is NOT required for this degree; however, if the student plans to teach and be licensed in ND/MN, student teaching is required.

Designated Writing Intensive Course for Major
ART 375 Art Methods 7-12 (4)

Program Requirements

Student must complete Portfolio Review 1 and 2, and an Exhibition. A grade of C- must be earned in all ART courses counted towards the major. A minimum of 5 ART courses must be taken at MSUM.

Students need to fulfill the School of Teaching and Learning's SARTE requirements in order to take the required upper level education courses.

Student teaching is NOT required for this degree; however if the student wants licensure in ND/MN, student teaching is required.

Information on MSUM Teacher Licensure can be found HERE.

Restricted Electives ( 32 credits )

ART 203x Intro Studio (4)
ART 203x Intro Studio (4)
ART 203x Intro Studio (3D) (4)
ART 203x Intro Studio (4)
ART 203x Intro Studio (4)
ART 303x,304x,305x,306x Intermediate Studio (4)
ART 303x,304x,305x,306x Intermediate Studio (4)
ART 303x,304x,305x,306x Intermediate Studio (4)

x indicates the student may select from: A-Ceramics, C-Painting, D-Printmaking, E-Sculpture, F-Photography, H-Drawing, K-Fiber/Textiles, L-Illustration, N-Papermaking.