Options in Combination with a B.F.A. in Art (Studio Concentrations)

Art Education Certification

This program prepares students for careers as art educators, with a foundation in 2-D and 3-D design, drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, metals and jewelry, computer imaging, graphic design, and art history. Teaching and professional competencies are accomplished through courses in Psychology, Education, Art Education, and student teaching. Courses provide students with an analysis of teaching and the culture of the school through observation and tutoring and through examination of current issues and topics influencing contemporary education.

Students in a B.F.A. studio degree program (with the exception of Interior Design majors) can earn certification in Art Education. This certification provides a skilled background in the technical and historical aspects of art education as a prerequisite to teaching art in grades kindergarten through 12. The program emphasizes all arts as a means of arriving at aesthetic experiences.

Since students are required to take additional courses in liberal arts in order to meet the education certification requirements, up to one additional year may be required to earn certification. (See separate Education section in the Undergraduate Catalog.) Graduates who are recommended by the Chairs of the Education and Art and Design departments can receive the Instructional I Specialist (K–12) certificate to teach art in Pennsylvania.

Pre-Art Therapy

Students in a B.F.A. Studio degree program can combine it with a concentration in Pre-Art Therapy. In addition to the requirement for the B.F.A. Studio degree, students are required to take the Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology and Art Therapy courses listed under the requirements for Pre-Art Therapy. Students should meet with the Chair of the Department or their advisers to discuss the additional credits.

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