Art Education


The Department of Art and Art History, in cooperation with the School of Education at the University of Texas at Arlington, offers a Bachelor of Fine Art (B.F.A.) in Art with Teacher Certification for grades K-12. The suggested plan of study comprises a series of lectures and media activities dealing with current issues in the teaching of art concepts and media manipulation, as well as the history and development of art. The program is specifically designed to establish a basic understanding of the goals and objectives necessary to becoming a professional teacher of visual arts in public schools and a wide variety of other classroom situations.

The Texas Teacher Certification in Art requires 133 credit hours earned within the Department of Art & Art History and College of Education and Health Professions academic programs. It entails earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Art, in addition to 15 hours of College of Education and Health Professions coursework required to fulfill minimum certification guidelines in Texas.

Art majors are encouraged to apply to the Teacher Education Program within the College of Education and Health Professions after one full semester of coursework has been completed. Consult the College of Education and Health Professions Advising Office for information concerning additional application requirements and/or State of Texas requirements for certification.

NOTE: The BFA program requires a 3.0 concentration grade point average, and the College of Education and Health Professions requires a 3.0 concentration grade point average.


ART 3322
Introduction to Art Education (Lecture)
This course studies the theories and outlines the history of art education and provides undergraduate students with the basic knowledge, skills, and strategies for teaching art. Students will be introduced to current issues in art education including multicultural, visual culture, technological art education, creativity, museum collaborations, and arts for special needs. The course will cover TEKS and national visual arts standards, a child¿s artistic development, learning styles, and philosophy. Also, students will learn and understand professional development resources. Prerequisites: None
ART 3323
Planning and Constructing Art Curricula (Lecture/Studio)
This course reviews and introduces the elements needed to create art education curricula including production, performance and exhibition of visual art and other performing arts practices, historical and cultural contexts as well as critical and aesthetic response. Students will focus on curriculum development for both 2D and 3D artwork for various age levels. Prerequisite: None; however students are highly encouraged to take Art 3322 before, or concurrent with, this course.
ART 3359
Applying and Teaching Art Curricula (Lecture/Studio)
This course provides art education students with an overview of teaching in the K-12 art classroom through further exploration in curriculum and instructional methods as well as observation in the DFW area public schools. Students are provided opportunities to observe various work situations, to reflect on their own education, and to examine teaching practices within the arts. Emphasis is placed on both 2D and 3D studio issues. Students are expected to develop professional skills in observation and written and oral communication. The material in this course serves to establish a foundation for building professional awareness and a normative philosophy of art education. Prerequisite: ART 3323.
ART 4365
Technology in Art Education (Lecture/Studio)
This course provides digital media presentation strategies to enhance teacher effectiveness and explores how to incorporate the use of digital media in curriculum development. It also enables students to develop an electronic teaching portfolio to prepare students for job interviews and to showcase both personal and student artwork. Reading assignments, research, hands-on experiences, and in-class discussion provide students with an understanding of technology and its application to an art education classroom. Students will gain a working knowledge of current best practice digital technology, including the internet and video software. Prerequisite: None; however students are highly encouraged to take Art 3323 before, or concurrent with, this course.

College of Education and Health Professions Courses:
• EDML 4300 - Human Growth and Development
• EDUC 4352 - Teaching Diverse Populations
• LIST 4343 - Reading
• EDUC 4647 - Residency