2014-2015 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
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2014-2015 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art Education, BFA

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Art Education


Dr. James H. Rolling Jr, Department of Art, Comstock Art Facility Rm 043, 315-443-2355 or jrolling@syr.edu

School of Education contacts:

Carol Radin or Pam Hachey, Academic Advisors, 111 Waverly Avenue, Suite 230. 315-443-9319.

College of Visual & Performing Arts contact:

Michele Buza, Academic Advisor, 204 Crouse College, 315-443-2517.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree program in art education emphasizes the studio arts as an exploration of the ideas, materials, and aesthetics through which we shape meanings, negotiate identity and organize society. Students will obtain an expertise in the development of arts-based and design-oriented curricula linked to national and New York State learning standards for the visual arts and promoting multiliteracies, inclusivity, critical inquiry and social responsibility.

In this program, students dually enroll in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Education. Studio arts courses and interdisciplinary electives are encouraged in combination with educational theory and cultural foundations as students prepare to be professional teachers of art. At a minimum, the B.F.A. degree in art education can be earned with the satisfactory completion of 127 credits (129 for anyone who enters the program fall 2011 or later).

In the junior year of the program, students have the opportunity to teach art lessons to children ages 5 to 15 in weekly workshops that prepare you for student teaching in local schools in your senior year. The Syracuse University Student Art Education Association, a chapter of the National Art Education Association, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in art education. This organization is dedicated to offering preservice art teachers, as well as any interested art and preservice education students, opportunities to enrich their pedagogical practice by facilitating social and networking opportunities for professional development, hosting guest speakers, and promoting and practicing outreach and community service through the arts.

After passing the requisite New York State exams (or state-specific certification exam requirements if you plan to teach in another state), you will be eligible for initial certification as an art teacher in all grades. Career services are available through the School of Education.

Program Requirements

Foundation 30 credits

Professional education 36 credits

Studio concentration 21 credits

Art history 6 credits

Academic electives 16 credits

(15 credits for anyone entering the program fall 2011 or later)

Studio electives 15 credits

Total credits 127

(129 for anyone entering the program fall 2011 or later)

First Year, Fall Semester

Total credits 15-18

First Year, Spring Semester

Total credits 15-18

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester

  • AED 215 - Foundations of Art Education
  • Studio breadth (3 credits)
  • Studio depth (3 credits)
  • Art history (3 credits)
  • Academic electives (6 credits)

Total credits 15

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester

Total credits 16

Junior Year, Fall Semester

Total credits 16

Junior Year, Spring Semester

Total credits 16

Senior Year, Fall Semester

  • Academic elective (3 credits)
  • Studio breadth (3 credits)
  • Studio depth (6 credits)
  • Art history (3 credits)

Total credits 15

Senior Year, Spring Semester

Total credits 15

(18-for anyone entering the program fall 2011 or later)

One Academic Elective Course

One academic elective course must be taken in each of the following areas:


(Other than arts related) (3 credits)

Social Science:

(Other than history or psychology) (3 credits)

Foreign Language:

One course (minimum 3 credits) in a language other than English (including American Sign Language), or equivalent competency established by examination or level three of high school study. If requirement has already been met, one 3-credit liberal arts elective must be taken in its place.

Required Child Health and Life Safety Seminar

Covering the Following Topics:

Identifying/reporting child abuse
Violence prevention
Child abduction prevention
Highway/general safety
Alcohol/drug/tobacco prevention
Fire and arson prevention

Additional Information

Consult with the School of Education, 111 Waverly Avenue, suite 230, regarding other New York State requirements for graduation and certification.

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