2017-2018 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jun 03, 2023  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art Education, BFA

Student Learning Outcomes

1.Acquire knowledge of each student, and demonstrate knowledge of student development and learning to promote achievement for all students.
2.Know the content they are responsible for teaching, and plan instruction that ensures growth and creative achievement for all students.
3.Implement instruction that engages and challenges all students to meet or exceed the learning standards.
4.Work with all students to create a dynamic learning environment that supports creative achievement and growth.
5.Use multiple measures to assess and document student growth, evaluate instructional effectiveness, and modify instruction.
6.Demonstrate professional responsibility and engage relevant stakeholders to maximize student growth, development, and learning
7.Set informed goals and strive for continuous professional and creative growth

Art Education Program Information


For Intra-University Transfers:

School of Education:

Office of Academic and Student Services, 111 Waverly, Suite 230, 315-443-9319, soeadvising@syr.edu

College of Visual & Performing Arts:

200 Crouse College, 315-443-2517


James Rolling Jr, Program Coordinator, Department of Art, ComArt Building, 315-443-3700, jrolling@syr.edu

Faculty: Shariff Bey, James Rolling Jr

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 multi-literacies, 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 130 credits.

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 them for student teaching in local schools in their 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 pre-service art teachers 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 going through the application process and passing the requisite New York State exams (or state-specific certification exam requirements and other 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.

Art History Requirements: 6 credits

Academic Electives (Liberal Arts & Sciences): 15 credits

Mathematics (3 credits)

Natural Science (3 credits)

Humanities (3 credits)

Social Sciences (3 credits)

Foreign Language (3 credits)


Studio Electives: 36 credits

18 credits must be in a focus area in the studio arts (depth).

Studio electives are courses usually offered in VPA through art, design, or transmedia.  The content of the courses directly relates to the preparation of students for professional careers in art, design, and transmedia. The course content includes, but is not limited to, conceptualization, process, product, and critique of creative work in studio practice. These courses meet for a much longer time, for a minimum of four hours per week for the duration of the semester. Usual meeting patterns are: the class meets once per week for four+ hours, or the class meets twice per week, usually for two or more hours each. You can find a comprehensive list of courses that count as studio electives here.


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

Safe and Healthy Learning Environments requirement: In addition, the Safe and Healthy Learning Environments requirement must be completed prior to the student teaching semester. This is accomplished by successful completion of EDU 366 (1 credit) covering the following topics: - Identifying/reporting child abuse- Violence prevention- Child abduction prevention- Highway/general safety- Alcohol/drug/tobacco prevention- Fire and arson prevention- Training related to the Dignity for all Students Act.


Total Credits Required: 130