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BA — Art Education

About Art Education

Our program embraces the artist-teacher concept which allows students to develop a studio concentration while preparing to teach art at the K- 12 level.

The program is comprehensive, meaning students take coursework to prepare them to teach at the elementary and secondary school levels.Two degree options exist for students, a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in Art Education or a B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts) with Art Education. The B.F.A. degree provides you with a stronger studio background and is chosen by many students. It generally requires one additional semester of study. The Art Education program enjoys good working relationships with school districts in the state of Colorado. Students integrate studio, art history, criticism, and aesthetics as they observe and teach--through a variety of experiences--in the public schools. Art Education students are required to meet specific standards when officially applying to the program. This is usually done during the second semester of your sophomore year. The requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program can be obtained from the Art Department.

Information about the Department of Art Education and Educator Licensing

If you have any questions about our program, please feel free to contact Natalie Barnes. You can also write to her at the Department of Art, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523-1770

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Art Education Classes

  • ART325 Concepts in Art Education
    The intent of this course is to introduce students to concepts on how artistic leaming occurs in children, adolescents, and adults, including special populations. Additionally, students will investigate how these concepts shaped art education practice in the past and how it continues to influence current pedagogical practice. This class is meant to provide a foundation for later course work in art education and K-12 art teaching. (Concepts in Art Education includes a practicum experience.)
  • ART326 Art Education Studio
    This class is intended to give art education students the opportunity to explore materials, techniques, and equipment for instruction in the K-12 school art curricula. Students are involved with planning, and teaching art experiences, as well as creating art work. As a result of these teaching and studio experiences, students will better understand how art lessons are developed for the public school art classroom; begin to develop a collection of reference materials; learn about additional studio techniques and equipment; and become more aware of pedagogical issues involved in the teaching and production of art, its materials, forms, and concepts.
  • EDUC466: Methods and Assessment in K-12 Art Education
    Art introduces students to the basic components of curriculum design and lesson planning: selecting and classifying appropriate concepts, subjects, themes, and other related sources for programmatic content; incorporating suitable instructional technologies that allow the body of knowledge to be effectively and efficiently transmitted to students who may possess a variety of leaming styles and special needs; accounting for diversity in cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds and for gender differences; devising valid and appropriate ways to assess the outcomes of the educational process. (Methods in Elementary and Secondary School Art includes a practicum experience.)
  • ART492b Art Education Seminar (Elective)
    Current issues in Art Education are addressed in this class. Topics change based on student interest and demand. Past classes have included: Art Education and the Museum, Art Education and Diversity, and Art and the Young Child.