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Bachelor of Fine Art in Art Education Program

B.F.A. in Art Education (129 credit hours)

Students should complete the following:

  1. “Undergraduate Core Curriculum,” (specific recommendations listed below in areas A, B, C, D and E);
  2. “Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major,”
  3. “Area G: Major Courses,” listed below; and
  4. “Minor and/or Additional Courses,” listed below, if needed.

College Core Curriculum (60 credit hours)

Area A: Essential Skills (9), English and Mathematics
Area B: Institutional Options (4)
Philosophy , Speech and Perspectives
Cross-cultural art history courses may be offered in this area as options of Pers 2001 (Perspectives in Comparative Culture). (2)
Area C: Humanities and Fine Arts (6)
Students may select one art history survey in Area C.
Area D: Science, Mathematics and Technology (11)
Area E: Social Science (12)
Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major Field (18)
1. Studio Requirements (12)
  • ART 1010. Drawing I (3)
  • ART 1020. Two Dimensional Design (3)
  • ART 1030. Three Dimensional Design (3)
  • Art 1050 Introductory Studio (3)


  • Art History Requirement (Select one course in addition to any taken in Area C.) (3)
  • AH 1700 Survey of Art I. History of Western Art I: Prehistoric through Medieval Art (3)
  • AH 1750 Survey of Art II. History of Western Art II: The Renaissance through Contemporary Art (3)
  • AH 1850 Survey of Art III. Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (3)
  • Art History Requirement (3)
    AH 2000 Survey of Art Since 1900 (3)

Application to the Art Education program should occur upon completion of the 6 courses listed above and near the middle of the semester in which the student has taken the introductory art education course (AE 4200/6200). Application to the Art Education program must occur prior to completing 33 credit hours in art. Students should contact an art education faculty member for information about criteria and application procedures.

Area G: Major Courses (67-69)

An minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all art related courses is required for admission into the art education program. Students must earn a “B” or better in all art education methods courses.

1. Required Courses (36)

Education Courses: (9)

EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education

EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts

EDUC 2130 Exploring Learning and Teaching

EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities


Art Courses: (32-34)

AH 1000 survey level course not taken in area C or F or AH 4000 level (3)

AH 4000 level (should be different topic from any other AH 4000 level courses taken) (3)

3DS 3050 Hand Building I (3)

DPP 3000 Life Drawing (3)

DPP 3200 Painting with Water-Based Media (3) or

DPP 3300 Painting with Oil-Based Media (3)

Phot 3000 Photography I (3)

DPP 3050 Introduction to Printmaking (3)

3DS 3000 Sculpture I (3)

2.Studio courses - Select two other studio courses in one area to satisfy requirement of 26 hours in studio. (6-8)


3. Art Education (13)

AE 4200/6200Art for Preschool through Fifth Grade (3) (serves as one of the two courses needed to fulfill CTW requirement)

AE 4300/6300Art for Middle and Secondary Schools (3)

AE 4400/6400Media, Technology, and Visual Presentation (4)

AE 4900/6900Art Theory and Criticism in Art Education (3) (serves as one of the two courses needed to fulfill CTW requirement)

4. Student Teaching (12)

AE 4750/6750, AE 4760/6760, AE 4770/6770, and AE 4780/6780 (Student Teaching) (12)


5. Select additional courses to complete a minimum of 129 hours (See “Area H” following the degree requirement listings in this section.) Art 4980, Special Problems (1-6), may be used in order to meet the specified requirements. Consent of departmental advisor and instructor required.

Note: Only graduate or post bac students will be allowed to register in 6000 level courses, AE 6200, 6300, 6400, and 6900. These courses count only toward certification not as hours in the MAEd.

Minor and/or Additional Courses
Students completing a B.F.A. in Art Education in the School of Art and Design must take additional courses as electives to complete a minimum of 129 hours, exclusive of 1000/2000 physical education or military science courses.  

Reviews for Art Education Students at Georgia State

The review process at Georgia State for art education students involves three steps: 1) entry into the major, 2) application to student teach, 3) post-student teaching review. 

The reviews are an important step in the progress of students becoming teachers because reviews provide an opportunity for reflection and feed-back from the entire art education faculty. Reviews are also important to ensure that the program offers the highest quality pre-service teacher preparation. The program is limited to the number of students that can effectively be taught by available faculty and to students who show evidence that they can be successful in the art education program. As a result of the review, students may be asked to take additional courses and go through an additional review. Students may go through the application process twice. Students who are unsuccessful may find that the B.A. degree in studio may be a more realistic goal.

Art education students at Georgia State are expected to show:

  • a broad range of studio skills, art critical skills, and art historical knowledge, 
  • focused skills and art making experience in one medium,
  • the beginning of a personal artistic style and voice, 
  • good organizational skills,
  • the ability to think about instruction logically and sequentially,
  • the ability to relate well to students 
  • the ability to act on constructive criticism
  • the willingness to learn and grow as a teacher.

For more detailed information about the program please see the Georgia State University General Catalogues