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Art & Visual Culture Education: Teaching Emphasis

Bachelor of Fine Arts

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This major is designed for artists who plan to teach. In addition to studio art courses, majors study methods and concepts of teaching art. Incoming students apply directly to the BFA in Art and Visual Culture Education. Students must provide a 500 word essay answering a specific question as part of the application process. Students must also be admitted to the College of Education for upper-division course work. Graduates qualify for the K-12 art specialist endorsement on an Arizona secondary teaching certificate.

Major Details

College: College of Fine Arts
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Website: http://art.arizona.edu/students/programs-of-study/art-visual-culture-education/undergraduate-studies
Math Required:

General

    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
General
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ART 100A, 100B, or 100E 2
ART 100C, 100D, 100F, 100G, or 100J 2
ART 119 Contemporary Art & Theory 3
ARH 201 Survey of Western Art I 3
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ART 100A, 100B, or 100E 2
ART 100A, 100B, or 100E 2
ART 100C, 100D, 100F, 100G, or 100J 2
ART 100C, 100D, 100F, 100G, or 100J 2
ARH 202 Survey of Western Art II 3
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
Math 3
3rd Semester
200-level 2-D Studio Art 3
200-level 3-D Studio Art 3
ARE 230 Foundations of Art and Visual Culture 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
First Semester Second Language 4
4th Semester
200-level 2-D Studio Art 3
200-level 3-D Studio Art 3
ARE 431 or 460 Pedagogical Practices in Art 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
5th Semester
Studio Art Option - Upper Division 3
400-level ARE Course 3
400-level ARE Course 3
Tier II General Education 3
TTE 300 Classroom Practices & Instruction 4
POL 210 U.S. & Arizona Constitution 3
6th Semester
Studio Art Option - Upper Division 3
ARH Course - Upper Division 3
ARE 438 Teaching Art & Visual Culture 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
TTE 350 Schooling in America 3
7th Semester
Studio Art Option - Upper Division 3
400-level ARH Course 3
400-level ARE Course 3
Tier II General Education 3
LCEV 408 Methods of Teaching English to English Language Learners 3
EDP 310 Learning in the Schools 3
8th Semester
TTE 493B Student Teaching 12
SERP 301B Education for Secondary Students with Diverse Abilities 2
LCEV 416 Sheltered English Instruction Method 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit aztransfer.com

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The studio art experience and teaching certification gained from a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Visual Culture Education in the Teaching concentration, combined with the knowledge gained in this major of art history, theory, and culture, provides a strong foundation for a career as an art educator. Graduates in Art and Visual Culture Education in the Teaching concentration may work in art education as teachers, administrators, program designers, or community arts promoters.

Potential Career Areas

  • Education
  • Program coordination
  • Curriculum design
  • Administration
  • Outreach
  • Creative arts production

Sample Employers

  • Kindergartens
  • Schools (Elementary, middle, and high school)
  • Colleges and universities
  • Community centers
  • Museums
  • Arts Councils
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Camps/summer programs
  • Self-employment (artist)

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Secondary School Art Teacher $35,000 - $53,000
Middle School Art Teacher $35,000 - $42,100
Elementary School Art Teacher $34,400 - $51,700
Postsecondary Art Instructor $33,200 - $62,000
Education Administrator $58,300 - $87,000
Kindergarten Teacher $31,700 - $48,800
Museum Education Director $25,000 - $65,000
Head of Public Programming, Museums $20,000 - $40,000
Camp Director $30,000 - $80,000
Museum Educator $20,000 - $40,000
Community Art Instructor $18,800 - $36,300
Program Coordinator $28,000 - $65,000