B.F.A. in Art Education

Admission Requirements

Students apply to the art education program through the Department of Art, while enrolled in or after completing Art Education 303: Introduction to Art Education. The Department of Art forwards recommendations to the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development (FSEHD). Applicants are then formally accepted into both the art department and to the teacher preparation program in art education.

For acceptance into the teacher preparation program in art education, students must fulfill the following requirements by the end of the semester in which they apply for admission:

1. All FSEHD admission requirements. Please refer to the FSEHD section of this catalog or go to www.ric.edu/feinsteinSchoolEducationHumanDevelopment/undergrad_requirements.php.

2. Art education program-specific admission requirements, as follows:

a. Completion of a plan of study approved by assigned advisor.

b. Completion of a Declaration of Major Form.

c. Completion of all studio foundations courses, with a minimum grade of B- in each course. (Studio foundations courses and other course requirements may be met by a positive portfolio review).

d. Completion of the Studio I course in the concentration, with a minimum grade of B.

e. Completion of Art Education 303: Introduction to Art Education, with a minimum grade of B-.

f. Three letters of recommendation from art faculty: one from the student’s 2-D or 3-D synthesis instructor, one from the student’s Art Education 303 instructor, and one from another art studio or art history faculty member.

g. Submission of a B.F.A. application.

h. A positive portfolio review. The portfolio must include work from studio foundations courses and the introductory studio art course in the concentration. Portfolios are reviewed once per semester. Review dates are posted in the Art Center.

Note: For information on transferring credit for courses taken at another institution or credit for advanced placement courses, see Transfer Portfolio Guidelines at www.ric.edu/art/transfer.php or obtain guidelines in the main office of the Art Center.

Retention Requirements

1. A minimum grade of B in all studio concentration courses, and a minimum grade of B- in all other studio and art history courses.

2. A minimum grade point average of 2.67 both overall and in the art education major.

3. Completion of Art Education 404 and 405, with a minimum grade of B in each course.

4. In order to student teach, students must successfully complete the FSEHD and art education program requirements for a Preparing to Teach Portfolio.

The Art Education Advisory Committee will review records of students who do not maintain these criteria. Such students may be dismissed from the program.

Course No. Course Title Credits

Studio Foundations

ART 101Drawing I: General Drawing4
ART 104Design I4
ART 105Drawing II3
ART 114Design II: Three-Dimensional Design3
ART 204Synthesis/Three-Dimensional Emphasis3
ART 205Synthesis/Two-Dimensional Emphasis3

Art History

ART 231Prehistoric to Renaissance Art4
ART 232Renaissance to Modern Art4
ART 337Twentieth-Century Art3
One course from
ART 331Greek and Roman Art3
ART 332Renaissance Art3
ART 333Baroque Art3
ART 334American Art and Architecture3
ART 336Nineteenth-Century European Art3
ART 338History of Photography3

Courses in Concentration

(Students may choose to concentrate in ceramics, digital media design, graphic design, metalsmithing and jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture)
Studio I (one 200-level course)3
Studio II (one 200- or 300-level course)3
ART 400Issues for the Studio Artist4
ART 491Studio III: Topic1-6
ART 492Studio IV: Topic1-6
ART 497Senior Studio1-6

Additional Studio Courses

ART 202Painting I3
ART 206Ceramics I3
One course from
ART 208Printmaking: Intaglio and Monotype3
ART 217Introduction to Photography3
ART 218Printmaking: Lithography and Relief3
One course from
ART 221Metalsmithing and Jewelry: Basic Fabrication/Forming3
ART 223Metalsmithing and Jewelry: Casting/Duplication Processes3
ART 234Sculpture: Wood and Alternate Materials3
ART 235Sculpture: Metal Casting and Fabrication3
One course from
ART 226Pixel-Based Digital Design3
ART 227Vector-Based Digital Design3


One additional studio course at the 200- or 300-level3

Professional Courses

ARTE 303Introduction to Art Education3
ARTE 404Secondary Practicum in Art Education3
ARTE 405Elementary Practicum in Art Education3
ARTE 426Student Teaching in Art Education10
ARTE 464Student Teaching Seminar in Art Education2
CEP 315Educational Psychology3
FNED 346Schooling in a Democratic Society4
SPED 433Adaptation of Instruction for Inclusive Education3

Total Credit Hours


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