Feb 26, 2024  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Art Education (B.A.)

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Program: B.A. Art Education (All-Grade Education Program)
Department of Fine Arts
College of Visual and Performing Arts

Visual Arts Building 117 ~ 260-481-6705 ~ ipfw.edu/cvpa

The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows: 

  • The Bachelor of Art in Art Education degree prepares the student to teach preschool, elementary, middle school, and junior high/senior high art.
  • The Bachelor of Arts in Art Education program at IPFW promotes and cultivates the role of artist/teacher as the ideal educator of the arts in schools today. With a solid background in studio arts, student teachers use their experience as artists to develop a philosophy that aims to create authentic art making conditions in their future positions as art educators. Art educators learn to advocate for the arts and are given learning opportunities both in school and museum contexts as they grow to share learning and understanding of visual arts education.

The Bachelor of Art in Art Education degree is divided into three parts; 33 credit hours of General Education, 63 credit hours of Content Field (12 credits of art history, 45 credits of art studio courses, and 6 credits of art education methods courses), and 24 credit hours of Professional Education classes.  A 3.00 GPA in the Content Field and a 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for this license.   A total of 120 credits is required for graduation. 

Components:   Credits
I. General Education   33
II. Content Field   63
III. Professional Education   24
  Total 120


Recommendations, Requirements, Transfers, and Policies


Students should schedule classes within the B.A. program under the guidance of the official departmental advisor.

Residence Requirements  

For a bachelor’s degree, registration in and completion of at least 33 credits of resident course credit at the 200 level or above, including at least 15 credits at the 300 level or above, in courses applicable to the major.

Transfer and Returning Student Credit 

All studio and art history courses transferred from another institution or former IPFW art programs must be evaluated by appropriate faculty in the Department of Fine Arts program before they may be applied to a major in Fine Arts. See Transfer and Returning Student Credit Review.

Transfer and Returning Student Credit Review

Courses in studio art that have been transferred to IPFW from another institution or former IPFW art programs are not counted as part of the Fine Arts major unless they have been reviewed by the Fine Arts faculty. For a review of transferred studio credit, the student should provide the viewer with a portfolio consisting of representative work in each area (e.g. painting, sculpture, etc.) for which the transfer credit is desired. The portfolio should include both studies and finished work and be as encompassing as possible.       

Academic Probation/Dismissal Policies

If a student does not meet the university’s GPA standard, they will be notified that they have been placed on academic probation and will be asked to make progress towards meeting campus standards. Department of Fine Arts programs have their own academic standards as stated above. If a student is not meeting these standards, they will be notified and placed on departmental academic probation. If a student does not make positive progress towards meeting the academic standards of the department within twelve (12) credit hours of study, they will be subject to dismissal from the Department of Fine Arts program.

IPFW General Education Requirements Credits: 33

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses  

A grade of C- or better is required in each course used to satisfy the IPFW general education requirements.

Art History/ Studio Requirements Credits: 66

  •  Two additional 300-400 level classes required

II. Content Area Credits: 63

Art History Requirements Credits: 12

FINA H111 and H112 should be taken just prior to the Pearson Content Exam (see Professional Teaching Requirements).

100 Level Foundations Requirements Credits: 12

100 Level Foundation Portfolio Review Checkpoint

Students in all of the Department of Fine Arts programs will submit a portfolio of 100 level Foundation studio work to be reviewed by Department of Fine Arts faculty. The review is a checkpoint to assure that students have met adequate quality standards in the Foundation program. The portfolio will consist of 12-15 works, with at least two works from each 100 level Foundation course.  Upon a satisfactory portfolio review, students will continue in 200 level Fundamentals studio classes.

B.A. in Art Education Portfolio Review

Each student must submit a portfolio of 200 level work to attain formal acceptance into the B.A. in Art Education program.  Students presenting a portfolio for acceptance into the B.A. in Art Education program can declare an area of studio concentration, i.e. painting, sculpture, or can decide to take a variety of advanced studio classes. The portfolio should consist of 15-20 works, with at least two works from each 200 level Fundamentals course. It is highly recommended that students seek faculty advice on which works to submit for review. Faculty evaluations will be based on a student’s strong knowledge and skills in:

  • showing competence in representational drawing of volume, pictorial space, and the depiction of the human figure. An understanding of linear perspective should be evident.
  • the ability to compose aesthetic element of line, tone/value, shape, texture, color, and 3D form in space.
  • demonstrating technical and aesthetic excellence (for the 60 credit level) in your chosen major; i.e. drawing, ceramics, metalsmithing, painting, printmaking, or sculpture.

  • (for 2D majors) drawing, painting, printmaking as well as the demonstration of competence  and serious investigation in 3D media.

  • (for 3D majors) ceramics, metalsmithing, and sculpture with competence and serious investigation in 2D media.

  •  Interview with faculty required.      

B.A. in Art Education Portfolio Review Outcome

A student applying for acceptance into the B.A. in Art Education program may be accepted, deferred, or denied. A student’s acceptance into the B.A. in Art Education will allow them to advance into 300 level studio classes as a B.A in Art Education major. A deferred student will be asked to re-submit their portfolio for consideration. A student denied entry into the B.A. in Art Education program may wish to consider the B.A. program or apply once again for entry into the B.A. in Art Education program with permission from the department.  

Advanced Studio Requirements Credits: 12

300/400 Studio

  • Four (4) advanced 300/400 studio courses need to be fulfilled in this area.
  • 300 level classes must be taken prior to 400 level classes
  • Two (2) Department of Visual Communications and Design (VCD) courses can be taken in this area.

Content Field Methods Credits: 6

Professional Education Requirements Credits: 24

Preprofessional Education Requirement

Should be completed within the sophomore year.

Pearson Basic Skills Testing

Pearson Basic Skills Testing or alternative measure (see your advisor for a list of approved alternatives)                                                                                                      

Test results must be turned into Department of Fine Arts secretary prior to registering for Block 1. All areas of the Pearson Basic Skills test must be completed, passed, and recorded prior to registration into Block 1.   The Department of Fine Arts 200 Level Portfolio Review must also be passed before entering Block 1.  The IPFW College of Education and Public Policy has information about study guides and testing schedules.

Block 1: Professional Education Requirements Credits: 9

Block 1 must be completed before entering Block 2.
EDUC M330 is normally taken with Block 1.

Block 2: Professional Education Credits: 3

Block 2 must be completed before student teaching.
EDUC M430 is normally taken with Block 2.

Pearson Content Area Exam (Art Education Exam)

The Pearson Content Area exam must be passed and recorded prior to student teaching.   Art History H111 and H112 (see above) should be taken just prior to this test.

Student Teaching Credits: 12

  • Student must complete an application for student teaching one year before intended student teaching semester.
  • Pass the Pearson Content Area exam Prior to student teaching.
  • Student teaching consists of a 10 week placement in one school setting plus a 6 week placement in another school setting.

Total Credits: 120

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