Program: B.A. Art Education (All-Grade Education Program)
Department of Art and Design
College of Visual and Performing Arts
Visual Arts Building 117 ~ 260-481-6709 ~ Art and Design
Upon completion of their degrees, all B.A in Art Education students will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:
- Utilize perceptual and conceptual skills to solve programs creatively in art/design media.
- Implement 2D and 3D design principles to create compelling and effective works of art and design in a variety of traditional and digital media.
- Demonstrate an understanding and competency of technical skills in traditional and digital art/design media to effectively communicate and express ideas.
- Effectively analyze and critique works of art/design in verbal and written forms, using visual vocabulary and familiarity with the works and intentions of major artists/designers and movements of the past and present.
- Demonstrate effective visual, verbal, and written communication skills and an aptitude to apply those skills.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of art education in the classroom and the community, as well as the history of education in the United States.
- Apply functional knowledge of basic art and design practical experiences and opportunities, as well as professional ethics.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the language of art, how it relates to the social and cultural experiences of P-12 students, and how it is best taught in schools.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of state and national standards and how they are connected to learning experiences in the art curriculum.
- Demonstrate knowledge of teaching methods, learning strategies, art processes and materials for teaching art in the classroom, elementary through secondary.
- Demonstrate an understanding of a theme-based, interdisciplinary approach to art education through written curriculum materials.
- Demonstrate an understanding of child development, special needs, and how these topics relate to approaches to teaching art in the inclusive classroom.
- Demonstrate knowledge about art and its significance in a variety of cultures and how a multicultural approach operates in the art curriculum.
- Exhibit artistic ability in portfolio review submissions and senior gallery exhibitions.
- Demonstrate proficiency in teaching through observations and the capstone student teaching semester.
You can become an art educator in four years by following the curriculum listed in the catalog. Students will take a substantial number of visual arts courses in a variety of media in order to be licensed to teach grades PreK-12 in Indiana and across the nation in reciprocal states. The curriculum plan allows for immediate access to art courses taught by nationally respected professors as well as courses in current educational theories and practices in both the Department of Art and Design and the School of Education.
Exciting general education offerings round out the educational experience at Purdue University Fort Wayne. You will make friends and follow each other through the required courses, reaching the student teaching semester in the final and fourth year of school. Most importantly, you will graduate with a teaching license that will help you gain the career you’ve always wanted, that of teaching young children through young adults to share your love of the visual arts.
The Art Education content exam must be taken the semester before student teaching. Students may retake the content exam until successfully passed. Students must also take and pass the pedagogy test. To receive a license for teaching K-12 art/design students must pass the area content exam and pedagogy test.
The Bachelor of Arts in Art Education cannot be earned without successfully completing student teaching. Student teaching in the Bachelor of Arts in Art Education is assessed with an evaluation form based on the NAEA (National Art Education Association) and State of Indiana Visual Arts Standards.
- Purdue University Fort Wayne is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
- Department of Art and Design courses are offered on campus, with some distance and hybrid course offerings.
Declaring this major:
Each student enters the program as a Pre-Art Education student. Students wishing to pursue the B.A. in Art Education degree must submit a portfolio of their work to attain formal acceptance into the program. Each petitioning student must apply to present their work through the Department of Art & Design in the semester in which they complete all first-year classes. The portfolio should consist of eighteen works, with at least three pieces of work from each of the first-year foundation studio courses. It is mandatory that students seek faculty advice on which works to submit for review, especially from faculty who specialize in media the student is strongest in.
Second and third year reviews are also required as a checkpoint to evaluate that a student is continuing to produce high quality artwork as they progress in their degree program. Student’s whose work does not continue to meet the standards of the Department of Art and Design may be moved back to the Art and Design B.A. degree program.
B.A. in Art Education Portfolio Review Outcome:
A student applying for acceptance into the B.A. in Art Education program from the B.A. program may be accepted, deferred or denied. A student’s acceptance into the B.A. in Art Education program will allow them to advance into advanced studio classes as a declared Art Education major. A deferred student will be asked to re-submit their portfolio for B.A. in Art Education consideration after re-taking requested classes. A student denied entry into the B.A. in Art Education will continue in the B.A. program. Denied students can apply one additional time for review into the B.A. in Art Education program with permission from the department chair.
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.
|I. General Education
|II. Content Field
|III. Professional Education
A student may elect the Pass/Not-Pass grading option for non-degree elective courses only. The Pass/Not-Pass grading option is not available for General Education or any electives required for the minor.
Art Education 4-Year Plan
General Education Requirements Credits: 33
General Education Requirements
- A grade of C- or better is required in each course used to satisfy the Purdue University Fort Wayne general education requirements.
- Includes AD 11100 & AD 11201 & EDU 34001; these courses double-count in both Art History/Professional Education and General Education requirements.
- Remedial courses that do not count towards a degree are not allowed to fulfill any General Education requirements.
- Art Education majors may not take Art and Design non-majors courses for general education credits; includes AD 10101, AD 10801, AD 13300, AD 16500, AD 19600, AD 23900, and AD 25501.
Category A1 Written Communication: Credits 6
Category A2 Speaking and Listening: Credits 3
Category A3 Quantitative Reasoning
STAT 12500 is the recommended course.
Category B5 Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing
EDU 34001 Education and American Culture
Category B6 Humanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing
AD 11100 History of Art I: Prehist Medieval and AD 11201 History of Art II: Renaissance Contemporary fulfill general education B6 area requirements.
Art History Requirements Credits: 12
AD 11100 - History of Art I: Prehistoric to Medieval and AD 11201 - History of Art II: Renaissance to Contemporary both count twice; once for Art History requirements, and again as General Education requirements.
AD 11100 and AD 11201 are both pre-requisites for Advanced Art History courses.
First Year Foundation Studio Requirements Credits: 18
First Year Foundation Portfolio Review - Entrance Into the Art Education Program
Once a student is enrolled in or has completed their first-year foundations courses, usually in the spring semester, they are required to submit a portfolio of first-year level foundations studio work to be reviewed by Department of Art and Design faculty. Work from outside of Art and Design foundation classes will not be accepted for consideration; therefore, careful documentation and storage of one’s work is essential for success. The review is a checkpoint to assure that students have met the competency level in the first-year foundations program. For candidates for the B.A in Art Education, this will also be an application for formal acceptance into the program. This review is a mandatory evaluative review for all students and is meant to provide feedback to students regarding their status in meeting learning outcomes set for these foundational courses. Upon a satisfactory portfolio review, students will continue in the second-year foundation courses. The Department of Art and Design will send out detailed information regarding the portfolio review process.
B.A. in Art Education Portfolio Review Outcome
A student applying for acceptance into the B.A. in Art Education program from the Pre-Art Education program may be accepted, deferred or denied. A student’s acceptance into the B.A. in Art Education program will allow them to advance into the second year foundation studio classes as a declared Art Education major after successful completion of the first year review. A deferred student will be asked to re-submit their portfolio for B.A. in Art Education consideration after re-taking requested classes. A student denied entry into the B.A. in Art Education will continue in the B.A. program. Denied students can apply one additional time for review into the B.A. in Art Education program with permission from the department chair.
Students accepted into the B.A. Art Education program must maintain a 2.7 GPA.
Second and Third Year Portfolio Review Checkpoints - for continuation in the B.A. Art Education program
Students at the end of their sophomore and junior years, or upon completion of the requisite studio courses, will submit portfolios for review. The portfolios must show work representing the best and fullest range of work completed in required Art and Design courses. The Department will send out detailed information regarding these reviews to students in each fall and spring semester. Successful students will be allowed to enroll in their remaining coursework in both advanced studio and professional education requirements.
Second and Third Year Portfolio Review Outcomes
Students whose work does not meet the standards of the Department of Art and Design faculty may have their degree changed back to the Art and Design B.A. instead of the B.A. Art Education at either the second or third year portfolio checkpoints. Contact the Department of Art and Design for more information.
Second Year Foundation Studio Requirements: Credits 21
AD 3-D Studio Requirements 9 Cr.
Required AD 3-D studio courses cannot be repeated for credit towards the Art Education B.A. degree.
Advanced Studio Requirements Credits: 15
Advanced Art and Design Studio Electives:
- Five (5) advanced studio courses are required in this area.
- Advanced Studio courses have pre-requisites; students should work with their advisors to determine course progression.
Content Field Methods Credits: 6
Criminal History Background reports must be ordered by the students each year they are taking EDU courses that require field placements in school settings.
Professional Education Requirements Credits: 21
Criminal History Background reports must be ordered by the students each year they are taking EDU courses that require field placements in school settings.
Licensure Content Area Exam (Art Education Exam)
The Licensure Content Area exam must be taken and recorded prior to student teaching.
Student Teaching Credits: 12
- Student must complete an application for student teaching one year before intended student teaching semester.
- The licensure content area exam must be taken and recorded 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.
- Students must have a 3.0 GPA in order to student teach.
- Pedagogy test to be taken during student teaching semester.
Art Education BA Exhibition Requirement
Art Education Bachelor of Art (B.A.) students must submit work during their final year of course work for the Art and Design B.A./B.A. Art Education Exhibition. The exhibition is curated by the Department Chair and consists of artwork produced by B.A. students in Art and Design junior and senior year studio classes, or at the discretion of the chair of the department.
Recommendations, Requirements, Transfers, and Policies
Students should schedule classes within the B.A. program under the guidance of the official departmental advisor.
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 Purdue Fort Wayne art programs must be evaluated by appropriate faculty in the Department of Art and Design program before they may be applied to a major in Art and Design. See Transfer and Returning Student Credit Review.
Transfer and Returning Student Credit Review
Courses in studio art that have been transferred to Purdue Fort Wayne from another institution or former Purdue Fort Wayne art programs are not counted as part of the Art and Design major unless they have been reviewed by the Art and Design 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 Art and Design 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 Art and Design program.
You are responsible for ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program. Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career. If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.