The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree program in Art Education emphasizes the studio arts and design practices in an lifelong exploration of the ideas, materials, and aesthetics through which we shape meanings, negotiate identity and organize society. This program is designed to meet the needs of students seeking initial certification as an art teacher in grades K-12. You will obtain an expertise in developing curricula for professional practice in multiple learning contexts that promotes literacy, inclusivity, collaborative problem solving, and social responsibility, and is also linked to current national and New York State visual arts learning standards.
In this program, which leads to a bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree, you dually enroll in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and Syracuse University’s School of Education. Studio arts courses and interdisciplinary electives are encouraged in combination with educational theory and cultural foundations as students prepare to be professional teachers of art.
In your junior year, you have the opportunity to teach art lessons to children ages 5 to 15 in weekly workshops that prepare you for student teaching in local schools in your senior year. The SU Student Art Education Association, a chapter of the National Art Education Association, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in art education. This organization is dedicated to offering pre-service art teachers, as well as any interested art and pre-service education students, opportunities to enrich their pedagogical practice by facilitating social and networking opportunities for professional development, hosting guest speakers, and promoting and practicing outreach and community service through the arts.