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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education with Teaching Licensure

This degree program prepares students to teach art education for preschool through high school. In this program, you'll take both art and education courses, as well as student teach. 

In the art program, you'll learn about art history and theory and take courses in drawing, photography, design, ceramics, and painting. You'll also take art education courses to learn to teach art at various levels. 

In addition to courses in the art program, you'll take courses in Washburn's education program and student teach. You'll graduate the program ready to take the Kansas teachers' licensure test.

Art Foundation Requirements - 21 hrs

(all courses are 3 hrs, except as noted)

  • AR 101 Survey of Art History I
  • AR 102 Survey of Art History II
  • AR 120 Design I 2-D
  • AR 121 Design II 3-D
  • AR 131 Basic Photo Imaging
  • AR 140 Drawing I
  • AR 141 Drawing II

General Studio/Intermediate Courses 15 hrs

  • AR 219 Intro to Printmaking
  • AR 220 Darkroom Photography I OR AR 231 Basic Multimedia
  • AR 223 Graphic Design I
  • AR 240 Painting I
  • AR 260 Ceramics I

Required Upper Level Art Courses 12 hrs

  •  AR 3XX Art History Elective
  •  AR 300 Art Theory Past and Present OR AR 307 20th Century Art OR AR 407 21st Century Art Practices
  •  AR 400 Senior Exhibition – 1 hr
  •  AR 404 BFA Professional Practice – 2 hrs
  •  AR 403 Workshop in Art Media

Open Art Electives: Upper level - 9 hrs

  • Any studio courses or special topics courses.  May include 3 hrs travel/study and/or 3 hrs Art History courses.

Required Art Education Courses - 9 hrs

  •  AR 380 Elementary Art Education
  •  AR 381 Craft Techniques
  •  AR 382 Methods and Philosophy of Art Education

Required Professional Education Courses - 21 hrs

  •  ED 150 EPIC Experience – 1 hr
  •  ED 200 Education Psychology
  •  ED 225 Becoming an Education Professional
  •  ED 300 Integrating Technology in the Curriculum
  •  ED 302 Exceptional Learners
  •  ED 385 Foundations of Education
  •  ED 402 Teaching Struggling Learners – 2 hr
  •  ED 484 Teaching Reading in the Content Area
  •  ED 400 – 2 hrs
  •  ED 405 Classroom Management – 1 hr
  •  ED 440 Student Teaching K-12 – 12 hrs

Students seeking a B.F.A. degree must apply for admission to the B.F.A. Program (sophomore level)

Total Art hours:  66

Total Gen Ed/University Core credits:  39

Total Professional Education Credits: 36

Total Credits for Degree:  141

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