USM Art Department
BFA in Studio Arts with a Concentration in Art Education
The bachelor of fine arts with a concentration in art education offers an in-depth studio experience as well as a professional course of study in art education leading to teacher certification in Maine. The program is guided by a conceptual framework that proposes that individuals need to be prepared for work in an increasingly complex and culturally diverse world, and that such work is best done through collaboration and reflective inquiry.
For those who want certification to teach art in Maine and who already have a BA, BFA, or MFA in studio art, we offer our BFA with a concentration in art education. For most people this means taking the 30-credit professional education sequence to fulfill all state requirements. This can usually be completed in two years. Field experiences and student teaching placement schools are located in southern Maine.
For those who want a BFA in art education, without a Maine k -12 state teaching license, we offer alternative student teaching experiences based within community arts, non-profit arts, and regional art organizations. Students choosing this option will complete all other coursework that is required to graduate with a BFA in art education, but will not earn a k-12 teaching license.
For more information, contact the Department.
The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) required for this degree is 90. The 90 credits include Art Electives 9 credits in art, art history, and design (recommended).
Art Foundation (18 credits)
ARH 111 Art History: Prehistoric through Medieval
ARH 112 Art History: Renaissance to the Present
ART 141 2-D Design
ART 142 3-D Design
ART 151 Drawing I
ART 152 Drawing II
Completion of the senior exhibition is required for the BFA with a concentration in art education.
Upper Level Art History Requirements (6 credits)
ARH 200 or 300-level Art History Elective
ARH 200 or 300-level Art History Elective
ARH 411 Philosophy of Art
or PHI 220
Art Studio Requirements (21 credits)
ART 221 Introduction to Digital Art
ART 231 Introduction to Ceramics
ART 251 Drawing: Media and Strategies
ART 261 Introduction to Painting
ART 271 Introduction to Photography
ART 281 Introduction to Printmaking: Intaglio and Relief or
ART 282 Introduction to Printmaking: Lithography and Screen printing
ART 291 Introduction to Sculpture: Additive and Subtractive Processes
or ART 292 Sculpture: Altered and Constructed Processes
Art Studio Concentration Requirements Art Electives (9 credits).
This may be taken in either digital art, drawing, ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture.
ART 3XX Intermediate I
ART 3XX Intermediate II
ART 4XX Advanced I
Professional Education Requirements (27 credits excluding HRD/SBS 200)
EDU 200 Education in the United States
or EDU 210 Theoretical Foundations of Learning
HRD/SBS 200 Multicultural Human Development**
AED 221 Practicum in Art Education
AED 321 Principles and Procedures in Art Education*
SED 335 Students with Exceptionalities in General Education
AED 421 Seminar in Art Education*
EDU 324 Student Teaching I*
EDU 324 Student Teaching II*
Permission of the instructor and passing scores (determined by the Maine Department of Education each year) on the PRAXIS I test are required prior to student teaching and continuation in the program. A passing score on PRAXIS II (a state requirement for teacher certification) is required before graduation and recommendation for certification. Students must maintain a 3.0 minimum grade point average (GPA) in art studio, art history, and the art education sequence courses as well as a 2.5 minimum GPA overall.
*A 3.0 minimum grade point average (GPA) in art studio, art history, and art education sequence courses must be maintained to register for AED 321, EDU 324, AED 421, EDU 335, and to graduate from the program.
**HRD/SBS 200 counts as a University Core requirement and a Professional Education requirement.
The Teacher Education Council, comprising deans, department chairs, faculty, and school representatives from all programs offering initial teacher preparation, is the governing body for program review and evaluation for all initial level teacher education programs at USM.
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USM Visiting Artist: Ceramicist Shawn O'Connor
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