2019-20 Catalogs

BFA in Art 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 a community art track with 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 92.

Art Foundation (15 credits)

  • ARH 111 Art History: Prehistoric through Medieval
  • ARH 112 Art History: Renaissance to the Present
  • ART 141 Surface, Space, Time (2D)  
  • ART 142 Surface, Space, Time (3D) 
  • ART 151 Fundamentals of Perceptual Drawing     

Upper Level Art History Requirements (9 credits)

  • Three ARH 300- or 400-level Art History Electives     

Art Studio Requirements (21 credits)

  • ART 222 Digital Art & Design
  • ART 231 Introduction to Ceramics I or ART 232 Introduction to Ceramics II 
  • 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 Sculpture: Additive and Subtractive Processes or ART 292 Sculpture: Altered and Constructed Processes

Studio Concentration Requirements (9 credits)

Choose one concentration and the associated sequence of courses:

Ceramics Concentration

  • ART 231 Introduction to Ceramics I or ART 232 Introduction to Ceramics II (both are required for concentration)
  • ART 332 Intermediate Ceramics
  • ART 431 Advanced Ceramics I    

 Photography and Digital Art & Design Concentration

  • ART 321 Exploring Time-based Art & Design
  • ART 372 Digital Photo - Color
  • ART 420 Advanced Studio in Digital Art I or ART 471 Advanced Photography I   

 Painting and Drawing Concentration

  • ART 352 Experimental Drawing
  • ART 361 Intermediate Drawing and Painting: The Figure
  • ART 451 Advanced Drawing I or 461 Advanced Painting I

 Sculpture Concentration

  • ART 291 Sculpture: Additive and Subtractive Processes or ART 292 Sculpture: Altered and Constructed Processes (both are required for concentration)
  • ART 393 Topics in Sculpture
  • ART 491 Advanced Sculpture     

 Studio Electives (9 credits)

Any three 200-, 300-, or 400-level ART classes

Completion of the senior exhibition is required for the BFA with a Concentration in Art Education.

Professional Education Requirements (29 credits excluding HRD/SBS 200)

  • EDU 310 What is the Purpose of Schooling in a Democracy?     
  • HRD/SBS 200 Multicultural Human Development*    
  • AED 221 Practicum in Art Education
  • AED 222 Art Lab
  • 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***  or AED 400 Community Art Education Internship
  • EDU 324 Student Teaching II***  or AED 400 Community Art Education Internship

*HRD/SBS 200 counts as a University Core requirement and a Professional Education requirement.

**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, SED 335, AED 421, and to graduate from the program.

**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.

The Professional 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.

For the purposes of field placements in schools during the educational cluster and internship year, students are required to complete and show documentation of the fingerprinting process outlined by the Maine Department of Education: http://www.maine.gov/doe/cert/fingerprinting/

All students must formally declare their entry into a teacher certification concentration by completing the declaration procedures found on the Office of Educator Preparation website at https://usm.maine.edu/educator-preparation. Passing Praxis I scores, subscription to Tk20, and two recommendation forms are necessary to complete the declaration process.

Tk20 Subscription:

All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an Educator Preparation program or pathway in USM summer 2013 or later are required to subscribe to the Tk20 online data management system. The subscription allows students to use the system for assessment, advisement, field-experience and career portfolio management. The subscription fee of $103 covers some of the expenses related to the administration and assessment of the program. For loan purposes, it will be eligible for consideration as part of costs. The subscription is a one-time payment and must be made by each student during the first semester of program or pathway matriculation (check with individual programs and pathways for specific subscription timelines). Subscription instructions are posted on the Office of Educator Preparation website: https://usm.maine.edu/educator-preparation

Please note Professional Education Council Policy:  In order for USM’s Education Preparation Unit program completers to be recommended by the institution to the state for certification or licensure, the candidate must provide evidence of meeting all certification requirements including proficiency on the standards relevant to his/her state approved professional program and this evidence must be compiled and assessed within the context of the Unit’s data management system (i.e., Tk20).

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