B.F.A. in Art Education

The 137-credit Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Art Education prepares you to become an accomplished studio artist and a certified art teacher in New York state public and private schools. The B.F.A. in Art Education (Birth to Grade 12) combines a knowledge base of the fine arts, art history, aesthetics, art criticism, education, philosophy, child development and art teaching methods into a comprehensive teacher preparation program. In addition to the college core requirements, all Art Education majors are required to complete a visual arts core, which includes traditional studio forms of drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking as well as digital formats for imaging, design and photography. Art history, art criticism, contemporary art and museum education are required program components.

You will have access to impressive studios, exhibition halls and labs to transform your ideas and concepts into professional works of art. Specialized facilities include a ceramics center, sculpture studio, printmaking workshop and papermill, digital art and design labs, and photography, drawing and painting studios. The Hillwood Art Museum and the Hutchins Gallery, both located on campus, feature an ongoing series of exhibitions by professional and student artists. Many students and faculty showcase their work in galleries throughout Long Island and in New York City. Exhibiting artists are frequently brought to campus to discuss their work, conduct workshops and visit classes.

Art education majors complete a practicum (internship) at the Hillwood Art Museum and have the opportunity to student teach in a regional public school. A senior exhibition of your work will be displayed in the Student Art Gallery in Hillwood Commons. The culmination of this B.F.A. degree is a senior thesis exhibition and a professional artist/educator portfolio.

Admission Requirements
  • Admission Requirements for incoming freshmen is solid B average (3.0 grade point average or 82 to 85) and an average SAT of 1000 (Math & Critical Reading combined) or ACT 19 or above.
  • Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college GPA of 2.0 is required for application review. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.
  • Freshman can sign up to have their work reviewed at Art Portfolio Scholarship Review Days in the fall or spring. To apply for scholarships, click on the Department of Art Scholarships on the website.
  • Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college GPA of 2.0 is required for application review. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.
  • Students wishing to transfer into a Department of Art program are required to submit a portfolio for evaluation by the director of the relevant program. More information on portfolio reviews may be found on the Art Portfolio Scholarship Review Days website at or by calling the Department of Art at 516-299-2464.

Core Requirements
In addition to all major requirements, students pursuing the B.F.A. in Art Education (Birth to Grade 12) must satisfy all core curriculum requirements as follows:
POST 101 1 credit
First-Year Composition 6 credits
Economics/Political Science 6 credits
Fine Arts 3 credits (excluding all ART courses)
History/Philosophy 6 credits (in one area)
Laboratory Science 4 credits
Language/Literature 6 credits
Mathematics 3 - 4 credits
Social Sciences 6 credits
Competencies Computer, Library, Oral
For a more detailed listing of these requirements, see the core curriculum section of this bulletin.

Major Requirements
Required Fine Art Courses
ART 2 Studio Foundation I 9.00
ART 3 Studio Foundation II 6.00
ART 20 Advanced Photography 3.00
ART 21 Printmaking 3.00
ART 31 Pottery and Ceramic Sculpture 1 3.00
ART 35 Sculpture 1 3.00
CGPH 16 Digital Imaging 3.00
DRAW 1 Drawing 1 3.00
Required Fine Art Drawing Courses
Choose from one of the following:
ART 11 Life Drawing I 3.00
ART 12 Life Drawing 2 3.00
Required Fine Art Painting Courses
Choose from one of the following:
ART 13 Painting 1 3.00
ART 43 Watercolor 3.00
Required Senior/Honors Tutorial
Choose from one of the following:
ATE 385 Honors Tutorial 3.00
ATE 386 Honors Tutorial 3.00
ATUT 1 Senior Fine Arts Tutorial 3.00
Required Senior Project/Honors Thesis
Choose from one of the following:
ATE 389 Honors Thesis 3.00
ATE 390 Honors Thesis 3.00
PROJ 3 Senior Project 3.00
Required Art Education Courses
ATE 1 Introduction to Art Education: The Artist as Educator 3.00
ATE 2 Art Education Design and Practice in the Elementary School 3.00
ATE 3 The Art Museum as Educator: Interpreting Art for Education 3.00
Required Education Courses
EDI 14 Historical, Philosophical and Sociological Foundations of Education 3.00
EDI 15A Psychological Perspectives: Teaching and Learning 3.00
EDI 16A Curriculum and Assessment for Preservice Teachers 3.00
EDI 35K Methods and Materials in Teaching Art 3.00
EDI 38 Supervised Student Teaching in Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12) 6.00
EDS 44 Introduction to the Study of the Exceptional Child 3.00
EDS 60 Literacy Development: Birth Grade 6 3.00
EDI 50 Pre-student Teaching Seminar 0.00
HE 205 Substance Abuse & Related Issues* 3.00
HE 205A Adolescent Health-Risk Wrkshp 0.00
The students are required to do one of the following: a Foreign language course, American Sign Language (SPE 98), or Equivalent milestone (with permission from the department chair).
Required Art History Courses
ART 59 Survey of World Art I 3.00
ART 60 Survey of World Art II 3.00
ART 72 Contemporary Art 3.00
Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Total Credits: 137
Minimum Liberal Arts Credits: 36
Minimum Education Major Credits: 36
Minimum Art Major Credits: 54
Minimum Overall GPA: 2.50
Minimum Major GPA: 2.75


College of Arts, Communications & Design
Christine Kerr, Ph.D.
Acting Dean and Professor

Moreen Mitchell, J.D.
Assistant Dean