College of Visual and Performing Arts

BA Program - Art Education

Bachelor of Art in Art Education (B.A.)  

The Art Education program at IPFW promotes and cultivates the role of artist/teacher as the ideal educator of the arts in schools today. With a strong background in studio arts, student teachers use their experience as artists to develop a philosophy that aims to create authentic art making conditions in their future positions as art educators. Art educators learn to advocate for the arts and are given learning opportunities both in school and museum contexts as they grow to share learning and understanding of visual arts education.

The Bachelor of Art in Art Education degree prepares the student to teach elementary, middle school/junior high or high school art. This program is designed to give the student a strong foundation in the arts while understanding the role of the artist/educator. If a student already holds an art degree, it is possible to obtain certification to teach through the addition of the appropriate education courses providing you meet general university requirements. The Bachelor of Art in Art Education degree is divided into three parts; 39 credit hours of General Education, 54 credit hours of art history and art studio work, and 38 credit hours of Professional Education classes. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 plus a 3.0 GPA and a grade of C or higher in all Art Studio and Art History classes within the B.A. in Art Education program is required (including coursework taken from previous institutions). In addition each Area of General Education must maintain a 2.0 GPA. A total of 120 credits are required for graduation. For a full listing of class requirements, procedures, and policies, refer to Department of Fine Arts Student Handbook [PDF].

  • 100 Level Foundation Portfolio Review Checkpoint  
    Students in all of the Department of Fine Arts programs will submit a portfolio of 100 level Foundation studio work to be reviewed by Department of Fine Arts faculty. The review is a checkpoint to assure that students have met adequate quality standards in the Foundation program. 
  • 200 Level B.A. in Art Education Portfolio Review 
    Each student must submit a portfolio of 200 level work to attain formal acceptance into the B.A. in Art Education program. The Department of Fine Arts portfolio review must be passed and recorded before students will be allowed to enter the Block 1 Teacher Education classes. Students presenting a portfolio for acceptance into the B.A. in Art Education program can declare an area of studio concentration, i.e. painting, sculpture, or can decide to take a variety of advanced studio classes.