College of Visual and Performing Arts

BA Program - Art Education

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

The Art Education program at Purdue University Fort Wayne promotes 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 one meets 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
  • 38 credit hours of Professional Education classes

Art Education students must to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 and a 3.0 major GPA in order to student teach and graduate from the program. The program also requires a grade of 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.

First Year Foundation Portfolio Review Checkpoint Students in all of the Department of Art and Design programs will submit a portfolio of First Year Foundation studio work to be reviewed by Department of Art and Design 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 continue in the B.A. in Art Education program. The Department of Art and Design 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.