Art (Art Education), BFA

Home / Degree Programs / Art (Art Education)

Develop a studio practice while learning how to design interdisciplinary educational experiences for diverse communities in a variety of settings.

The BFA program in art with a concentration in art education involves creative teaching and learning processes and strategies, first-hand experience teaching art with a range of ages, the study of art history and global cultures, and practice in a variety of studio areas.

The program focuses on engaging with artistic inquiry and education in K-12, community and museum settings. Students investigate issues related to teaching art from multiple perspectives, including:

  • creativity and critical thinking
  • ecological connections
  • inquiry-based learning
  • interdisciplinary curriculum development
  • multicultural contexts
  • studio and conceptual art practices

In addition to their art education coursework, students are required to take coursework in the various studio areas offered in the School of Art. Students declare their Bachelor of Fine Arts concentration at the time of their ASU admission. Following admission, if students wish to change their concentration, they may meet with their School of Art academic advisor.

At A Glance

Art (Art Education), BFA

Required Courses

A major map outlines a major's critical requirements, courses, and optimal course sequence and aids students in remaining on track to graduation.

While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

Affording college

Scholarships
Find and apply for relevant scholarships.

Financial Aid
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.

Admission requirements

Currently, all art students are admitted to ASU into the Bachelor of Arts (art studies) program. They must complete a series of requirements that include foundational coursework to be eligible for study in one of the school's Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs, which includes upper-division coursework in the studio. There is no portfolio review process for admission to the School of Art.

Students in their second year who are interested in studio art and art education obtain a signed BFA declaration form after completing the core requirements and during completion of the last of the 12 hours of 200-level art requirements. Students interested in art history or museum studies submit a major declaration form in the semester in which they complete 30 credit hours. The student's major is changed upon successful completion of the major declaration form. Students may choose to remain in and complete the Bachelor of Arts (art studies).

Beginning Fall 2019, students are admitted directly to the art education concentration upon admittance to the BFA program in art.

Career outlook

Graduates who also complete the state certification requirements for an art specialist certificate may teach in public and private elementary schools, middle schools and high schools. Graduates who do not seek state certification may find opportunities for jobs with some charter schools, art museums, nonprofit art spaces and recreational or community-oriented service groups that offer art instruction.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 12%$66,930
Education Administrators, Postsecondary 10.1%$92,360
Craft Artists4.3%$34,940
Education Teachers, Postsecondary 10.3%$64,020
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 7.4%$57,160
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators6.6%$49,520
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education7.9%$54,230
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$57,720
Tutors 9.9%

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

  • Bright Outlook
  • Green Occupation