This undergraduate degree prepares students to teach art both in schools and in the community. Once students are admitted to the Art & Design program, they can apply to the Art Education program through ART ED 227 (see Advance to Major). In addition to satisfying the core curriculum, art education students also must take required art history and critical thinking courses, and three education courses. They are required to take studio courses from both 2D and 3D disciplines, and to focus their choices of studio electives to develop an emphasis in an area. In addition to top-notch studio preparation in a wide range of media, our students focus on urban issues and art education for social justice. Theory is integrated into practical early field and student teaching experiences. Throughout the program, assessment is aligned with the requirements for licensure under “PI-34,” the state law governing certification in Wisconsin. Students who demonstrate mastery of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of professional educators during student teaching are recommended to the Department of Public Instruction in the State of Wisconsin for a PK4-12 teaching license.

Requirements

University Core45
First Year Program15
Art & Design Core42
Major Requirements28
Total Credits130

University Core

The minimum number of credits required to complete the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education is 130. Students who need background preparation courses in math, English, foreign language, and chemistry may need additional credits.

General Education Requirements 1
Compentencies 1
English Parts A & B 2
Math Parts A & B 2
Foreign Language 2
Distribution Requirements 1
ARTHIST 101Ancient and Medieval Art and Architecture (counts as Humanities GER)3
ARTHIST 102Renaissance to Modern Art and Architecture (counts as Humanities GER)3
Social Science 36
Natural Science (1 course with lab)6
Cultural Diversity 2
Electives
Advanced ARTHIST course6
Select 2 arts areas outside department6
General Elective (outside PSOA)3
General Elective (any area outside of Art)3
Education Courses
ED PSY 330Introduction to Learning and Development3
CURRINS 343Teaching of Reading3
or CURRINS 545 Reading in the Content Areas: Middle, Junior, and Senior High School
Select one of the following:3
The Exceptional Individual
Inclusion for Secondary Educators: Humanities, the Arts, Foreign Language
Child, Learner, Disabilities
Total Credits45

First Year Program

2.5 cumulative GPA required:
ART 101Drawing I3
ART 106Art Survey3
ART 1082D Concepts3
ART 1093D Concepts3
ART 118Digital Arts: Culture, Theory, Practice3
Total Credits15

Art & Design Core

Studio Courses
ART 201Drawing II3
ART 342Introduction to Figure Drawing3
Select 21 credits of the following:21
Introduction to Digital Studio: A/V Strategies
Introduction to Design
Introduction to Fibers
Introduction to Painting
Introduction to Photography
Introduction to Sculpture
Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Design for Digital Fabrication
Introduction to Ceramics
Introduction to Print and Narrative Forms
Studio Electives (choose 12 credits) 112
Critical Thinking
ART 309Issues in Contemporary Art:3
or ART 509 Art & Design Seminar:
Total Credits42

Major Requirements

ART ED 227Introduction to Art Education3
ART ED 228Learning Processes in Art Education3
ART ED 327Art Education Theory and Practice: Elementary6
ART ED 328Art Education Theory and Practice: Secondary6
ART ED 425Student Teaching in Art I - Elementary Levels5
ART ED 426Student Teaching in Art II: Secondary Levels5
Total Credits28
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallCredits
(Includes OWC-A and QL-A Requirements) Students must be aware of the prerequisites for the 200-level course they wish to take in the second semester of the First Year and enroll in the appropriate First Year Program courses in fall.  
ART 101 Drawing I 3
ART 106 Art Survey 3
ART 109 3D Concepts 3
University Core 1 3
University Core 1 3
 Credits15
Spring
ART 201 Drawing II 3
ART 108 2D Concepts 3
ART 118 Digital Arts: Culture, Theory, Practice 3
Select one of the following: 3
200-level studio in Art
 
University Core 1
 
University Core 1 3
 Credits15
Year 2
Fall
Students are reminded that admission to the Art & Design Program requires completion of the 36-credit Art-Intended requirements and that all First Year Program courses must be completed in the first 45 credits (usually in fall semester of sophomore year). Admission to the Pre-Art Ed Program requires completion of the 30-credit First Year Program and two 200-level studio courses.  
Select one of the following: 3
200-level studio in Art
 
Introduction to Art Education  
200-level studio in Art 3
200-level studio in Art 3
ARTHIST 101 Ancient and Medieval Art and Architecture 2 3
University Core 1 3
University Core 1 3
 Credits18
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Art Education  
Learning Processes in Art Education  
200-level studio in Art
 
200-level studio in Art 3
200-level studio in Art 3
200-level studio in Art 3
ARTHIST 102 Renaissance to Modern Art and Architecture 2 3
University Core 1 3
 Credits18
Year 3
Fall
ART ED 327 Art Education Theory and Practice: Elementary 6
Select one of the following: 3
Learning Processes in Art Education  
200-level studio in Art
 
ART 342 Introduction to Figure Drawing 3
Advanced Art History choice 2 3
University Core 1 3
 Credits18
Spring
ART ED 328 Art Education Theory and Practice: Secondary 6
Upper Studio Elective 3
ART 309 Issues in Contemporary Art: (subtitle) 3
Advanced Art History choice 2 3
University Core 1 3
 Credits18
Year 4
Fall
Art Studio Elective 3
Art Studio Elective 3
Art Studio Elective 3
Art Studio Elective 3
University Core 1 3
University Core 1 3
 Credits18
Spring
ART ED 425 Student Teaching in Art I - Elementary Levels 5
ART ED 426 Student Teaching in Art II: Secondary Levels 5
 Credits10
 Total Credits130

Art & Design Undergraduate Admission Requirements

See the Admission section of the Art & Design department page for undergraduate admission requirements.

Art Education Advancement to Major

Art Ed Intended designation is given to all students intending to pursue the BFA (Art Education). Art Ed Intended students will get priority registration in art courses over non-art majors. Art Ed Intended students may apply to this program upon completion of 30 art credits if the following requirements have been fulfilled:

  1. First Year Program courses in art (see Art Education BFA requirements).
  2. Oral and Written Communication Competency (Part A).
  3. Quantitative Literacy Competency (Part A).
  4. Communication Proficiency.
  5. 2.75 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  6. Dept. of Public Instruction (DPI) Act 31 requirement. (This can be met by taking the Act 31 Workshop, HIST 263AIS 203ANTHRO 213, or ENGLISH 276, subtitled "Literature, History, and Sovereignty of Upper Midwest Indians" only.)
  7. Completion of ART ED 227 Introduction to Art Education, with a B or higher.

After successful completion of the above, students should contact the Peck School of the Arts Student Services Office by April 15 to get permission to enroll in  ART ED 327 .

For further details and procedures, see the teacher certification degree requirements on the Peck School of the Arts catalog page.

Art Education Certification Requirements

Following admission to the Art Education Program, and successful completion of the specified Art Education course of studies, a student seeking recommendation for teacher certification must successfully fulfill the following requirements:

  1. fulfill all degree requirements;
  2. fulfill the field experience requirement;
  3. maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA or higher while being in the program;
  4. maintain a 3.0 or higher in content area courses (Art & Art History) or pass the Praxis II Art Content Exam;
  5. successfully complete student teaching; and
  6. demonstrate mastery of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for a career in the field of art education through the use of a Teaching Portfolio (see description below):
    The Art Education Area and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction require that students compile a teaching portfolio that demonstrates teaching proficiency. The required reflections, artifacts, statements, and assessment composing this portfolio will be compiled mostly as a part of their major two art education methods classes (ART ED 327 and ART ED 328). Fewer documents will be produced during their student teaching capstone classes (ART ED 425 and ART ED 426). Some of the documents that this portfolio includes are: copy of current resume, teaching philosophy, reflections on the Ten Wisconsin Teaching Standards, artifacts supporting the reflections showing your work as a teacher and your students’ work, lesson plans written and taught in field experiences, field experience assessments, and clinical assessments during student teaching.
  7. Teacher Performance Assessment, EdTPA (see explanation below):
    This is a performance-based test in which student teachers plan, instruct, and assess a visual arts lesson plan for K-12 following the requirements outlined in the EdTPA Handbook. Among these requirements student teachers must show strong curriculum based on four types of objectives, the use of academic language derived from the research of art content and contexts, and cohesive sequencing of art appreciation, artmaking, and art critique. Along with all this, students should demonstrate a theoretical use of visual art learning theory, elaborated skills in the documentation of in-progress and finalized student work, and an ability to reflect on their own teaching, as a way to inform the following steps in their instructional sequence.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is granted to students who have earned a GPA of 3.500 or greater in the major and the academic department's recommendation.

High Honors in the Major is granted to students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or greater and the academic department's recommendation.

Departmental Honors are granted to students recommended by their academic department for Honors excellence in performance not reflected in the GPA.

Dean's Honors are granted to students with major achievements in one or more of the arts.

Honors in the Peck School of the Arts

Dean's Honor List

GPA of 3.750 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.

Honors College Degree and Honors College Degree with Distinction

Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.

Commencement Honors

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester, will receive all-university commencement honors and be awarded the traditional gold cord at the December or May Honors Convocation. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).

Final Honors

Earned on a minimum of 60 graded UWM credits: Cum Laude - 3.500 or above; Magna Cum Laude - 3.650 or above; Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 or above.

Advising

Location: Theatre 120
Reception Hours: 9AM-4PM Monday through Friday
(closed on university holidays)
Contact: (414) 229-4763

Academic advising is an important aspect of long-term academic success. At the Peck School of the Arts, we offer professional academic advising in the following undergraduate disciplines: art, dance, film, music, and theatre.

Advisors provide students with individualized advising to assist them in areas such as: degree requirements, major options, course selection, campus resources, college success strategies, graduation assessment, academic policies and procedures, etc. 

For more information on Peck School of the Arts advising, please visit http://uwm.edu/arts/advising/.