College of Fine Arts

Art Education

120

Semester Hours

51

Credit Hours

31

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Rob Jensen

Director of the School of Art & Visual Studies

College of Fine Arts

College of Fine Arts

School of Art & Visual Studies

236 Bolivar Street

Lexington, KY 40508

Program website

859-257-8151

  • BA

Art Education provides students with a strong foundation in art studio and art history, along with the theory and practices of art education. Art Education graduates are prepared for careers in K-12 art education.

Careers

The nationally accredited and state certified art education teacher licensure program in the School of Art & Visual Studies provides a unique four-year undergraduate program in which more than 65 percent of our students graduate with a dual degree in studio art and art education. Our program in art education prepares students in the liberal arts tradition with courses that encourage creative thinking, intellectual reasoning, and exploration of humanities, culture and global dynamics. These skills fuel a passion for helping students to achieve global competitiveness in collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking.

Graduates are licensed to teach K-12 Art Education in the state of Kentucky.

Current Curriculum Information

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  • Art Education (BA) 120 hours

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Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • A-S 102 - TWO-DIMENSIONAL SURFACE3

    A broad, cross-disciplinary studio course exploring design elements and principles as the basic means of organizing two-dimensional space. Each student develops the ability to form strategies, concepts and ideas to enhance creativity and articulate personal expression.

  • A-S 200 - INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL ART, SPACE, AND TIME3

    This course provides fundamental instruction in digital media as a creative tool. Students will learn the basics of digital collage, video editing and sound design. An overview of historical and contemporary digital art practice will be presented as well as elements of designs and composition. (Four studio hours, and one 50-minute lecture per week.).

  • A-S 101 - CREATIVITY PRACTICES IN ART STUDIO1

    This seminar course for incoming Art Studio and Art Education majors in designed to develop creative strategies and orient students to the Department and University. Through discussion, in-class exercises, and out-of-class assignments, students will gain knowledge of arts-related resources and programming at UK and in the local community. Art Studio and Art Education Majors only; No prerequisites.

  • A-H 106 - RENAISSANCE TO MODERN ART3

    An introduction to the history of European art and its legacy from the Middle Ages to the present. Students will become familiar with major works and monuments and develop an understanding of how art has functioned and evolved in the European tradition. As an introduction to the discipline of art history, the class develops a student's ability to describe and analyze art and architecture using sophisticated terminology, and enables a student to connect works of art to specific social and historical contexts.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • A-S 001 - FOUNDATION EXHIBITION0

    An annual exhibition where all first-year Foundation students will select and exhibit one of their works created in a course at UK during their first-year. Students will be required to select their own work, present it professionally, and provide an accompanying artist’s statement. The exhibition will occur each spring semester. Grade: P or F.

  • A-S 103 - THREE-DIMENSIONAL FORM3

    A broad, cross-disciplinary studio course exploring the elements and principles of designing in the round. Basic concepts involving three- dimensional design in visual art will be explored through discussion and the creation of spatial forms. Special emphasis will be given to the creative process in problem solving.

  • A-S 130 - DRAWING3

    A broad, cross-disciplinary studio course exploring the visual language of drawing through observation. Students learn the mechanisms of visual perception, how individual components of a drawing relate to the organization of the composition as a whole. Each student develops not only observational skills rooted in traditional drawing media for realistic renderings, but also gradually builds strategies, concepts, and ideas for abstract expression.

  • A-H 105 - WORLD ART BEFORE 14003

    An introduction to the visual arts of civilizations prior to the Renaissance. Students will become familiar with selected monuments from cultures in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, the Americas and Europe, and will be able to evaluate the development of artistic practices within a tradition or comparatively between traditions.

  • PSY 100 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY4

    An introduction to the study of behavior covering theories, methods and findings of research in major areas of psychology. Topics covered will include the biological foundations of behavior; learning, perception, motivation, personality; developmental, abnormal, and social behavior; and methods of assessment. This course is a prerequisite to a significant number of courses in this and related areas of study. Lecture, three hours; laboratory/discussion, two hours.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours32

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • A-S 310 - PAINTING I3

    Concentrated painting experience stressing enlargement of formal understanding and personal expression.

  • A-S 320 - PRINTMEDIA: SCREENPRINT/RELIEF3

    Students will learn the skills necessary to create screen and relief prints. Curriculum will focus on building a working knowledge of how both analog and digital stencils can be used to create editionabe images. Undertaking several projects in each medium students will explore the use of printmaking as both a fine art and graphic medium.

  • EDP 202 - HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING3

    Theories and concepts of human development, learning, and motivation are presented and applied to interpreting and explaining human behavior and interaction in relation to teaching across the developmental span from early childhood to adulthood. A field experience in a school or other educational agency is a required and basic part of the course.

  • A-E 300 - INTRODUCTION TO ART EDUCATION3

    This course provides an introduction to the art teaching profession with particular emphases on developing the creative, critical, collaborative, and communicative skills that are required in art teaching situations. Opportunities to gain skills will be provided through participation in group-generated projects and leadership activities. Students will engage in personal reflection and critical analysis of the teaching/learning process through journal-keeping, teacher portfolio development and creative research.

  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • EDP 203 - TEACHING EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS IN REGULAR CLASSROOMS3

    An introduction to the characteristics and instructional needs of exceptional learners is presented with an overview of principles, procedures, methods, and materials for adapting educational programs to accommodate the integration of exceptional children in regular classrooms, when appropriate. A field experience in a school or other educational agency is a required and basic part of the course. Lecture, three hours per week; laboratory, two hours per week for a maximum of six weeks.

  • A-S 355 - INTRODUCTION TO SCULPTURE3

    Emphasis is placed on learning diverse 3D techniques, tools and materials as students create sculptures dealing with movement, emotions, narrative and non-objective/abstract subject matters. Sculptural concepts are explored through individual research, critical discussions and art production. Students experiment with mixed-media, and surface finishing.

  • A-S 331 - EXPLORATION OF THE HUMAN FORM3

    Students strengthen drawing skills through observation and in experimentation with process and strategy. Students gain a better understanding of design and composition in relationship to overall outcome of drawing and explore a range of drawing materials.

  • Art History Course (300+ level)3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours30

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • A-S 370 - CERAMICS I3

    Introductory studio experience to a variety of ceramic materials and processes. Nine studio hours per week.

  • A-E 362 - FIELD EXPERIENCES IN ART EDUCATION3

    A-E 362 is the first course in the Art Education professional education sequence. It gives the art education candidate the opportunity for a variety of planned experiences in the schools and other educational and community settings. Candidates will learn to identify standards and unbridled learning tools in school settings, and will develop a variety of products to demonstrate Art Education learning outcomes. 64 field experience hours are required for A-E 362.

  • EPE 301 - EDUCATION IN AMERICAN CULTURE3

    Critical examination of contending views, past and present, regarding the nature and role of educational institutions in American society as well as proposed purposes and policies for schools and other educational agencies. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Art History Course (300+ level)3
  • Art Studio Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • A-E 578 - ART IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS3

    Focusing on the study of perceptual and aesthetic development of elementary age children, this course provides field and practicum experiences that utilize methods and materials appropriate to the teaching of art in the elementary school. Topics include: curriculum design, lesson planning, teaching skills, classroom safety and assessment. Lecture, demonstrations, micro-teaching, laboratory and studio experiences are integrated into the class design.

  • A-E 579 - ARTS AND HUMANITIES IN ART EDUCATION3

    Inquiry into the relationship of current philosophies of art education and aesthetics; a consolidation of art education ideas with a formation of criteria for making value judgments; the development of a personal viewpoint consistent with education and art as humanistic endeavors.

  • Art Studio Elective (100+ level)3
  • 6 Hours (Art Admin, Music, or Theatre)3
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • A-E 576 - ART IN MIDDLE SCHOOLS3

    Centering on the study of perceptual and aesthetic development of middle school adolescents, this course provides field and practicum experiences that utilize methods and materials appropriate to the teaching of art in the middle school. Topics include: curriculum design, lesson planning, teaching skills, classroom safety and assessment. Lecture, demonstrations, micro-teaching, laboratory and studio experiences are integrated into the class design.

  • A-E 577 - ART IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS3

    This coure provides students with an overview of the secondary school in American education and explores the history, theory, techniques and contemporary issues of teaching art in the secondary schools. Skills in the planning of multicultural activities and the teaching and evaluation of secondary art experiences are stressed. Full class instruction, video, micro-teaching, laboratory and studio experiences are incorporated into class design.

  • EDL 401 - THE PROFESSIONAL TEACHER: LEGAL PERSPECTIVES1

    Study of legal concerns of public school teachers. Emphasizes legal rights and responsibilities of teachers and pupils. Lecture, two hours per week for eight weeks.

  • A-S 490 - SENIOR SEMINAR1

    Readings and critical discussion relating to art. Selection, preparation, and presentation of senior exhibitions and portfolios. To be taken during student's final semester of study. Two lecture hours per week.

  • EDC 533 - TCHG READING IN SECONDARY SCHOOL0
  • 6 Hours (Art Admin, Music, or Theatre)3
  • Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • EDC 342 - STUDENT TEACHING IN ART12

    Designed to give the student practical experience through observation, planning, teaching, and evaluating procedures. The student works with children on all grade levels under the guidance of the supervising teacher. TO BE OFFERED ON A PASS/FAIL BASIS ONLY.

    • Total12
    • Total Senior Hours28

Classes & Requirements

 

What You'll Study

Students in our art education program spend their first two years studying the fundamentals of studio art. Before graduation, they’ll participate in a group exhibition. The final two years in the program will be spent grounded in art education theory and practice, including a classroom teaching practicum and courses in educational pedagogy. With leading-edge educator skills, mastery of art studio techniques and knowledge in visual studies, our students are on track to becoming artist educators that engage and prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century.


Foundations Program

 

This program consists in part of three studio courses, one each from three distinct media areas.  Students also participate in a Freshman Exhibition (featuring work created in the two Freshman Foundation courses). 
 

Foundations courses:

  • A-S 101 - Creativity Practices in Art Studio

  • A-H 104 - African Art and Its Global Impact  OR  A-H 105 - World Art Before 1400
  • A-H 106 - Renaissance to Modern Art
  • A-S 102 - Two-Dimensional Surface
  • A-S 103 - Three-Dimensional Form
  • A-S 130 - Drawing
  • A-S 200 - Introduction to Digital Art, Space and Time
  • A-S 001 - Foundation Exhibition

Teacher Education Program

 

Students who desire to declare an Art Education major will demonstrate their progress in the Foundations Program and commitment to advanced undergraduate study through an application to the TEP. In this application, students must demonstrate that they have earned at least 60 credit hours and meet the criteria put forth by the College of Education by filling out the College of Education TEP application form. Upon meeting those criteria, applicants then have a portfolio review and interview with art education faculty to determine entry into the program.

The TEP criteria include:

  • Total academic record. A minimum overall grade-point average of 2.75 is required. 

  • Performance on required tests measuring proficiency in writing, reading and math. 

  • Record of completed pre-professional course work, experiences, and awards.

Professional and Art Education Courses

 

  • CIS 110 - Composition and Communication I (UK Core)
  • CIS 111 - Composition and Communication II (UK Core)
  • PSY 100 - Introduction to Psychology (UK Core)
  • EDP 202 - Human Development and Learning
  • EDP 203 - Teaching Exceptional Learners in Regular Classrooms
  • EPE 301 - Education in American Culture
  • A-E 300 - Introduction to Art Education
  • A-E 362 - Field Experiences in Art Education
  • A-E 576 - Art in Middle Schools
  • A-E 577 - Art in Secondary Schools
  • A-E 578 - Art in Elementary Schools
  • A-E 579 - Arts and Humanities in Art Education
  • EDL 401 - The Professional Teacher: Legal Perspectives
  • EDC 342 - Student Teaching in Art
  • EDC 533 - Teaching Literacy Across the Disciplines

Major Requirements 

All incoming Art Education majors undertake a prescribed sequence of courses in our Foundations Program.  Students will also complete 30 hours of UK Core. The College of Fine Arts additionally requires that all majors complete 6 hours of coursework outside their departments but within the College of Fine Arts and at least 39 hours of courses at or above the 300-level.


Contact

Rob Jensen

Director of the School of Art & Visual Studies

College of Fine Arts

College of Fine Arts

School of Art & Visual Studies

236 Bolivar Street

Lexington, KY 40508

859-257-8151

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