College of Fine Arts

Art Education

120

Semester Hours

51

Credit Hours

31

Core Hours

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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

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859-257-8151

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

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.


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 and at least 39 hours of courses at or above the 300-level.

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.

Enhancing Your Time at UK

There are countless ways to “see blue.” on campus, but the best way to maximize your journey at the University of Kentucky is by engaging in an Education Abroad opportunity.

This will allow you to gain a global perspective and enhance future employability. As you take the first step towards investing in your future, we encourage you to take advantage of all the opportunities UK has to offer. Take a look at some of the options UK Education Abroad & Exchanges office suggests to complement your major! #SeeBlueAbroad

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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

859-257-8151

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