2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Studio Art (B.F.A.) - Art Education Specialization

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Mark A. Stemwedel, Studio Art Program Coordinator
School of Design
Grove Hall 101, Box 2802

Program Information

The Art Education Program prepares majors for careers as art educators in public and private elementary or secondary schools (K-12). The curriculum prepares students for state licensure through successful completion of the national PRAXIS competency exam. Students pursue a B.F.A. degree, including instruction in specific technical skills, application of theory and conceptual development, and Teacher Education coursework.

Student Learning Outcomes

The artist-teacher learns to connect an understanding of educational processes with an understanding of the relationship of the arts, sciences, and humanities, in order to apply art competencies in teaching situations and integrate art/design instruction into the total process of education. As defined by the National Association of the Colleges of Art and Design, upon completion of the program, majors demonstrate the following studio art outcomes:

  • Understand basic expressive, technical, procedural and organizational skills and conceptual insights that can develop through art and design experiences.
  • Knowledge of traditional processes as well as newer technological developments in art and design.
  • Understanding how to make students emphatically aware of the all-important process of artistic creation from conceptualized image to finished work.

Graduates also demonstrate the following teaching competencies:

  • Understanding of child development and the identification and understanding of principles of learning as they relate to art education.
  • Understanding of the philosophical and social foundation underlying art in education and the ability to express a rationale for personal attitudes and beliefs.
  • Ability to utilize aptitudes, experiential backgrounds, and interests of individuals and groups of students and to devise learning experiences to meet assessed needs.
  • Ability to utilize current methods and materials available in all fields and levels of art education.
  • Basic understanding of the principles and methods of developing curricula and the short- and on-term instructional units that comprise them.
  • Ability to accept, amend, or reject methods and materials based on personal assessment of specific teaching situations.
  • Knowledge of evaluative techniques and the ability to apply them in assessing both the progress of students and the objectives and procedures of the curriculum.
  • Ability to organize personal continuing study and ability to incorporate knowledge gained into self-evaluation and professional growth.

Academic Requirements

  • Studio Art students must maintain at least a major GPA of 2.6 and an overall GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the duration of the program.  A grade of a “C” or better is required in all ART, ARTE, ARTH, GDES, DSGN, LA, ARCH, and ID courses. 
  • A grade of “C” or better is required in SPCM 101 , ENGL 101 , PSYC 101 , and MATH 102  or higher (if these courses are in your plan of study), and all courses for the major (classes with department/program prefix).
  • An overall GPA of 2.5 is required to enroll in any education courses.

Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure


National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs
South Dakota Department of Education

Certification and Licensure

  • Completion of an approved bachelor’s K-12 preparation program.
  • Completion of an approved Indian Studies course.
  • Pass the state designated content knowledge test or 2.7 GPA in content major coursework.
  • Pass the state designated pedagogy test.
  • Completion of a Suicide Awareness and Prevention training, available free online through the South Dakota Department of Education.
  • Apply online with the South Dakota Department of Education.
  • Written recommendation from institution of higher education (SDSU) verifying program completion.

Course Delivery Format

Course content is delivered through hands-on studio work combined with lectures, demonstrations and critiques.

Requirements for Studio Art Major - Art Education Specialization: 128 Credits

Bachelor of Fine Arts

System General Education Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Bachelor of Fine Arts Requirements: 3

System General Education and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements. Consult program advisor for details. See the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences  for additional information about Bachelor of Fine Arts specifications.

School of Design Requirements

Major Requirement

Supporting Coursework

Total Required Credits: 128


  • Students must also receive a “C” grade or better in  ,  , and   or higher.
  • There are GPA requirements for entry into and continuation within the teacher education program. For additional information please consult the Secondary Education Handbook.

AH  Art History B.F.A. Coursework
S    Supportive B.F.A. Studies

Summary of Program Requirements

Bachelor of Fine Arts

System General Education Requirements 30 Credit Hours
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements 3 Credit Hours
School of Design Requirements* 12 Credit Hours
Major Requirements 39 Credit Hours
Teacher Education Requirements 29 Credit Hours
Supporting Coursework 15 Credit Hours
Electives** 0 Credit Hours

*System General Education Requirements, Major Requirements, and Supporting Coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements.  
**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet

The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.

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