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B.F.A. in Art, Art Education

The Art – Art Education major at Colorado State University embraces the artist-teacher concept, allowing students to develop a strong studio concentration while preparing to teach art at the K-12 level.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, August
Tuition Fee: $32,734 per year
Location: Fort Collins, CO, United States

The Art – Art Education major at Colorado State University is comprehensive, meaning students take course work to prepare them to teach at the elementary and secondary school levels.

One full semester of student teaching at both the elementary and secondary levels is preceded by in-depth field work with elementary, secondary, and exceptional populations. Students can expect practicum or service-learning experiences each semester in the program.

As a result, the Art Education program enjoys good working relationships with school districts in the state of Colorado and the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art on the CSU campus—all of which host our students.

Throughout the program students engage in philosophical and theoretical studies, contemporary pedagogical practices, and arts-based research to prepare for the complexities of the K-12 art studio. Additionally, community-based and museum experiences give art education students the ability to situate their role in the context of contemporary visual and material culture.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • Fundamental knowledge and mastery of media and processes necessary to communicate meaning in a work of art.
  • Ability to communicate clearly about their own art and the art of others.
  • Knowledge about and be well versed in contemporary art and demonstrate the motivation to view and discuss current local, regional, and national exhibitions.

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Courses included

  • Global Art History
  • Schooling in the United States
  • Photo Image Making
  • Pottery
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Metalsmithing and Jewelry

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