Studio Art BFA, Art Education Emphasis

Candidates for the B.F.A. degree must complete a Foundation and Core Art Program (which is largely satisfied by the A.F.A. degree) and an emphasis area in one of the following: art education, graphic design, or general fine arts studio practice. Studio Art majors are required to take 69 hours in studio art (this includes 27 hours in the foundation and core art program) and 12 hours in Art History. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at UMSL. Graduating students must also pass a faculty portfolio review.

Advanced Placement in Studio Art Classes: Studio Art Majors who have professional Graphic Design or other professional studio experience may wish to submit a portfolio to a committee of Studio Art faculty. Depending on the nature and the quality of the student’s portfolio, they may be able to obtain exemptions from selected lower level Studio Art courses. Students applying for these exemptions must submit their portfolios prior to the first day of class of their first semester in the BFA Program. Students will be notified in writing if an exemption is granted. Students informed of these waivers will be advised of their requirements in the studio art major. All decisions of the portfolio reviews are final.

General Education

Majors in Studio Art must meet the college and university general education requirements. A foreign language is not required. Studio Art courses required for the degree may not be taken on a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory (S/U) basis. A minimum of 120 hours is required for graduation. Certain Studio Art courses fulfill the humanities and fine arts general education requirement.

An art education emphasis leading toward K-12 Art teacher certification is available. Students choosing this option must complete degree requirements for the B.F.A. Students must complete ENGL 3100 (Advanced Expository Writing) and the general education requirements of the College of Education. A foreign language is not required.

Students will take a specialized program of Foundation Art (30 hours) that includes courses required for certification to teach art. They will also take studio art electives, including a minimum of three courses in one of the studio emphasis areas: drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, or printmaking. A minimum of 50 credit hours must be completed in studio art. In addition, students must complete 15 hours of art history. The final 30 hours of coursework must be completed in residence at UMSL. Major area courses, including studio art, art history, art education, teacher education, and secondary education, must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.5; no grade lower than a C is acceptable in major area coursework.

Beginning with those students graduating in May 2017 and receiving teacher certification, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires a 3.0 GPA in professional education courses, a 3.0 GPA in the teaching content field, and a 2.75 overall GPA.

ST ART 1020Expanded Artforms3
ST ART 1140Drawing I (MOTR PERF 105D)3
ST ART 11502D Design: Surface3
ST ART 11513D Design: Space3
ST ART 2220Computer Design I3
or ST ART 2205 Graphic Design I
ST ART 2230Drawing II3
ST ART 2245Painting I3
ST ART 2252Printmaking I3
ST ART 2260Photography I3
ST ART 2270Ceramics I3
ST ART 2278Introduction to Fibers and Textiles3
ST ART 3332Figure Drawing I3
History of Art and Visual Culture
ART HS 1100Introduction to Western Art (MOTR ARTS 100)3
ART HS 2280Modern to Contemporary Art3
Choose one course from the following:3
Global Art and Visual Culture (MOTR ARTS 101)
Indigenous Arts of the Americas
Introduction to the Art and Visual Cultures of Africa
Introduction to the Art and Visual Cultures of Asia
Choose one course from the following:3
Art and Archaeology of The Ancient World
Greek Art and Archaeology
Medieval Art
Italian and Northern European Renaissance Art
Nineteenth Century European Art
Special Study
Sophomore/Junior Seminar: Research in Art History
Two 2000 or 3000-level ST ART or ART HS courses6
Education Courses (Art Education Emphasis)
TCH ED 1000Building Community, Culture, and Learning in Education1
TCH ED 1001Early Clinical Experience: Community Agency1
Level I: Exploring Education as a Profession
TCH ED 2000Becoming a Professional Educator1
TCH ED 2001Early Clinical Experience: Schools1
TCH ED 2209Foundations of Teaching in American Schools2
Level II: Analyzing the Nature and Process of Education
ART ED 3328Art Education: Theory to Practice3
ART ED 4260Art Museum as Teaching Resource3
ED PSY 3312Psychology of Learning, Instruction, and Assessment3
SPEC ED 3318Inclusive Classrooms3
TCH ED 3001Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners1
TCH ED 3310Introduction to Methods of Teaching3
TCH ED 4391Literacy for Adolescent Learners in Content Areas3
Level III: Synthesizing Theory and Practice in Education
ART ED 4273Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Art3
SEC ED 4995Practicum I: Site-Based Experience in Art3
SEC ED 4996Practicum II: 12-Week Site-Based Experience in Art9
SEC ED 4997Practicum II: 4-Week Site-Based Experience in Art3
Total Hours97


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • To develop visual and verbal responses to visual phenomena, and organize perceptions and conceptualizations both rationally and intuitively
  • To explain the major achievements in the history of art and design, including the works and intentions of leading artists and designers in the past and present
  • To develop the capacity to identify and/or solve visual problems within a variety of physical, technological, social, and cultural contexts
  • To explain and evaluate contemporary thinking about art or design
  • To develop competence in a number of art or design techniques
  • To make valid assessments of quality and effectiveness in design projects and works of art, especially their own

Sample Four Year Plan

First Year
ST ART 11403ST ART 10203PSYCH 10033
ST ART 11503ST ART 11513EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3
TCH ED 10001ST ART 22303 
ENGL 11003TCH ED 10011 
MATH 10203TCH ED 20001 
HIST 10013POL SCI 11003 
 16 14 6
Second Year
ST ART 22453ST ART 22753ED TECH 22303
ST ART 11423ST ART XXXX Studio Art Elective3ENGL 31003
TCH ED 20011ED PSY 33123 
TCH ED 22092TCH ED 33103 
ED PSY 22123COMM 10403 
BIOL 10123  
 15 15 6
Third Year
ST ART 22523ART ED 33283ART HS 11203
ST ART 22783ART ED 42603EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3
ART HS 11003ST ART 22203 
TCH ED 30011ST ART XXXX Studio Art Elective3 
TCH ED 43913ART HS 22803 
SPEC ED 33183  
 16 15 6
Fourth Year
ART ED 42733SEC ED 49969 
ST ART 22603SEC ED 49973 
ST ART 22703  
ART HS 2000+ Art History Elective3  
SEC ED 49953  
 15 12
Total Hours: 136