BA in Art (Art Education)

Units required for the Subject Matter Program: 48

Program Description

Courses in Art Education provide students with the knowledge and tools necessary to thrive as teachers in both K-12 and community settings. The Art Education program includes instruction in artistic perception; creative expression; historical and cultural foundations in art; aesthetic valuing; connections, relationships, and applications in art; visual art and education theories; and visual culture art education.

Art majors wishing to pursue a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Art in the College of Education must contact the Art Department's Credential Coordinator to have their transcripts evaluated for courses required for admission to the credential program and to have their single subject competency assessed.

Teaching credential candidates must also complete the Professional Education Program in the College of Education and meet the California art subject matter standards. Students interested in teaching art in public schools in California should get information from the Teaching Credentials Office in Eureka Hall 401 or the College of Education's Web site at

Minimum Grade Requirement

Courses applied toward the Subject Matter program must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.

Program Requirements

Historical and Cultural Contexts (12 Units)
ART 1AArt, Religions, and Power before 14003
ART 1BArt, Empires, and Cross-Cultural Exchange, 1400-18003
ART 1CGlobal Modern and Contemporary Art3
Select one of the following:3
Traditional Asian Art
Modern and Contemporary Asian Art
Art of the Americas
Origins of American Indian Art
US and Caribbean Art: Race and Representation
Latin American and Latino Art History
Asian Art and Mythology
Art of India and Southeast Asia
Art of China and Japan
Art of Korea
Art Studio Foundation (21 Units)
ART 20ABeginning Drawing3
ART 20BIntermediate Drawing3
ART 22Beginning Painting3
ART 97Beginning Electronic Art3
Select one of the following: 3
Form, Space Vision
Beginning Sculpture
Select one of the following:3
Beginning Ceramics
Beginning Hand-Built Ceramics
Select one of the following:3
Basic Printmaking: Relief
Two-Dimensional Composition
Form, Space Vision
Beginning Jewelry
Beginning Metalsmithing
Clay Sculpture
Beginning Sculpture
Darkroom Photography
Art Studio Depth (6 Units)
Select two courses from Group 1, Group 2 or Group 3:6
Group 1
Advanced Drawing
Intermediate Painting (may be taken twice for credit)
Advanced Painting (may be taken four times for credit)
Figure Drawing
Intermediate Watercolor
Advanced Watercolor
Life Painting
Life Studio
Painting and Drawing in the Field
Collage and Assemblage (may be taken twice for credit)
Digital Printmaking
Advanced Printmaking Studio
Group 2
Advanced Ceramics
Hand-Built Ceramic Techniques
Intermediate Jewelry
Intermediate Metalsmithing
Advanced Jewelry
Figure Sculpture
Intermediate Sculpture (may be taken twice for credit)
Advanced Sculpture (may be taken twice for credit)
Installation and Performance Art (may be taken twice for credit)
Group 3
3D Computer Modeling
3D Computer Animation
Digital Printmaking
Video Art
Intermediate Electronic Art
Advanced Electronic Art
Art Education (9 Units)
ART 130Theories in Art Education3
ART 133Art Education for Children3
ART 135Overview of Secondary Art Education3
Total Units48

Note: ART 305 (Art in the Public School) is the required learning methods course for students enrolled in the Professional Education Program in the College of Education.
The program is currently under review by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing and students are strongly encouraged to consult an advisor.