Art and Design B.A. – K-12 Teaching Emphasis Art (K-Grade 12)

College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact: Lisa Stocker, Administrative Assistant

Location: Guggenheim 103

Telephone: 970.351.2143

Fax: 970.351.2299


Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Please note that in Art & Design, all classes are closed until a student is released by the professor to register for each Art course. That is accomplished by meeting with their major advisor on or by Advising Day (scheduled each semester).

Contact the Art office for more information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) Credits

Program Description:

The art education emphasis is a K-12 teacher education program preparing students to teach visual arts in elementary, middle, and secondary schools. The art education program requires competency in visual art technique and processes, analysis of the place of the arts in our historical heritage and current community, and the ability to apply the arts to human growth and learning. Satisfactory completion of requirements leads to K-12 art education licensure.

Program Admission Requirements:

  • Admission. Students planning to major or minor in Art & Design must apply and be accepted into the School of Art & Design. Interested students need to submit an application and an Entry Portfolio, consisting of artwork and essay. A written essay alone will be considered if no artwork is available. Application form and instructions are available in the School of Art & Design office, or on their webpage, The deadline for applications is March 1 to attend the Fall Semester, and October 31 to attend the Spring Semester. Late applications may be accepted depending on availability of space in the program.
  • Declaring an Art & Design major or minor without applying does not assure admission to the program.
  • Students needing a resource in creating a portfolio may consider taking ART 121, Introduction to Art & Design Studies. The class serves as an exploration of Art studies and assists students in developing a portfolio.
  • It is important to note that the Art & Design major cannot be completed within 2 years. The first year is spent in completing the Freshman Foundation courses and requirements. Seniors and transfer students considering applying to the Art & Design program are advised that it is not possible to complete requirements in fewer than four regular semesters.
  • Should the number of qualified applicants exceed space available in required courses, the school will admit only those students ranking highest in cumulative grade point averages.

Program Requirements:

  • After successful acceptance of entry application, New Art & Design students must complete the Freshman Foundation requirements before they can begin their advanced art studies. The Freshman Foundation Courses include Art 181, Art 182, Art 183, Art 184, and Art 234 which must be completed with a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Students must also successfully complete the Foundation Portfolio.
  • To graduate with a B.A. in Art & Design, all students must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher in all courses in the major, and a 2.8 GPA or higher for overall university coursework.
  • An Exit level Senior Portfolio assessment is required prior to graduation. The portfolio consists of work from the student's concentration area. Students are evaluated on their knowledge and successful demonstration of professional portfolio preparation of artwork, art history and cultures, and verbal and written critical analysis. The PTEP Review also evaluates students on their knowledge and successful demonstration of art education pedagogy.

Degree Requirements — 124 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required LAC — 34 credits

2. Required Major — 67 credits

Take all of the following courses:

Complete the following five Freshman Foundation Courses First

ART 181Ancient Art History


ART 182Medieval to Rococo Art History


ART 183Art I


ART 184Art II


ART 234Drawing I


ART 181 and ART 182: (LAC area 3.a.)

Complete the following courses:

ART 185Neoclassic to Modern Art History


ART 231Painting I


ART 248Introduction to Art Education/Art for the Exceptional Child


ART 261Sculpture I


ART 265Jewelry


ART 271Introduction to Photography


ART 345Clinical Experience I: K-12 Art


ART 440Foundations of Art Education


ART 441Cultural Studies in the K-12 Curriculum


ART 442Curriculum and Instruction in Art: Studio Strategies


ART 445Clinical Experience II: K-12 Art


ART 466Visual Arts Student Teaching Seminar


Upper Division Art History

Take one 300 level or greater Art History course (3 credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

ART 253Intaglio Printmaking I


ART 254Relief Printmaking I


ART 308Workshop in Art

1 - 4

ART 356Monotypes


If ART 308 is chosen, it must be for 3 credits with a Printmaking variable title.

Choose one of the following courses:

ART 211Ceramic Design I


ART 212Wheel Throwing I


Choose one of the following courses:

ART 221Fiber Design I


ART 223Weaving


Concentration (6 credits)

A minimum of six semester credits at the 300-level or above must be completed in one of the following areas of concentration: art history, ceramics, computer graphics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photographic imaging, photographic communications, printmaking, or sculpture.

3. Required PTEP — 23 Credits

EDFE 110Application for Initial Admission to PTEP


EDFE 120Application for Full Admission to PTEP


EDFE 130Application for Student Teaching


EDF 366Conceptions of Schooling: Context and Process


Take EDFE 110 Initial PTEP Application (0) semester before or during ART 248 Introduction to Art Education /Art for the Exceptional Child (3)

Take EDFE 120 Full Admission to PTEP Application (0) semester before content methods

Take EDFE 130 Student Teaching Application (0) semester before student teaching

Choose one of the following courses, based on preferred teaching level:

PSY 347Educational Psychology for Elementary Teachers


PSY 349Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers


Complete the following courses:

EDFE 444Supervised Teaching

1 - 15

EDRD 340Developing Language and Literacy in the Content Areas


EDSE 433Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom



  • Candidates must pass the Praxis or Place test prior to Student Teaching.
  • Candidates may not take extra courses with Student Teaching without prior approval from the Program Coordinator and the STE Director.
  • All PTEP Field Experiences and methods courses need to be successfully completed prior to Student Teaching.
  • Student Teaching outside the supervision of UNC Faculty may or may not be approved.
  • Teacher Candidates will not be placed in a school where they were once students or where they have a close relative attending and/or working.

It is recommended that application for PTEP be made during the sophomore year, or after completing 30 semester hours of University coursework and no later than the first semester of the junior year. Application to PTEP requires the student to have declared a major in art. A copy of the requirements for admission to PTEP should be obtained from the art education advisor before making application for PTEP.

In addition to fulfilling program procedures and course requirements, an art education student must have and maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in Art and a 2.80 GPA for overall University coursework. Failure to do so may result in the recommendation to discontinue the art education emphasis.

Before receiving approval to student teach, an art education student must complete the Comprehensive Art Education PTEP review. The review is scheduled each semester of the academic year. Students are advised to complete the review at least one semester before the semester they plan to student teach. In order to take the comprehensive review, students must have completed the prerequisites and be currently enrolled in the art education emphasis.

The PTEP review will evaluate students on their knowledge and successful demonstration of: professional portfolio preparation of art work, mastery of media and techniques, the elements and principles of art, content in art work, art history and cultures, and verbal and written critical analysis. The PTEP review also assesses knowledge and successful demonstrating of art education pedagogy. All students preparing for the review should work closely with their advisor.

The PTEP committee will determine whether the student: satisfactorily passes the review and is approved to student teach; passes with stated conditions that must be met before gaining approval to student teach; or fails to pass the review. A student who fails the review will not be approved to student teach, but may apply for a second review the following semester. Failure to pass the review a second time will be considered grounds for terminating the students art teacher licensure program. The decision of the committee on a second review may be appealed.

Eligibility to student teach is based on the satisfactory completion of the Art Education PTEP review, required and elective art courses, required art education courses, PTEP courses, PLACE examination and exit or competency examinations as they pertain.

Art students who are not in the art education emphasis and are not seeking licensure, may enroll in art education courses to provide background for teaching art in the helping professions and other related areas, such as community art centers. Appropriate advising is recommended to plan a suitable course of study for a non-licensure program.