The B.F.A. program in Arts Education prepares graduates to be innovative artists, effective and engaging educators, and advocates of the arts in the schools and communities they serve.
Students get a double major from both the School of Education’s Department of Teaching and Leadership and The College of Visual and Performing Arts, allowing you to develop professional skills and curriculum strategies that are both arts-based and principle-centered, promoting community engaged scholarship and problem solving across disciplines. This program meets the academic requirements for New York State initial teacher certification in Visual Arts (all grades).
Because you will be a student in two different schools within Syracuse University, you will receive advising support, career services, and one-on-one mentoring from both the School of Education and the College of Visual and Performing Arts. You’ll work closely with our faculty of nationally recognized scholars, artists, and researchers in as you develop your professional identity and portfolio—with cutting-edge artistic practice, innovative art education pedagogies, and inclusive and socially responsible practices.
The program’s legacy is the work of a long list of innovative artists and educators. Our graduates are in K-12 schools, preschool, and community settings including:
As a student in the Arts Education program, you will combine studies in art studio, education methods, classroom practicums, and academic requirements from the liberal arts core. You will choose courses that make up a major in Studio Arts and liberal arts courses in close collaboration with your advisors, allowing you to tailor them to your personal and professional interests. Sample courses in your program may include:
Your first semester will include art foundation requirements, art studio courses, writing, and participation in the Professional Development School. More information on academic requirements available in the Syracuse University Course Catalog.
Note: A portfolio is required for admissions to the Arts Education B.F.A. program.