B.F.A. Teaching Certification Option

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

CIP 50.0702

ACCREDITED BY: National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Note: Certification requires a grade of B or better in one English composition course, math course, public speaking, and EDU 103 or equivalent course. Additional requirements for admission to teacher education and student teaching must be met. See advisor and/or Office of Teacher Education Services for details.

Total Curriculum Requirements1 .........................................128-130 hrs

University Studies Requirements........................................ 38-41 hrs

University Studies selections must include:
Global Awarness, Cultural Diversity and the World's Artistic Traditions
ART 212 Art from the Renaissance to the Present
Social and Self-Awareness and Responsible Citizenship:
PSY 180 General Psychology
University Studies Electives:
ART 211 Ancient and Medieval Art
ART 213 Art of Global Cultures
EDP 260 Psychology of Human Development
EDU 103 Issues and Practices of American Education

Core Courses..........................................................60 hrs
ART 100T Transitions
ART 101 Drawing I: Introduction to Drawing
ART 111 Two-dimensional Design
ART 112 Three-dimensional Design
ART 201 Drawing II: Life Drawing
ART 298 Mid-Degree Review Seminar1
ART 399 Professional Practices
ART 498 B.F.A. Practicum Exhibition
Three of the following:
ART 300 Drawing III
ART 330 Introduction to Painting I2
ART 350 Introduction to Graphic Design I: Digital Art
ART 379 Introduction to Printmaking I
ART 382 Introduction to Photography I
ART 393 Special Topics in 2-D
Three of the following:
ART 309 Introduction to Metalsmithing I
ART 310 Introduction to Furniture Design I
ART 360 Introduction to Sculpture I
ART 370 Introduction to Ceramics I
ART 394 Special Topics in 3-D


Five sequential courses from one of the following areas: ceramics, drawing, furniture design/woodworking, graphic design, metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture, with advisor approval.


one of the following:
ART 415 Greek & Roman Art
ART 416 Medieval Art
ART 418 Renaissance Art
ART 419 Baroque Art
one of the following:
ART 428 Nineteenth-Century Art
ART 429 Art from 1900 to 1960
ART 430 Contemporary Art, 1960 to the Present
one of the following:
ART 425 Art of Asia
ART 491 Special Problems in Art History
ART 501 Special Topics in Art History
or one course from: ART 415, 416, 418, 419, 428, 429, 430

Art Education P-12 Certification Option.......................32 hrs
ART 330 Introduction to Painting I2
ART 341 Fundamentals of Elementary School Art
ART 342 Fundamentals of Secondary School Art
EDU 403 Structure and Foundations of Education
ELE 421 Student Teaching Elementary P-5, IECE
SEC 420 Practicum in Secondary Schools3
SEC 421 Student Teaching in the Secondary School
EDU 422 Extended Praticum4
SED 300 Educating Students with Disabilities

1The baccalaureate degree is not awarded automatically upon completion of any required number of courses or units of credit. The progress and status of students in the program is regularly assessed through reviews. All students are required to register for ART 298 the semester after they complete 30 credit hours of ART courses. After passing ART 298, students may form a B.F.A. jury and track in the B.F.A. requirements. Students tracking in the B.F.A. with Enhanced Art History must include an art history faculty as a member of their jury. A final review, ART 498, is conducted by B.F.A. jury in conjunction with fulfilling the senior B.F.A. Practicum Exhibition requirement. B.F.A. students must maintain a 3.00 GPA in the area of their studio concentration.
2Students must choose ART 330 as part of the core for teaching certification.
3Must be taken two semesters before student teaching
4Must be taken one semester before student teaching

The requirements listed above are an example of what is applicable to most students entering Murray State University at the present time. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. The primary source is the Undergraduate Bulletin applicable at the time of the student enrollment.

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