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Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success

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2021-2022

Arts

School of the Arts

Concentration(s):
Art Education
Program description

The Department of Art Education supports instruction in art that encourages the construction of meaning. Faculty and students are actively involved with the Art World, education, and local and global communities through art-based service-learning, visual culture studies, critical thinking, exhibition, assessment, curriculum, critical theory, and emerging digital technologies (virtual and interactive). Through our own research and instruction we engage students and ourselves in traditional and non-traditional forms of inquiry.


The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Arts with a concentration in art education is an approved teacher preparation program that complies with the professional standards of the Virginia Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is further accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. All of these agencies assure the highest professional program standards.

Career opportunities

With emphasis on diverse approaches to artmaking and instructional practices, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Arts with a concentration in art education prepares highly capable and effective visual art educators.


The Bachelor of Fine Arts is an approved teacher preparation program that complies with state and national professional standards. The curriculum is further guided by the professional standards of the National Art Education Association. All of these agencies assure the highest professional program standards. Graduates of the program are eligible for teacher licensure in pre-kindergarten through grade 12.


Most art education students enter the teaching profession and teach art in either elementary, middle or high school. Others pursue further education to work as art consultants, art therapists, arts administrators, museum personnel, college instructors, and in other art-related business positions.

Change of major requirements

Completion of the Art Foundation Program is a prerequisite for entry into all fine art and design departments.

Students are required to submit their application and required portfolio here.


Typical application deadlines are November 1 (for spring applicants) and April 1 (for fall applicants).


Bachelor-level job titles
  • Art Museum Educator
  • Art Teacher
  • Artist
  • Creative Writer
  • Education Administrator
  • Program Manager/Director
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Art Director
  • Art Museum Educator
  • Director of Education
  • Nonprofit Director
Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • Quantitative Foundations requirement only
Science required
  • Core only
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • Transfer students and students currently attending VCU must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to be considered for departmental admission; however, there is a higher cumulative GPA requirement of 2.8 for departmental admission to teacher preparation. If a student’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.8, or if a faculty member raises concerns about a student’s professional disposition at any point, the student will be put on cautionary status. The chairperson will review students designated with cautionary status each semester to determine continuation in the program. Students will be notified if they are placed on cautionary status.
Department name:
Department of Art Education
Building/room location:
Franklin Terrace, Suite 200
Campus (where 75% of courses are taken):
Monroe park
Phone:
(804) 828-7154
Email:
https://arts.vcu.edu/arteducation/contact/

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Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Enroll in ARTE 310, ARTE 311, ARTE 250, and EDUS 301.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor to explore minors, certificates, and plan your required REAL experience.
  • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide.
  • Talk to professors about your research interests, electives, and strategies for success in your classes.
  • Explore innovation and business/non-profit creation classes with the da Vinci Center.
  • Apply for required teacher preparation on March 1.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Complete a gap analysis with your career advisor to identify key skills required for your professional field.
  • Seek out practical experience through independent skill-building, internships, shadowing, or part-time work.
  • Explore global career options with a career advisor to set goals for getting your dream job.
  • Organize examples of your academic and professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections in an ePortfolio.
  • Attend career and internship fairs and other professional development events.
  • Pursue a digital badge to highlight the knowledge, skills, and experiences employers and graduate schools value.
  • Consider volunteering with Investigation Now or other community opportunities.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Connect with alumni on VCULink for career advice, industry contacts, and meaningful professional relationships.
  • Take and pass the VCLA exam prior to spring semester to stay on track with the commonwealth's licensure requirements.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of professional interest.
  • Ask a faculty or staff member to be your academic and professional mentor and to provide future letters of recommendation.
  • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • See your academic and career advisors to discuss graduation progress and career planning.
  • Enhance your business, software, technology, and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
  • Enter teacher preparation and enroll in the practicum sequence of ARTE 401 and ARTE 402.
  • Build your best work via supportive critique in practicum-based, peer feedback groups.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Build language proficiency and cultural competence by carrying out your plans for study abroad, internships, and service-learning.
  • Get required REAL experience and effect community change by using iExcel’s Active Citizen’s Toolkit to vote and volunteer.
  • Explore new cultures at one of Richmond’s wide array of festivals.
  • Prepare for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams by showcasing your interpersonal skills on your resume.
  • Enroll in ARTE 450 Art for the Exceptional Student.
  • Teach in diverse classrooms through your practicum placements.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Apply for an internship with a community art space or art museum like the VMFA, Art 180, or the Visual Arts Center.
  • Make a plan with your academic, career, and faculty advisors for applying to graduate school or land a micro-internship.
  • Study for and complete any standardized exams required for graduate school the summer before senior year. 
  • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.

Excel
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor the semester before you graduate to ensure that all graduation requirements will be met.
  • Choose REAL electives to diversify your skillset and round out your degree.
  • Plan for meeting your student teaching requirement and apply to your clinical internship on September 1 for spring placement or February 1 for fall placement.
  • Be sure you complete TEDU 485 or TEDU 486, as well as ARTE 404, no later than your final semester so you meet your clinical internship requirement.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Carry out globally-oriented research projects with multilingual faculty and international partners.
  • Complete your clinical internship in a diverse school.
  • Reflect on your teaching experiences with diverse learners throughout your time in art education.
  • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
  • Master your answers to interview questions about your experience working with diverse populations.
  • Plan for how you will grow your cultural agility after graduation.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Complete a Emergency First Aid/CPR/AED certification course to meet teaching licensure requirements.
  • Prepare for graduation by making a plan to complete licensing exams, applications, and self-marketing activities.
  • Use your clinical internship to create professional your own teaching portfolio with lesson plans and learning artifacts.
  • Single out prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed by Career Services. 
  • Connect with the Office of VCU Alumni Relations at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and the VCULink Industry Network or alumni chapter.
Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
Major map compass icon [View Image]
2021-2022

Arts

School of the Arts

Concentration(s):
Art Education
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
ExperienceYear 2
  • Enroll in ARTE 310, ARTE 311, ARTE 250, and EDUS 301.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor to explore minors, certificates, and plan your required REAL experience.
  • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide.
  • Talk to professors about your research interests, electives, and strategies for success in your classes.
  • Explore innovation and business/non-profit creation classes with the da Vinci Center.
  • Apply for required teacher preparation on March 1.
  • Complete a gap analysis with your career advisor to identify key skills required for your professional field.
  • Seek out practical experience through independent skill-building, internships, shadowing, or part-time work.
  • Explore global career options with a career advisor to set goals for getting your dream job.
  • Organize examples of your academic and professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections in an ePortfolio.
  • Attend career and internship fairs and other professional development events.
  • Pursue a digital badge to highlight the knowledge, skills, and experiences employers and graduate schools value.
  • Consider volunteering with Investigation Now or other community opportunities.
  • Connect with alumni on VCULink for career advice, industry contacts, and meaningful professional relationships.
  • Take and pass the VCLA exam prior to spring semester to stay on track with the commonwealth's licensure requirements.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of professional interest.
  • Ask a faculty or staff member to be your academic and professional mentor and to provide future letters of recommendation.
  • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.
Year 3
  • See your academic and career advisors to discuss graduation progress and career planning.
  • Enhance your business, software, technology, and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
  • Enter teacher preparation and enroll in the practicum sequence of ARTE 401 and ARTE 402.
  • Build your best work via supportive critique in practicum-based, peer feedback groups.
  • Build language proficiency and cultural competence by carrying out your plans for study abroad, internships, and service-learning.
  • Get required REAL experience and effect community change by using iExcel’s Active Citizen’s Toolkit to vote and volunteer.
  • Explore new cultures at one of Richmond’s wide array of festivals.
  • Prepare for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams by showcasing your interpersonal skills on your resume.
  • Enroll in ARTE 450 Art for the Exceptional Student.
  • Teach in diverse classrooms through your practicum placements.
  • Apply for an internship with a community art space or art museum like the VMFA, Art 180, or the Visual Arts Center.
  • Make a plan with your academic, career, and faculty advisors for applying to graduate school or land a micro-internship.
  • Study for and complete any standardized exams required for graduate school the summer before senior year. 
  • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.
ExcelYear 4
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor the semester before you graduate to ensure that all graduation requirements will be met.
  • Choose REAL electives to diversify your skillset and round out your degree.
  • Plan for meeting your student teaching requirement and apply to your clinical internship on September 1 for spring placement or February 1 for fall placement.
  • Be sure you complete TEDU 485 or TEDU 486, as well as ARTE 404, no later than your final semester so you meet your clinical internship requirement.
  • Carry out globally-oriented research projects with multilingual faculty and international partners.
  • Complete your clinical internship in a diverse school.
  • Reflect on your teaching experiences with diverse learners throughout your time in art education.
  • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
  • Master your answers to interview questions about your experience working with diverse populations.
  • Plan for how you will grow your cultural agility after graduation.
  • Complete a Emergency First Aid/CPR/AED certification course to meet teaching licensure requirements.
  • Prepare for graduation by making a plan to complete licensing exams, applications, and self-marketing activities.
  • Use your clinical internship to create professional your own teaching portfolio with lesson plans and learning artifacts.
  • Single out prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed by Career Services. 
  • Connect with the Office of VCU Alumni Relations at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and the VCULink Industry Network or alumni chapter.
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