The mission of the BFA program in Art Education is to prepare highly capable and effective future teachers of visual art. In order to become highly capable and effective visual art teachers, pre-service teachers need to: develop cultural literacy; learn to lead critical engagement with works of art; develop meaningful age-appropriate art-making processes; show relevant uses of technology in art education; and think and act like a professional educator.
The Art Education Program 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.
Click here to view the complete BFA curriculum requirements in the VCU Bulletin.