Any undergraduate student admitted to the School of the Arts and who has completed the Art Foundation Program (or the equivalent at another institution) is eligible to apply to the program. Visit for application instructions.


In order to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education degree, students are required to follow a sequential timeline of coursework, state required testing and to complete applications for teacher preparation, clinical internship, graduation and licensure. Students are also required to complete additional coursework. Please look at the Program Sequence for details on the timeline for coursework within the Art Education department.

Art Foundation + Portfolio Review:
All students are required to successfully complete all required coursework in the Art Foundation program before acceptance into the Department of Art Education.  Art Foundation students apply to the Department of Art Education through a visual portfolio and writing sample during their second semester in Art Foundation.

Orientation + Advising:
Accepted students are required to attend an orientation session during the Spring semester while they are still taking Art Foundation courses.  Students are assigned their academic adviser during this meeting.  Transfer students, second degree seeking students, double majors and change of major students are required to meet with the Administrative Director or Department Chair prior to beginning coursework in the Department of Art Education.

The name and contact information of the student’s adviser may be obtained from the Department of Art Education main office. Students are encouraged to meet with their adviser each semester during advising week and to check their email regularly for important information regarding advising.

Diversity Policy

The VCU School of the Arts believes that art is inclusive. Therefore, this diversity policy establishes that the School of the Arts accepts and welcomes all people by maintaining and celebrating diversity within our student body, faculty and staff. The School of the Arts provides equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination according to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, and sexual orientation in accord with University Policy. To support this policy and to stimulate understanding, the School of the Arts will establish forums to explore diversity in education, arts and design. We believe that to achieve educational excellence, we must value and practice inclusion.


© VCUarts Department of Art Education   Franklin Terrace   |   812 West Franklin Street, Box 843084, Richmond, VA 23284   |   804.828.7154