2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 12, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Arts Education, BFA (Not Admitting Students)

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*Note: The School of Education is not currently accepting applications for the Arts Education, BFA. Please consider the Studio Arts, BFA  or Studio Arts, BS. 

Arts Education Program Information


For Intra-University Transfers:
School of Education:
Office of Academic and Student Services, https://soe.syr.edu/students/academic-services/.  
College of Visual & Performing Arts:
200 Crouse College, 315-443-2517

Program Contacts

Sharon Dotger, Faculty Director of Teacher Education and Undergraduate Studies, 315-443-9138, sdotger@syr.edu
James H. Rolling, Jr., Department of Art, ComArt Building, 315-443-6779,  jrolling@syr.edu


Benjamin Dotger, Beth Ferri, Bong Gee Jang, James H. Rolling, Jr.

Program Description

The BFA in Arts Education emphasizes diverse creative processes as laboratories for the exploration of the materials and forms through which human beings have historically shaped enduring ideas, negotiated identity, and organized all that we know and value. The Arts Education program provides students with instruction in artistic systems for producing masterfully wrought forms, communicating cultural languages, and instigating social transformations. Students learn the basic skills for building curriculum and leading project-based learning engagements that champion the crucial function of creative practices in society. The program also prepares students by providing a solid ethical foundation, immersion in the principles of inclusion and the advantages of diversity, along with a thorough understanding of STEAM curriculum-making wherein traditional STEM subjects in education are activated by the Arts at the center. Emphasis on socially responsible approaches to artmaking and design, unconventional field placements and partners, and an interdisciplinary approach to the arts in relation to the humanities and sciences are woven throughout the program coursework.

This is a 124-credit degree intended to facilitate the overlap of two VPA academic majors-one rooted in studio production, and the other committed to inspiring and developing creativity in the next generation of artists, designers, communicators, and innovators. Students majoring in Arts Education must take the following requirements, specialized course electives, and are encouraged to study abroad for one semester.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire knowledge of each student, and demonstrate knowledge of student development and learning to promote achievement for all students
  2. Know the content they are responsible for teaching, and plan instruction that ensures growth and creative achievement for all students
  3. Implement instruction that engages and challenges all students to meet or exceed the learning standards
  4. Work with all students to create a dynamic learning environment that supports creative achievement and growth
  5. Use multiple measures to assess and document student growth, evaluate instructional effectiveness, and modify instruction
  6. Demonstrate professional responsibility and engage relevant stakeholders to maximize student growth, development, and learning
  7. Set informed goals and strive for continuous professional and creative growth

Program Requirements

Liberal Arts/Academic Requirements: 20 credits minimum

(*or liberal arts elective if language requirement met by successful completion of level 3 or higher of high school study, or other documented means)

Additional Studio Arts Major Requirements: 59 credits

Art History Requirements: 7 credits

(Also meets Art in Context requirements for the Studio Arts major)

Minimum credits for degree: 124

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