Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Art Education

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) with an Emphasis in Art Education program prepares teacher candidates to become critical teachers of contemporary art and visual culture. 

You must meet the following criteria to gain admission to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) with an Emphasis in Art Education program:

  1. Admission to SAIC's undergraduate division
  2. Consultation and transcript analysis with the department's Licensure Specialist during the first semester of your sophomore year
  3. Submission of a departmental application during the first semester of junior year. Application packets are available at the Department of Art Education, Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 7th floor.
    • Application must be submitted by October 1 for admission the following spring semester.
    • Recommendation from a faculty member, using the form included with the application
    • A 500- to 1,000-word Statement of Purpose explaining why you want to teach
    • Portfolio of art work/cultural production: (10 images showing work you are currently most excited about; 10 images showing a range of media, and SAIC coursework) Please enclose an Image Description List, identifying the title, dimensions, media, and dates completed.
    • A 350- to 500-word Writing Sample that discusses the images you have included in your portfolio. Be sure to give the context in which the pieces were made and discuss the challenges and significant learning associated with various works. Include an analysis of references or influences, use of materials, processes, and common themes that relate to some or all of the works. Discuss social, political, or personal relevance as well as formal attributes of the work.
  4. Formal interview with Nicole Marroquin, Director of the BFA with an Emphasis in Art Education program to be completed prior to application deadlines
  5. Teacher candidates begin the art education program during the second semester of their junior year. The BFA with an Emphasis in Art Education program is usually completed within three semesters. Please refer to the BFAAE Program Guide‌ [PDF] for a comprehensive list of program requirements.

Note: Completion of art education program prerequisites does NOT guarantee admission to the teacher preparation program.

Here are the requirements you must meet to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Art Education (BFAAE) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Fieldwork Requirement

BFAAE candidates complete 90 hours of preclinical observations in diverse classroom settings. The preclinical observations are followed by 490 hours of student teaching in ARTED 4490 Apprentice Teaching, equal to 12 credits. Student teachers are placed in two Chicago public schools for 14 weeks and are supervised by SAIC faculty members and on-site cooperating teachers. Student teachers meet with faculty for a weekly seminar to review lesson plans, strategies, and experiences.

Teacher Licensure Requirements

SAIC’s BFAAE teacher preparation program is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. The BFAAE degree meets the current requirements for the State of Illinois K–12 Visual Arts Professional Educator License.

Although SAIC's teacher preparation coursework often meets the teacher licensure requirements for other states and countries, SAIC cannot guarantee that an Illinois Professional Educator License will be honored outside of Illinois.

In order to qualify for teacher licensure in the State of Illinois, teacher candidates must pass three ILTS tests. The three tests are:

1) ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency (or Illinois State Board of Education approved equivalent);

2) ILTS Visual Arts Content Area Test; and

3) ILTS Pre-K through 12 Assessment of Professional Teaching Test (APT).

In addition to passing the three required ILTS tests, candidates must also pass the edTPA Clinical Practice Assessment in order to qualify for teacher licensure in Illinois.

The State of Illinois testing and assessment requirements periodically change. As a result, candidates for Illinois licensure may be required to complete a different set of tests and/or assessments than those noted above.

Total Credit Hours 126
Studio 66
  • CP 1010 Core Studio Practice I (3)
  • CP 1011 Core Studio Practice II (3)
  • CP 1020 Core Research Studio I (3)
  • CP 1022 Core Research Studio II (3)
  • SOPHSEM 2900 (3)
  • PROFPRAC 3900: Curriculum & Instruction (3)
  • CAPSTONE 4900: Cultural Approaches to Production: Art Education (3)
  • Drawing (6)
  • Painting (3)
  • Printmedia (3)
  • Ceramics or Sculpture (3)
  • Studio electives—includes 12 credits of 3000-level or above (30)

     PROFPRAC and CAPSTONE are now required for new incoming students beginning in the 2015-16 academic year.

 
Art History 12
  • ARTHI 1001 World Cultures/Civilizations: Pre-History to 19th Century Art & Architecture (3)
  • Art History Elective at 1000 level (3)
  • Art History/Visual and Critical Studies (6)
 
Liberal Arts 30
  • ENGLISH 1001 First Year Seminar I (3)
  • ENGLISH 1005 First Year Seminar II (3)
  • Natural Science (3)
  • Math (3)
  • Social Sciences (6)
  • Humanities (6)
  • ARTED 3120 Histories, Theories & Philosophy of American Public Education (3)
  • ARTED 4220 Psychological, Sociological, and Phenomenological Approaches to Teaching (3)
 
Art Education 18
  • ARTED 3125 Doing Democracy (3)
  • ARTED 4390 Fieldwork: Elementary and Secondary Experiences (3)
  • ARTED 4490 Apprentice Teaching (12)
 



Transfer Students



Total credits required for minimum residency 66

Minimum Studio Credit Hours 12

Minimum Professional Education Credit Hours 30



BFAAE Degree Requirements and Specifications

 

1. Program Testing and Assessment Requirements

  • Candidates are required to take and pass the ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency (or Illinois State Board of Education approved equivalent) before enrolling in the teacher preparation sequence of classes.
  • Candidates are required to take and pass the ILTS Visual Arts Content Area Test before registering for ARTED 4490 Apprentice Teaching.
  • Candidates are required to take the ILTS Pre-K through 12 Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) Test during their senior year.
  • Candidates are also required to complete the edTPA Clinical Practice Assessment while enrolled in ARTED 4390 Fieldwork and ARTED 4490 Apprentice Teaching.

Please note: Teacher candidates are required to take the APT test and/or the edTPA assessment while enrolled in the BFAAE program. Passing scores on the APT test and edTPA assessment are required for the State of Illinois Professional Educator License, but not the conferral of the BFAAE degree.

Candidates who complete the degree requirements, but do not pass the APT test and/or edTPA assessment, will have the following qualifier posted on their transcript: ‘Candidate is not eligible for the State of Illinois Professional Educator License at this time’. The qualifier will be removed after the candidate meets all current State of Illinois Professional Educator License requirements.

2. Teacher candidates must complete a fingerprint based background check at the beginning of the first semester of teacher preparation coursework and before the beginning of student teaching coursework. If the results of the teacher candidate’s background check do not meet Chicago Public School district’s standards, the candidate will not be able to continue in the teacher preparation program.

3. Fees: Candidates are responsible for all fees related to testing, edTPA assessment or equivalent, and background checks. Candidates are also responsible for any TB tests, physical exams, etc. that may be required by school districts that the department is affiliated with.

The BFA with an Emphasis in Art Education meets the current requirements for the State of Illinois K–12 Visual Arts Professional Educator License. BFA with an Emphasis in Art Education graduates are informed and engaged artists, teachers, citizens, creators, and community activists.

With this degree, candidates enter the field ready to teach art in schools and to foster empowering and meaningful participation in democratic life for all of their students.

Critical Citizenship in Visual Culture

SAIC's teacher preparation program believes that the creation and critical analysis of visual culture is important for all students, and our teacher candidates will be prepared to use a range of media, including current technologies, to teach all students these skills. Please refer to our Conceptual Framework [PDF] for a complete description of the program’s mission and vision.

Interested in learning more?

Please refer to the BFA with an Emphasis in Art Education Program Guide for a comprehensive list of program requirements. Please complete the BFA with an Emphasis in Art Education Application [PDF]. 

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