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

Total Credit Hours138
Studio 60
  • CP 1010 Core Studio Practice I (3)
  • CP 1011 Core Studio Practice II (3)
  • CP 1010 Core Research Studio I (3)
  • CP 1010 Core Research Studio II (3)
  • CP 1030 SAIC Wired I (1.5) 
    or
    CP 1031 SAIC Wired II (1.5)
  • Sophomore Seminar (3)
  • Drawing (6)
  • Painting (3)
  • Printmedia (3)
  • Ceramics or Sculpture (3)
  • Studio electives—includes 12 credits of 3000-level or above (28.5)
 
Art History 18
  • ARTHI 1001 World Cultures/Civilizations: Pre-History to 19th Century Art & Architecture (3)
  • Art History Elective at 1000 level (3)
  • Art History Electives and/or Visual and Critical Studies—includes 6 credits global/comparative (12)
 
Liberal Arts 30
  • English (6)
    • ENGLISH 1001 First Year Seminar I (3)
    • ENGLISH 1005 First Year Seminar II (3)
  • Natural Science (6)
  • Math (3)
  • Social Science (6)
  • Humanities (6)
  • Liberal Arts Electives (3)
 
Professional Education 30
  • ARTED 3120 Histories, Theories & Philosophy American Public Education (3)
  • ARTED 3125 Doing Democracy (3)
  • ARTED 3211 Curriculum & Instruction (3)
  • ARTED 4100 Cultural Approaches to Production (3)
  • ARTED 4220 Psychological, Sociological, and Phenomenological Approaches to Teaching (3)
  • ARTED 4390 Fieldwork: Elementary and Secondary Experiences (3)
  • ARTED 4490 Apprentice Teaching (12)
 
  1. Teacher candidates must pass three Illinois Testing System tests to qualify:
    1. Visual Arts Content Area Test—taken and passed before pre-clinical fieldwork, and
    2. K–12 Assessment of Professional Teaching Test—taken and passed.
  2. Teacher candidates must complete a fingerprint background check before enrolling in the art education courses and again, before the beginning of student teaching.
  3. Teacher candidates must be United States citizens or intend to become United States citizens within 10 years.


Transfer Students

Total credits required for minimum residency 66
Minimum studio credit 30
Minimum professional education courses 30

Interested in learning more?

Visit the Department of Art Education website for information on the curriculum, faculty, and resources offered through the department.

Interested in learning more about how you can apply?

Visit the undergraduate admissions website or contact the undergraduate admissions office at 800.232.7242 or ugadmiss@saic.edu.