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The BFAAE (Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Art Education) program educates students to become teachers of art, design, and visual culture while continuing to strengthen their own artmaking practices. The SAIC Art Education community supports students in becoming engaged and reflective teacher artists whose pedagogical work fosters the emergence of more just and joyous individuals and societies.

The program fulfills requirements to become a licensed PK-12 Visual Arts teacher in the State of Illinois. SAIC's teacher preparation coursework contributes to (and may meet) the teacher licensure requirements for other states and countries. See the Teacher Licensure Disclosures information found at the link below.

BFAAE students have a high rate of securing well-paying teaching jobs upon graduation. (Starting pay for an art teacher in the Chicago Public Schools is $50,000+) The Art Education Department receives more requests for referrals of recent graduates than we can meet. Our graduates build art education careers in schools and other educational settings throughout the United States.

Sample BFAAE Student Agreement 2022

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Use the accordions (+) below to learn more about the BFAAE admissions requirements and curriculum.

Use the accordions (+) below to learn more about the undergraduate admissions requirements and curriculum.