Course Requirements

Due to the nature of the program, the Art Education Major is only available to campus-based students.

Art Education Major - (90 credit hours)

The baccalaureate degree and traditional teacher licensure program prepares teacher candidates to teach art to students in preschool, elementary/primary, elementary/intermediate, middle school/junior high, and high school settings. In addition to general study courses, the P-12 Art Education major requires the completion of 90 credit hours, for a total of 131-133 credit hours.

Art Education - Required Education Core Courses

22 credit hours required; all courses listed.

Students are required to complete a one-hour guided observation in each of the following areas: preschool, kindergarten, elementary/primary, elementary/intermediate, middle school, high school, special education: elementary, special education: senior/junior/middle, and adult basic education classrooms.

Explores philosophical, ethical, historical, and social foundations of education as these approaches relate to educators as change agents in society. Addresses applications in the context of educational communities and emphasizes critical, reflective, values-based, and philosophic decisionmaking for the development of competent, caring, professionals. Includes an introduction to standards for professional practice and portfolio development.

Introduces study of the life-span development—an exploration of the biological, social and psychological changes that occur from the beginning of life to its end. Observation of children and adults is utilized.

Prepare teacher candidates to use instructional and information technologies to support teaching and learning, manage classroom activities, and enhance scholarship and professional growth. Through hands-on activities, students learn to design and implement technology-supported instruction, launch and maintain online resources, develop multimedia instructional materials, and use technology to communicate, solve problems, and engage in lifelong learning. Prerequisite: CS101.

Prepares teacher candidates to create learning environments that enhance the strengths and abilities of diverse learners, including students from various cultural, racial, ethnic, and social backgrounds; students with differing learning styles; students who are gifted/talented; and students with disabilities. Focuses on the development of teachers‘ attitudes toward diverse learners and skills in developing and using multiple instructional strategies and adaptations to ensure that all students learn.

Prepares teacher candidates to explore important and complex roles of teachers, other school and related personnel, primary family members, and their interactions. Accessing school services and personnel will be discussed. Designed to create an awareness of referral agencies and facilities concerned with education, health, and welfare of all students. Discussion will include basic school laws that affect all teachers in terms of contracts, school boards, school policies and procedures, discipline, and special education.

The study and application of psychological concepts as they apply to teaching and learning from childhood through adolescence. Topics include: learning theory; motivation; physical, emotional and sociological development; individual differences; intelligence; evaluations based on behavioral objectives; and types and uses of standardized tests. Prerequisite: ED 109 or PS 111.

Examines the role of education evaluation in guiding the learning of children and students from birth through high school, and the improvement of teaching. Includes development and implementation of developmentally and contextually appropriate diagnostic probes, review of various formal and informal assessments, and evaluation/ interpretation of data to understand and guide student outcomes and make curricular decisions. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program. Course fee applies.

Focuses on the development of routines, traditions, and physical and emotional security through application of behavior theories. Provides teacher candidates with the knowledge to determine needs of students. Emphasizes individuality of students and respect for culture, beliefs, and traditions of the family environment. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Art Education - Developmental Level and Content

55 credit hours required; all courses listed.

Introduction to the basic elements and principles of design and a wide range of problem-solving strategies in a variety of mediums. Focuses on two-dimensional space organization, principles of visual perception, color and the application of the visual variables. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Introduction to the principles, techniques, and materials of three-dimensional design. Focuses on the structural components of design in a variety of mediums, as well as with the conceptual and problem-solving exploration required in the creation of sculptural forms. Winter, every year.

Students learn basic drawing skills of perception and technical drawing skills of composition, foreshortening, sighting, use of grids, and drawing in perspective. this class also covers techniques such blending, shading, and crosshatching. Winter, every year.

Introduces students to industry-standard digital imaging software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary to create, edit and composite images. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Students learn about mixed media and color, as well as continue to develop their perceptual abilities. this course focuses on the development of basic painting skills while encouraging individual expression. Fall, every year. Prerequisites: AD110, AD121.

Surveys the history of art in the western world beginning with prehistoric and extending to twenty-first century art. This course concentrates on the artists, the philosophies and events that have molded contemporary art. Fall, even years.

Surveys the history of women's involvement in the visual arts and the ideologies that have shaped the production of art and representation for women. Identifies the major issues and specific historical conditions that have influenced the role of women in art history and the ideologies that affected their art production. Winter, odd years. Prerequisite: AD250.

Studies a conceptual approach to the design process in which the problem is viewed as a set of relationships that exist between the complex environment of the design artifact, the human user and the encompassing environments. The emphasis is placed on the human being as a processor of visual information in a complex visual environment. Additional emphasis is placed on mental maps, visual shape and color coding, environmental way finding systems, corporate identity sign systems, and advertising. Fall, every year.

Students continue to learn and refine drawing and painting skills learned in foundation courses. Emphasis will be placed on the students' exploration of their unique interests. Conceptual origins of the artistic process will be examined. This course examines drawing and painting as a conceptual tool. Spring, even years. Course fee. Prerequisite: AD221

An introduction to construction techniques, firing systems and the historical origins of functional ceramics. Course will be lecture, demonstration, and applications, including technical development. Introduces when thrown forms, glazing, oxidation firing, and sculptural concerns. Fall, odd years. Course fee.

Focuses on the psychology of children's development and expression, as well as the skills necessary to stimulate and guide their art activities accordingly. Investigates the history of art as it affects cultural and aesthetic awareness. Fall, every year.

Focuses on the philosophy of art education, as well as the methods and materials for teaching art at the secondary level. Winter, even years.

Introduces the discipline, function, and tradition of typography as it relates to visual communication. Includes how and when to use type, how to use the problem solving process to solve visual problems, the basics of symbol/logo design, promotional graphics, typographic history and theory. Provides a general understanding of the field of design, including theory, practice, and technology. Fall, every year. Prerequisites: AD110, AD121 or consent of instructor.

Examines a variety of approaches to 3D and 4D art forms including modeling, construction, and installation. Studies the relevance of time and space as it applies to communication of the art form. Fall, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite:AD353.

Organization of the senior high, junior high and middle school curriculum and general methods/techniques designed to promote individualized and interdisciplinary learning. Designed with emphasis on skill development in basic teaching strategies for these levels. Includes planning, individualized instruction, teaching techniques utilizing a variety of instructional media, classroom management and discipline. Included is an analysis of the teacher‘s legal and professional rights and responsibilities. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Studies physical, emotional, intellectual and moral development during adolescence; adjustment to change; peer, adult and institutional influences, relationships and pressure.

Art Education - Required Art Electives

8 credit hours required; choose from the following courses.

Presents the origins of traditional and contemporary visual communications and design, along with related concepts and processes. Studies significant and current designers, their philosophies and problem solving strategies, how design has been affected and shaped by industrial technology, art movements and the age of information. Winter, even years. Prerequisite: AD240 or consent of instructor.

Introduces students to industry-standard illustration software and layout and design software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary for print production. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Winter, every year. Course fee.

Studies the areas of human visual cognition relevant to the understanding of the parameters and constraints of the human visual information processing system, and necessary for the communication of effective visual designs. Study includes shape and symbol recognition, color memory, visual short term memory, visual long term memory, schema and past experience, culture and visual perception, and age as it relates to visual memory. Winter, even years. Prerequisite: AD260

Provides students with opportunities to explore career interests and options. Courses are individually designed to meet each student's needs. Arrangements are made with the faculty advisor and the director of interns.

Furthers the understanding of principles of graphic design, including structure typography, layout design, and color. Pagination, organization, structure, and grids for printed publication are also emphasized. Winter, every year. Course fee. Prerequisites: AD157, AD257, AD350

Introduces student to industry-standard web design software in order to develop the techniques and skills necessary to create functional and easily navigated websites. Applications of these skills are made in subjective and applied projects. Fall, every year. Course fee. Prerequisites: AD157, AD257 or consent of instructor.

Through the advanced study in graphic design, the student continues to apply the principles learned in previous courses to develop a total graphic product from concept to finish. Students use a variety of mediums to create promotional designs for a fictitious company product. Fall, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite: AD351.

This course simulates the operation of a professional design studio in which students work with real clients. Students are encouraged to solicit jobs for themselves during this class or may be assigned projects. Before the conclusion of this course, students are expected to individually present their professional portfolio to the Art & Design faculty, as well as participate in a senior exhibition required during the senior year prior to graduation. Winter, every year. Course fee. Prerequisites: AD450.

In this capstone class for the Studio Art Emphasis, seniors develop self-directed proposals, processes and artifacts under the guidance of the instructor. This concluding experience will result in a presentation, exhibition, and/or performance. Winter, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite: AD452.

Advanced study of a designated or selected topic serving the special needs of advanced students not covered in the regular courses. As needed.

Work experience with firm or agency directly related to the student's major area of study. The learning experience is structured within the College approved guidelines for the internship program. Through close supervision by the director of interns, faculty advisor and the worksite supervisor, the student works toward achieving goals outlined in the individual learning contract. Normally reserved for third and fourth year students. May be repeated with different topics.

Individually supervised advanced study of topics, meeting student's needs. The topic is in an area which benefits the student and increases her knowledge. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of credit. Course fees may be required for some art classes.

A study of how the media affects multiple aspects of our lives. Students will explore definitions of mass media, forms of mass communication, and societal, ethical, and legal issues that mass communication raises for the present and the future. Fall, every year.

Studies film history and creative techniques with an emphasis on the connections between film and culture, trends, and developments in US and world films. Satisfies English Education elective. Fall, odd years.

The course will examine the role of media in American history, including contemporary debates about the responsibilities and problems of journalism in a media-saturated society. Topics will include the role of media in shaping collective memory of historical events, public debates in politics and the public's understanding of social and cultural issues. Winter, odd years. Prerequisites: JM 101.

Provides students with opportunities to explore career interests and options. this course is individually designed to meet each student's needs. Arrangements are made with the faculty advisor and the director of interns.

Provides experience in the creation of video and audio production. Course will give a greater understanding of digital video and audio technology, as well as creative expression through this technology. Winter, even years.

Introduces student to the principles and basic skills of shooting photographs using digital SLR cameras. Digital editing basics will also be introduced. Application of these skills are made in subjective and applied assignments. Fall, every year. Course fee.

Provides a survey of the social, economic and marketing influences and responsibilities of advertising. Topics covered include an examination of media strategy and primary techniques used to execute effective advertising. Students will also learn how to plan and manage advertising. Winter, even years. Prerequisite: JM101

Provides students with the background, techniques, and a general experience with sequential art to convey information. Graphic storytelling, comics and animation will all be explored. Fall, even years. Prerequisites: JM 157, JM257.

Studio-based course that allows students to strengthen and create digital portfolios and resumes to market themselves on the job market. Projects include diversifying, improving and assembling media work in students' portfolios, practicing job interviewing skills and developing contacts,as well as address issues in self-employment. This course will conclude in a presentation or exhibition. Winter, every year.

Advanced study of a designated or selected topic serving the special needs of advanced students not covered in the regular courses. As needed.

Work experience with firm or agency directly related to the students' major area of study. The learning experience is structured within the College approved guidelines for the internship program. Through close supervision by the director of interns, faculty advisor and the worksite supervisor, the student works toward achieving goals outlined in the individual learning contract. Normally reserved for third and fourth year students. May be repeated with different topics.

Individually supervised advanced study of topics, meeting student's needs. the topic is in an area which benefits the student and increases her knowledge. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of credit. Course fees may be required.

Art Education - Field Experience I

Choose one of the following courses.

Requires sixty hours of guided teaching in a primary or intermediate elementary classroom to provide teacher candidates opportunities to relate principles and theories of education to actual classrooms and schools. Supervision provided by both the classroom teacher and the college supervisor. Prerequisites: ED 109 and ED 125.

Requires sixty hours of guided teaching in a middle school or junior high classroom to provide teacher candidates opportunities to relate principles and theories of education to actual classrooms and schools. Supervision provided by both the classroom teacher and the college supervisor. Prerequisite: ED109

Requires sixty hours of guided teaching in a high school classroom to provide teacher candidates opportunities to relate principles and theories of education to actual classrooms and schools. Supervision provided by both the classroom teacher and the college supervisor. Prerequisite: ED 109.

Art Education - Field Experience II

Choose one from the following courses.

Requires sixty hours of guided teaching in an elementary classroom to provide teacher candidates opportunities to relate principles and theories of education to actual classrooms and schools. Responsibilities include preparation of lesson plans and teaching materials. Supervision provided by both the classroom teacher and college supervisor.Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Teacher candidates complete sixty clock hours of guided teaching in middle school or junior high classrooms in their major area. Lesson plans and preparation of teaching materials required. Supervision provided by both the classroom teacher and the college supervisor. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Teacher candidates complete a total of sixty clock hours of guided teaching in high school classrooms in their major area. Lesson plans and preparation of teaching materials required. Supervision provided by both the classroom teacher and the college supervisor. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Art Education - Supervised Teaching

Choose one of the following courses.

Provides a capstone teaching experience in a kindergarten classroom. Teacher candidates complete eight (8) weeks of supervised teaching and are responsible for full-time planning and teaching for a minimum of three weeks late in the placement. Requires Education Department approval. Course fee applies.

Provides a capstone teaching experience in an elementary/primary (grades 1, 2, or 3) classroom. Teacher candidates complete eight (8) weeks of supervised teaching and are responsible for full-time planning and teaching for a minimum of three weeks late in the placement. Requires Education Department approval. Course fee applies.

Provides a capstone teaching experience in an elementary/intermediate (grades 4, 5, or 6) classroom. Teacher candidates complete eight (8) weeks of supervised teaching and are responsible for full-time planning and teaching for a minimum of three weeks late in the placement. Requires Education Department approval. Course fee applies.

Art Education - Supervised Teaching II

Choose on of the following courses.

Provides a capstone teaching experience in a middle school or junior high classroom. Teacher candidates complete eight (8) weeks of supervised teaching and are responsible for full-time planning and teaching for a minimum of three weeks late in the placement. Requires Education Department approval. Course fee applies.

Provides a capstone teaching experience in a high school classroom. Teacher candidates complete eight (8) weeks of supervised teaching and are responsible for full-time planning and teaching for a minimum of three weeks late in the placement. Requires Education Department approval. Course fee applies.

Art Education - Seminar

Required.

Seminar sessions include analysis of student teaching experiences, development and presentation of Proficient Portfolio, information about licensure requirements and procedures, and career development. Must be taken concurrently with Supervised Teaching. Requires Education Department approval. Course fee applies.