Art/Art Education - B.F.A.

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Degree & Major: Art/Art Education - B.F.A.
College Name: Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
Department Name: Lamar Dodd School of Art
Jon Swindler
Undergraduate Coordinator
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Degree Requirements

College-wide Requirements

University-wide Requirements

Description: The B.F.A. in Art Education Program prepares art teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels to promote the central role of the visual arts in the lives of their students. The successful B.F.A. candidate will be able to demonstrate a professional knowledge of fundamental art concepts, materials, and teaching techniques.

Students are required to take 45 hours in art courses beyond the 18 that are required in Area VI of the core curriculum, including painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, a studio sequence, 9 hours of studio electives at the 3000/4000 level, 12 hours in Art Education, and 9 hours in Art History at the 3000/4000 level. In addition, they must take 18 hours in professional Education, including 9 in Student Teaching.

Career Opportunities: Students majoring in Art Education not only have the same opportunities as any art major, but also have additional opportunities in a wide range of teaching situations. Beginning salaries in Georgia average $34,442 and go beyond $45,000 depending on the county and the amount of supplement provided. The primary positions available are as art teachers at the elementary, middle and secondary levels in both private and public schools. As urban areas are most sought after, it is sometimes easier to find positions in the outlying areas. There are also some positions available in various institutions such as hospitals, day care centers, homes for the elderly, scout groups, camps, art centers, museums and church-related programs.
Special Requirements: The B.F.A. in Art Education requires 126 hours, which is six hours more than the University norm of 120 hours. The student must also be admitted to Teacher Education. A 2.0 GPA must be maintained to remain in the Teacher Education program. A C or better in all ARST, ARTS, ARHI, ARID, and ARGD courses in Area VI is required for graduation. A grade of B or better is required for all SPED courses.
Additional Fees: Some studio courses require additional fees to cover materials.
Scholarships: W. Robert Nix Art Education Award: To recognize and assist deserving Art Education students. The Awards are given during the academic term that the students are enrolled for student teaching.

The Kuzmicki-McCutchen Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who plan to major in art at the University of Georgia. Submission of portfolios, letters of recommendation and transcripts occurs in December. Contact the School of Art for details.

The Albert Christ-Janer and Lamar Dodd Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors in conjunction with the annual School Art Symposium for study the following year.

The scholarships listed below are open to any full-time student majoring in any area of the visual arts who has completed a minimum of one year of study in the School of Art. Preference is generally given to students who will be third- or fourth-year students but, in the final analysis, all factors are taken into consideration before a decision is reached. Applications will be screened by an appointed faculty committee which will have sole discretion in determining recipients of the awards. Recipients of scholarships may be required to participate in a group exhibition in the Visual Arts Gallery.

Mary Rosenblatt Scholarships: Established primarily to assist students who are planning a career in teaching; however, they are not limited to students majoring in art education.

Betty Cabin Scholarships: To assist worthy students majoring in any program of the school.

Vince Dooley Scholarships: To assist worthy students majoring in any program of the school.
Study Abroad: Opportunities for UGA Studies Abroad: Cortona, Italy.
Internships: Internships are available in area schools, art centers, and art museums for course credit.
Student Organizations: Student Chapter of the National Art Education Association
Contact: Dr. Lynn Sanders-Bustle,
Available Graduate Programs: M.A.Ed. (Masters of Art Education); Ph.D. Art (Emphasis in Art Education)