The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Undergrad Advising Details

The Bachelor of Science in Art Education is a professional degree that enables students to teach in Pre-K-12 classrooms and other educational sites. Our nationally and internationally renowned faculty guide students to think differently, create purposefully, and engage meaningfully within communities of learning.

The degree program includes field experiences on and around the Penn State University Park campus and culminates in a semester-long student teaching experience in the Pittsburgh public schools. These experiences afford our students a wide range of educational opportunities with learners from diverse communities.

Students graduating from this degree program are eligible to apply for a Pennsylvania teaching certification license. Employment opportunities also include art museums and galleries, cultural agencies, digital environments, and community art programs.

COURSE TOPICS

Introduction to Art Education

History and Philosophy of Art Education

Studio Art Experiences

Diversity, Pedagogy, Visual Culture, and Educational Technologies

Real World Teaching Experiences

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND DOCUMENTS

Additional Resources:

Undergraduate advising handbook

Recommended Academic Plan

Entrance to Major Requirements

PAPA Test

Testing Requirements for Teacher Certification Programs

Documents:

Education Work Experience Form

80 Hours Essay

Controlled Course Registration Form

Art Education Independent Study Contract

Student Teaching Application

Registrar Forms

SoVA offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art. Areas of studio concentration include drawing and painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, new media, and printmaking.

As cultures and communities adapt to changing times, the careers that creative people pursue continue to grow and expand. Within broad career fields of visual arts and design, cultural participation, visual communication, digital media, community involvement, education, and entertainment, there is an increasing need for individuals with the capacity to think visually, problem-solve, innovate, and otherwise apply their creative skills and aptitudes in an array of occupations.

SoVA offers students mentoring and professional guidance in career preparation during their degree.

COURSE TOPICS

  • Foundations courses across media

  • Conceptual and technical exploration

  • Exhibition and critique

  • Independent studio research

  • Digital art and design fabrication

  • Online experiences in digital studio

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND DOCUMENTS

Additional Resources:

Undergraduate advising handbook

Recommended Academic Plan: 

http://artsandarchitecture.psu.edu/students/current/academic_plans/art%28ARTBA%29

http://artsandarchitecture.psu.edu/node/382

Entrance to Major Requirements

Documents:

Controlled Course Registration Form

Registrar Forms

Independent Study Contract

Internship Contract

BFA Application

SoVA offers a Bachelor of Design (B.Des) in Interdisciplinary Digital Studio (iDS). iDS is a highly selective professional degree program.

Faculty guide and support students’ creativity and curiosity in digital art and design. Skills in visual thinking, computer programming, and graphic communication are fostered in a climate of invention and collaboration. Students explore digital media in studies of technology, theory, and culture.

The iDS program is designed to meet the technical, creative, and intellectual needs of students who decide to pursue careers in digital art and design. Professional opportunities open to iDS graduates include all areas of new imaging technologies, such as web-based design and communications, entertainment arts, marketing, 3-D modeling and animation, interface design, video and motion graphics, interactive media, and game development. SoVA offers students mentoring and professional guidance in career preparation during their degree.

COURSE TOPICS

Foundations courses across media

Introduction to emerging technologies

Interdisciplinary studio exploration and research

Digital design and fabrication

Capstone thesis projects

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND DOCUMENTS

Additional Resources:

Undergraduate advising handbook

Recommended Academic Plan

Entrance to Major Requirements

Documents:

Controlled Course Registration Form

Registrar Forms

Independent Study Contract

Internship Contract

IDS Application