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Bachelor of Art Education in Visual Art Education

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Undergraduate Admission

Students who wish to teach art should seek admission to the School of the Arts and consult the Department of Visual Art for assignment of an adviser and requirement information. In the first 2 years, students enroll as art education majors in prerequisites. These prerequisites are necessary for admission to the VAE professional sequence in the junior year:

  • MATH 101 Algebra (or higher) (3)
  • PSYC 104 General Psychology (3)
  • HSES 260 Personal and Community Health (3)
  • COMS 130 Speaker-Audience Communication (3)
  • ENGL 101 Composition (3)
  • ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing (3)
  • HA 150 Western Art History I: Ancient Through Medieval Art (3)
  • HA 151 Western Art History II: Renaissance to Contemporary Art (3)
  • ART 101 Drawing I (3)
  • ART 102 Drawing II (3)
  • ART 103 Art Concepts and Practice (3)
  • ART 104 Art Principles and Practice (3)

Students must apply for admission to the professional sequence upon completing the first semester of the sophomore year. Transfer students with more than 45 hours must apply the first semester at KU. Students may not enroll in the professional sequence before formal approval by VAE. Admission to the professional sequence is based on the following minimum criteria:

  1. Cumulative grade-point average of 2.5.
  2. Grade-point average of 2.75 in required course work.
  3. Minimum scores on the Pre-Professional Skills Test of 172 on the writing test, 173 on the reading test, and 172 on the mathematics test.
  4. Successful completion of the application form (typed).
  5. Satisfactory faculty evaluations in the areas relevant to visual art education including art and history of art. Each applicant’s applied instructor must complete a special recommendation form.
  6. No grade lower than a C in any course in the professional education sequence.

Recommendation for Student Teaching and Internship. The capstone experience of student teaching and internship in art education requires a strong knowledge base particularly in certain content areas. Academic performance in content areas is a predictor of success in this capstone experience. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that students have a minimum grade of B– in all visual art education classes and an academic record with a grade-point average of at least 3.0 in the following areas: visual art education, the history of art, studio art, and education.

Note: Students must complete the student teaching experience with grades of C or higher to continue with their internships.

Note: To be licensed as an art teacher in Kansas, a student must fill out an application, pay a fee, pass all 3 parts of the Pre-Professional Skills Test and the Professional Knowledge component of the National Teachers’ Examination, and complete other specified academic degree requirements. Information is available in 211 J.R. Pearson Hall.

Students who do not meet all criteria may be admitted to the professional sequence on a provisional basis and may enroll in a maximum of 5 credit hours of professional sequence courses during the first term of the junior year. Students assigned provisional status must complete all requirements by the end of that term. Candidates are reviewed for admission twice a year. The deadline for all applications is March 1 for fall or October 1 for spring, by 5 p.m. Submit applications to visual art education, 300 Art and Design Building. Students who are denied admission may reapply for the next deadline but must resubmit a complete application. Students who transfer into the program with more than 45 credit hours may be admitted to the professional sequence on a provisional basis but must complete this application by the first deadline that occurs during their residence at KU. They also must register for classes that fulfill any deficiencies they might have on arrival at KU.

On admission to the professional sequence, students enroll as visual art education majors (code AEPS-BAE) and identify their emphases in studio art. The emphasis must be one in which KU offers the B.F.A. Students must select appropriate courses in the emphasis in consultation with the visual art education adviser. To enter the final year of the extended program, the student must be admitted to Graduate Studies. Regular admission requires a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in the baccalaureate degree curriculum. Students with cumulative undergraduate grade-point averages of 2.75 may be admitted on probation.

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