Department of Art
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education and Art Licensure: K-12
If you are inspired to teach, the Art Education program at Metropolitan State University of Denver offers two pathways to K-12 certification:
• The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education, including coursework leading to licensure
• A post-baccalaureate program for those who have already successfully completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Degree, including coursework leading to licensure.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art in Art Education requires the completion of 123-124 credit hours of study in the areas of studio art, art history, teacher education, and art education. The post-baccalaureate offers students with a B.F.A. from an accredited institution of higher education the opportunity to complete additional studies in the area of art education leading to K-12 licensure. Both programs prepare discerning and reflective professional educators for the professional field of teaching. Both pathways are NCATE and NASAD accredited.
Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Art Education program fuses a progressive 21st century approach in the discipline of Art Education with your development as an artist. Within the discipline of Art Education, students focus on generative, authentic, contextualized exploration where inquiry is driven by socially engaged research and contemporary art practices. You will learn how to apply issues and themes poetically, building curriculum to discover the possibilities of what it means to instruct through an idea versus about an idea. As a future artist-teacher, you will put into practice informed research while working in the K-12 classroom. Combining artistic practice, educational studies, and field experience as an educator, you will be prepared to bring about creative change in the world through the lives of your students.
Coursework for Post-Bachelor of Fine Arts K-12 Teacher Licensure for Art is available through the Department of Art for those with an existing Art degree. This option is for post-baccalaureate students with an existing BFA in Art. Students must meet with an art education advisor to determine whether additional coursework may be needed. There are additional requirements for teacher certification.
The BFA in Art Education shares the same goals as the BFA in Art for students to become critical, creative thinkers and makers. Art Educators are practicing artists and the degree in Art Education prepares discerning and reflective professional educators for the professional field of teaching K?12.
In the BFA in Art Education, as in the BFA in Art, instruction should prepare students to:
- make artworks that show evidence of intellectual inquiry and curiosity;
- convey ideas that are consistently reinforced through the execution of cohesive work(s) that are the result of the process of making;
- use effective and eloquent oral, written, and visual communication of enduring ideas.
Additionally, instruction in the Art Education degree should prepare students to:
- Successfully teach in an art classroom applying and testing principles and methods of diverse age appropriate instructional approaches and curriculum development that illustrates respect and professionalism for the field of teaching.
- Assess aptitudes, experiential backgrounds and interests of individuals and diverse groups of students, and devise learning experiences to meet assessed needs.
- Develop and present a professional portfolio of work including lesson plans, examples of student work and an art education philosophy statement that demonstrates current best practices in the field.
Portfolio Requirements and Admission
All students entering the Department of Art as majors are admitted under either the B.A. in Art or the B.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism. After completing the foundation courses and one other course in ART, CDES, or ARTH, those wishing to pursue the B.F.A. in Art, B.F.A. in Art Education, or the B.F.A. in Communication Design will be required to pass a formal portfolio review for admittance. Please click on the Portfolio Requirements link for more information.
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The Department of Art office is located in the Arts Building, room 187 on the Auraria Campus, Denver, Colorado, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Faculty and staff members are available by appointment or during scheduled walk-in hours—please call first.
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Be aware that some of our faculty advisors are only conducting phone or virtual appointments. Be sure to check your university email for any follow up regarding the mode in which your appointment will be conducted. Please contact the Department of Art office at 303-615-0300 if you need any assistance making an appointment.
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Rachael Delaney is an Associate Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver in the Area of Art Education. She has been teaching at the University since 2005 and has taught course work in various studio disciplines and art education. She earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MFA from SUNY New Paltz in Metalsmithing, and Licensure in Art Education in the Masters Program for Art Education at New York University.
Rachael began her career in education in 1998 at the K-12 level. She has taught in Boston, New York City, Seattle and Boulder. Her work as an artist, researcher and educator is directly influenced by her experiences in the classroom. She is interested in exploring the ways contemporary art reflects contemporary realities and the disruption of the customary through a collective experience that fosters engagement beyond appreciation. Her most recent body of work focuses on the collaborative and how learning through collective experiences can inform and broaden perceptions and constructions of meaning. Through her presentations both regionally and nationally Rachael provides an alternative framework for bringing contemporary art practices and works of art into the K-12 art classroom.
Please schedule appointments using our online scheduling tool in the Student Hub. Be aware that some of our faculty advisors are only conducting phone or virtual appointments. Be sure to check your university email for any follow up regarding the mode in which your appointment will be conducted. Please contact the Department of Art office at 303-615-0300 if you need any assistance making an appointment.
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Anne Thulson is Associate Professor of Art Education in the Department of Art at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her MFA is in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She directs the School of the Poetic City, a contemporary art camp for children in downtown Denver. She taught children at The Odyssey School in Denver and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO, as a National-Board-Certified teacher. She practices socially engaged art in Denver. Her expertise and research is in arts integration, local WPA murals, contemporary art education, assessing elusive acts of creativity, visual art standards, social justice art practices, the democratic classroom, Reggio Emilia documentation, and Expeditionary Learning art curriculum.
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