Art Education Major

Art Education Majors at Bradley University gain hands-on experience as they complete a studio major as well as the education requirements leading to teacher certification. This major encourages the understanding of the arts and other forms of visual culture, policy, and education for all students through a curriculum that is research-based, interdisciplinary, and intent on collaboration with communities within the University, state, nation, and world.

Art History Core Requirements - 6 hours

These are the Art History requirements for all students within the Studio Art major.

  • ART 140 - Survey of Art History I
  • ART 142 - Survey of Art History II

Studio Core Requirements - 19 hours

These are the Studio Art requirements for all students within the Studio Art major.

  • ART 101 - Drawing I
  • ART 102 - Drawing II
  • ART 105 - Two-Dimensional Design
  • ART 106 - Three-Dimensional Design
  • ART 220 - Professional Lecture Series/Studio Visits I
  • ART 221 - Professional Lecture Series/Studio Visits II
  • ART 230 - Life Drawing
  • IM 113 - Introduction to Interactive Media

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a Major in Studio Art

Art History Electives - 9 hours

The following are the elective Art History courses for the Bachelor of Fine Arts. A additional 9 hours of Art History are required for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.

In place of an art history elective, students with a photography concentration are required to take ART 390 History of Photography and students with a graphic design concentration are required to take ART 240, Design History Survey.

  • ART 240 - Design History Survey
  • ART 243 - Non-Western Art
  • ART 245 - American Art
  • ART 330 - Ancient Greek and Roman Art
  • ART 335 - Medieval Art
  • ART 340 - Renaissance Art
  • ART 350 - 17th and 18th Century Art
  • ART 360 - 19th Century Art
  • ART 375 - 20th Century Art
  • ART 390 - History of Photography
  • ART 480 - Seminar in Art History

Area of Concentration - 18 hours

Six studio courses in one of the following areas of concentration: ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture.

Students within the Graphic Design and Photography concentrations are required to take a total of 21 hours in concentration courses.

Required Studio Courses - 15 hours

Five courses from areas other than the student’s concentration area, including at least one from the 2-D areas and at least one from the 3-D areas.

Studio Electives - 15 hours

Students within the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree are required to take an additional 15 hours of elective Art credits from any field of study.

For Graphic Design and Photography students, the required number of hours is reduced to 12 hours due to the 21 required Studio Art hours.

Professional Orientation/Seminar Courses - 3 hours

  • ART 420 - BFA Seminar I
  • ART 421 - BFA Seminar II

Bachelor of Arts Degree or Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Studio Art

Art History Electives - 6 hours

The following are the elective Art History courses for the Bachelor of Arts or Science. A additional 6 hours of Art History are required for the Bachelor of Arts or Science Degree.

In place of an art history elective, students with a photography concentration are required to take ART 390 History of Photography and students with a graphic design concentration are required to take ART 240, Design History Survey.

  • ART 240 - Design History Survey
  • ART 243 - Non-Western Art
  • ART 245 - American Art
  • ART 330 - Ancient Greek and Roman Art
  • ART 335 - Medieval Art
  • ART 340 - Renaissance Art
  • ART 350 - 17th and 18th Century Art
  • ART 360 - 19th Century Art
  • ART 375 - 20th Century Art
  • ART 390 - History of Photography

Area of Concentration - 18 hours

Six courses in one of the following areas of concentration: ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture.

Students within the Photography concentration must take all of the classes listed under the concentration.

Studio Electives - 9 hours

Courses from areas other than the student’s concentration area, including at least one from the 2-D areas and at least one from the 3-D areas.

Teacher Certification

Teaching in the public schools requires a certificate issued by the State of Illinois. Art education majors desiring to teach art at the elementary or secondary level must complete the same requirements as those for a BA or BS degree with a major in studio art, as well as professional education requirements. (Consult the Teacher Education section of this catalog.) The State of Illinois requires content area competency tests for certification. Students will be assigned advisors in art and in the Department of Teacher Education. Regular consultation with both advisors is extremely important. NOTE: This degree requires more than 124 semester hours to complete. It is also possible to earn a BFA degree with teacher certification. However, both options will require more than four years of study.

TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED: 118