Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Major in Studio Art (Teacher Certification in Art, Early Childhood Through Grade 12)

Minimum required: 121 semester credit hours

Admission Requirement

  1. All students pursuing teacher certification must apply and be accepted to the Office of Educator Preparation.

General Requirements

  1. This major requires a minimum three-year residency at Texas State.
  2. After successful completion of this degree program and earning passing scores on the required certification exams, graduates may apply to the Texas Education Agency for All Level Teacher Certification in Art, grades EC-12.
  3. A minimum of 121 semester credit hours are required in this degree program including:
    a) US 1100 - not required for all students. Check with your Academic Advisor prior to enrolling in this course.
    b) 42 hours in the general education core curriculum. The General Education Core Curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the Office of Educator Preparation for general education core curriculum requirements that are unique to Teacher Certification including course requirements and minimum grade requirements for specific courses.
    c) 60 hours in Art
    d) 18 hours in the Teacher Certification area including the Block and Student Teaching.
  4. All graduation requirements must be met.
  5. In addition to the other graduation requirements listed in this catalog, the following graduation requirements must be met by students seeking teacher certification:
    a) an Overall GPA of at least 2.75.
    b) Successful completion of Student Teaching courses EDST 4380 and EDST 4381.
    c) A GPA of at least 2.50 in all assigned courses in the professional sequence and in the teaching field(s) or concentration(s) with no grade below a "C" in these courses.
  6. All course requirements must be met.
  7. All prerequisites must be met. 
  8. All Teacher Certification requirements must be met.  See the Office of Educator Preparation for requirements.
  9. Art Theory classes are sequential. With the exception of ARTT 2371, these courses are rotated as follows:
    a) Fall semester only:  ARTT 3372, ARTT 4375
    b) Spring semester only: ARTT 2372, ARTT 3373, ARTT 4377
  10. To meet degree requirements in four years:
    a) Enroll in ARTT 2371 during the first freshman semester and then enroll in the next sequential ARTT class each subsequent semester.
    b) Complete all required Art Foundations courses in the freshman year, as listed.
    c) Twelve hours are recommended during a summer prior to senior year to complete hours that cannot be taken simultaneously with Student Teaching.
    d) Only the Student Teaching courses, EDST 4380 and EDST 4381 will be taken in the final semester.
  11. All course work other than Student Teaching must be complete prior to EDST 4380 and EDST 4381.
  12. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires multiple background checks for progression through the Educator Preparation Program. Based on information recorded in your criminal history, you may be ineligible for issuance of a teaching certificate upon completion of the Educator Preparation Program. If you have a criminal history, you may obtain a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation from TEA. For more information, go to:

Course Requirements

Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours 
ARTF 13013ARTF 13033 
ARTF 13023ARTT 23723 
ARTT 23713ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3 
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3Mathematics Component Code 0203 
US 110011ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3 
 13 15 
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHoursSummerHours
ARTH 23013ARTT 337332D Studio Art3
ARTT 33723ARTH 230233D Studio Art3
HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)33D Studio Art3Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
2D Studio Art3PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3 
 15 15 12
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours 
ARTT 43753ARTS 40000 
ARTH 33013ARTT 43773 
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3ARTS or ARTT Advanced Electives6 
2D Studio Art3CI 33253 
3D Studio Art3HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3 
 15 15 
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours 
CI 43433EDST 438023 
CI 43703EDST 438123 
RDG 33233  
Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803  
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3  
 15 6 
Total Hours: 121

Course Options in the Major

Choose 3 courses in 2D Studio Art from the following:
Expanded Media I
Drawing I
Painting I
Foundations of Photography I
Introduction to Printmaking: Screen and Relief
Watercolor I
Introduction to Communication Design 3
Imaging I 3
Choose 3 courses in 3D Studio Art from the following:
Expanded Media I
Ceramics I
Metals I
Sculpture I
Soft Sculpture