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

Minimum required: 121 semester credit hours

Admission Requirement

  1. All students pursuing teacher certification must apply for, and meet admittance requirements for the Educator Preparation Program through 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 is required in this degree program including:
    1.  US 1100: Check with your Academic Advisor prior to enrolling in this course because it is not required of all students. 
    2. 42-credit hours in the General Education Core Curriculum. See the General Education Core Curriculum for requirements and options including Honors courses. See the Office of Educator Preparation for General Education Core Curriculum requirements that are unique to Teacher Certification.
    3. 60-credit hours in the School of Art and Design including courses in Art Foundation, Art History, Studio Art and Art Theory. 
    4. 18-credit hours in the College of Education and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction including Block and Student Teaching courses. 
  4. All graduation requirements must be met.
  5. In addition to the general graduation requirements listed in this catalog, the following graduation requirements must be met by students seeking teacher certification:
    1. Minimum 2.75 Overall GPA.
    2. Successful completion of Student Teaching courses EDST 4380 and EDST 4381.
    3. GPA of at least 2.50 in all assigned courses in the professional sequence and in the major(s) or teaching field(s) or concentration(s) with no grade below a "C" in these courses.
  6. Art Theory classes are sequential. These courses are rotated as follows
    1. Fall semester only: ARTT 2371, ARTT 4379 
    2. Spring semester only: ARTT 2372 ARTT 4378 
    3. Determined by enrollment: ARTT 3372, ARTT 3373, ARTT 4390, and ARTT 4391  
  7. To meet degree requirements in four years (of first declaring this major)
    1. Complete all required Art Foundation and Art Theory courses in the first year as listed in the curriculum plan below.  
    2. Complete a first level 2D and 3D Studio Art class in the third semester. 
  8. Choose a single area of Studio Art as an advanced level track and take the subsequent level each semester through level 4 or 5. 

    1. Attendance in summer is required any time before the final semester to complete hours that cannot be taken simultaneously with Student Teaching. 

    2. Only the Student Teaching courses, EDST 4380 and EDST 4381 will be taken in the final semester.

  9. All course work other than Student Teaching must be complete prior to EDST 4381 and EDST 4381.  
  10. 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 SemesterHoursSummerHours
ART 1301 (TCCN ARTS 1311)3ART 1303 (TCCN ARTS 2348)3ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050) [TCCN HUMA 1315]3
ARTS 1301 (TCCN ARTS 1316)3ARTT 23723POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070) [TCCN GOVT 2305]3
ARTT 23713ARTH 2301 (TCCN ARTS 1303)3 
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1301])3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1302])3 
US 110011Mathematics Component Code 0203 
 13 15 6
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHoursSummerHours
ARTT 33733ARTT 33723HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060) [TCCN HIST 1301]3
2D Studio Art23Studio Art Track 133ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094) [TCCN ENGL 2322, 2323, 2332, 2333, 2327 or 2328]3
3D Studio Art23ARTH 33013 
ARTH 2302 (TCCN ARTS 1304)3PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040 [TCCN PHIL 1301 or 2306])3 
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070) [TCCN GOVT 2306]3 
 15 15 6
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHoursSummerHours
ARTT 43793ARTT 43783HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060) [TCCN HIST 1302])3
Studio Art Track 233Studio Art Track 333Social & Behavioral Sciences 3 Component Code 0803
ARTT 43903ARTT 43913 
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303CI 33253 
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091 [TCCN SPCH 1311])3  
 15 12 6
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours 
CI 43433EDST 438023 
CI 43703EDST 438123 
RDG 33233  
Studio Art Track 433  
ARTT 40000  
 12 6 
Total Hours: 121

Course Options in the Major

Courses taken to meet 2D and 3D option determine which 2D or 3D tracks may be chosen.
Choose 1 course in 2D Studio Art from the following:
Expanded Media I (Will be used to meet one course requirement, as either a 2D Studio Art course or a 3D Studio Art course. It will not count in more than one area.)
Painting I
Photography Foundations I
Introduction to Printmaking: Screen and Relief
Choose 1 course in 3D Studio Art from the following:
Ceramics I
Metals I
Sculpture I
Choose 1 of the following Studio Art Tracks:
Ceramics Track:
Ceramics II
Ceramics III
Ceramics IV
Ceramics V
Expanded Media Track:
Expanded Media II
Expanded Media III
Expanded Media IV
Expanded Media V
Metals Track:
Metals II
Metals III
Metals IV (or ARTS 4341 Digitally Handmade for Artists and Designers)
Metals V
Painting Track:
Watercolor I
Painting II
Painting III
Painting IV
Photography Track:
Photography Foundations II
Introduction to Digital Photography
Drawing and Printmaking Track:
Drawing I
Introduction to Printmaking: Intaglio and Lithography
Intermediate Printmaking
Advanced Printmaking Level One
Sculpture Track:
Sculpture II
Sculpture III
Soft Sculpture
Sculpture IV
Sculpture V