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. 
      1. To complete the minimum 120 hours required for this degree program, students who are not required to take US 1100  and who do not have credit for open elective hours, will need to make up that 1 hour of credit. Only students who are in a FTIC Cohort are required to take US 11001.
    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. 63-credit hours in the School of Art and Design including courses in Art Foundation, Art History, Studio Art and Art Theory. 
    4. The College of Education requires a Minor in Education for all students seeking certification in fine arts teaching fields. The Minor requires 21-hours including 6 hours in ARTT that count toward this requirement.
  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 as well as grades of “C” or better in all courses within the Major(s), Teaching Field(s), Certification area(s), and/or in the Education Minor.
    2. All course work other than Student Teaching (EDST 4380 and 4381) must be completed prior to EDST 4380 and EDST 4381.
    3. Successful completion of Student Teaching courses EDST 4380 and EDST 4381.
    4. 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 courses: ARTT 2371, ARTT 3372ARTT 4378
    2. Spring semester : ARTT 2372 ARTT 3373ARTT 4379
  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. 
    3. Choose a single area of Studio Art as an advanced level track and take one course in that area at the 3000 level and three additional courses at the 4000 level.
  8. Only the Student Teaching courses, EDST 4380 and EDST 4381  will be taken in the final semester.

    1. To complete hours that cannot be taken simultaneously with Student Teaching an additional 9 credits must be taken either in summer, in an additional fall or spring semester, or by taking 18 credits during three fall or spring semesters
  9. 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 
ART 1301 (TCCN ARTS 1311)3ART 1303 (TCCN ARTS 2348)3 
ARTS 1301 (TCCN ARTS 1316)3ARTT 23723 
ARTT 23713ARTH 2301 (TCCN ARTS 1303)3 
US 110011Mathematics Component Code 0203 
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1301])3Communication Component Code 0103 
Creative Arts Component Code 0502 [TCCN HUMA 1315] 23  
 16 15 
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHoursSummerHours
ARTT 33723ARTT 3373 (Substitutes for CI 3325)3ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094) [TCCN ENGL 2322, 2323, 2332, 2333, 2327 or 2328]3
2D Studio Art23Studio Art Track 133American History Component Code 0603
3D Studio Art23ARTH 33013POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2306])3
ARTH 2302 (TCCN ARTS 1304)3Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 0403 
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803 
 15 15 9
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours 
ARTT 4378 (Substitutes for CI 4332)3ARTT 43793 
Studio Art Track 233Studio Art Track 333 
ARTT Advanced Elective 3ARTS Elective3 
ARTS Elective3POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2305])3 
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303  
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091 [TCCN SPCH 1311])3  
 18 12 
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours 
CI 43703EDST 438043 
CI 43723EDST 438143 
RDG 33233  
Studio Art Track 433  
HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060) [TCCN HIST 1302)3  
 15 6 
Total Hours: 121

To complete the minimum 121 hours required for this degree, students who are not required to take US 1100 and who do not have credit for open elective hours, will need to make up that one hour of credit.


Studio Art courses that are taken to complete the 2D and 3D Studio Art requirements will determine options for the Studio Art track. See Course Options in the Major section below.


After completing 2D and 3D Studio Art classes, students will choose an area of Studio Art as a track and complete a total of 4 upper level courses in that specific area. See Course Options in the Major section below.


Only the Student Teaching courses EDST 4380 and EDST 4381 are allowed to be taken in the final semester; therefore, enrollment will be part-time.  Part time status may affect various forms of financial aid, scholarship awards and veteran's benefits. Contact appropriate offices for information ahead of time, and plan accordingly.

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:
Beginning Expanded Media
Beginning Painting (TCCN ARTS 2316)
Photography Foundations I (TCCN ARTS 2356)
Beginning Printmaking (TCCN ARTS 2333)
Choose 1 course in 3D Studio Art from the following:
Beginning Ceramics (TCCN ARTS 2346)
Beginning Metals (TCCN ARTS 2341)
Beginning Sculpture (TCCN ARTS 2326)
Choose 1 of the following Studio Art Tracks:
Ceramics Track:
Intermediate Ceramics
Advanced Ceramics (repeatable for credit)
Issues in Ceramics
Expanded Media Track:
Intermediate Expanded Media
Advanced Expanded Media (repeatable for credit)
Issues in Expanded Media (repeatable for credit)
Metals Track:
Intermediate Metals
Advanced Metals (repeatable for credit)
Digital Fabrication
Issues in Metals (repeatable for credit)
Painting Track:
Intermediate Painting
Advanced Painting (repeatable for credit)
Issues in Painting (repeatable for credit)
Photography Track:
Photography Foundations II
Introduction to Digital Photography
Drawing and Printmaking Track:
Beginning Drawing (TCCN ARTS 2323)
Intermediate Printmaking
Advanced Printmaking (repeatable for credit)
Issues in Printmaking (repeatable for credit)
Sculpture Track:
Intermediate Sculpture
Soft Sculpture
Advanced Sculpture (repeatable for credit)
Issues in Sculpture (repeatable for credit)
ARTT Advanced Elective:
Choose 1 from the following:
Pedagogy of Art Criticism, History & Aesthetics
Special Problems in Art Theory and Practice
Technology Applications in Art Education
Storying Identity in Art & Culture