Why choose a degree in Visual Art Education?

The BAE in Visual Art Education is an interdisciplinary degree that provides students with the knowledge, skills, and experience to become licensed preK-12 art teachers or to teach in community settings. To prepare for the art education profession, students complete combination of coursework in visual art, education, and art education. The program culminates in a semester-long internship that gives students crucial experience in what it means to be an art educator. Here artistic and intellectual training is balanced with professional preparation leading to careers in arts education.

Undergraduate Admission

Admission to KU

All students applying for admission to KU must send high school and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Unless they are college transfer students with at least 24 hours of credit, prospective students must send ACT or SAT scores to the Office of Admissions. Prospective first-year students should be aware that KU has qualified admission requirements that all new first-year students must meet to be admitted. Consult the Office of Admissions for application deadlines and specific admission requirements.

Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for information about international admissions.

Students considering transferring to KU may see how their college-level course work will transfer on the Office of Admissions website.

Admission to the Major

Students who wish to major in visual art education should seek admission to the School of the Arts at the time of application, and submit an art portfolio to the Department of Visual Art. Prospective students should contact the Department of Visual Art for information about portfolio requirements and academic advising.

In the first three semesters of study, art education majors complete the following prerequisite courses, which are required for admission into the VAE professional sequence:

ART 101Drawing I3
ART 102Drawing II3
ART 103Art Concepts and Practice3
ART 104Art Principles and Practice3
HA 150History of Western Art: Ancient Through Medieval3
HA 151History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary3
MATH 101College Algebra (or higher)3
ENGL 101Composition3
KU Core 2.1, 2nd unit
PSYC 104General Psychology3

Admission to the VAE Professional Sequence

VAE majors must apply for admission to the VAE Professional Sequence during their sophomore year, and transfer students bringing in over 45 hours of credit must apply during their first semester at KU. The application packet should be obtained from the VAE Professional Sequence Coordinator and submitted by the due date indicated in the packet. Before applying, students must satisfy the following requirements: (1) Successfully complete all prerequisite courses, with a prerequisite GPA ≥ 2.75 and no prerequisite grade below C. (2) Earn a cumulative GPA ≥ 2.75.

Requirements for the B.A.E. Degree

General Studies in Liberal Arts and Sciences (25-26)
Critical Thinking (KU Core Goal 1.1, Critical Thinking) 3
MATH 101College Algebra3
(KU Core Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy)
Second Math (prerequisite MATH 101): Any MATH course numbered 105 or higher3
ENGL 101Composition3
(KU Core Goal 2.1, 1st unit, Written Communication)
A 2nd unit chosen from any course that fulfills the KU Core Goal 2.1, Written Communication requirement3
COMS 130Speaker-Audience Communication3
(KU Core Goal 2.2 Oral Communication)
PSYC 104General Psychology3
(KU Core Goal 3S, Social Science)
Natural Science + Natural Science Lab: ASTR 191 & ASTR 196; BIOL 100 & BIOL 102; BIOL 125; CHEM 110; GEOG 104 & GEOG 105; GEOG 140; GEOL 101 & GEOL 103; PHSX 114; PHSX 111 & 1164-5
(KU Core Goal 3N, Natural Science)
Teacher Education (40)
C&T 235Cultural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in K-12 Schools3
(KU Core Goal 4.1 Human Diversity)
ELPS 250Education and Society3
(KU Core Goal 5.1 Social Responsibility & Ethics)
EPSY 306Development and Learning of the Adolescent Fall Only3
SPED 326Teaching Exceptional Children and Youth in General Education3
C&T 359Literacy in the Content Areas1
VAE 320Instruction and Curriculum I Spring Only3
VAE 395Community Collaborations in Art Education Spring Only3
VAE 410Instruction and Curriculum II Fall Only3
VAE 420Artistic Media and Processes in Art Education Fall Only3
ELPS 537The Governance and Organization of Schools Fall Only3
VAE 520Instructional Technology in Art Education3
VAE 500Student Teaching Spring Only9
or VAE 599 Community Based Project in Art Education
(KU Core Goal 6, Analyzing & Combining Ideas)
Visual Art Foundations (13)
ART 101Drawing I3
or BDS 103 Drawing for Design
ART 101 is a required course; BDS 103 accepted for students transferring into the program
(KU Core Goal 3H, Arts & Humanities)
ART 102Drawing II3
ART 103Art Concepts and Practice Fall Only3
or BDS 101 Design Thinking and Making I
ART 103 is a required course, BDS 101 accepted for students transferring into the program
ART 104Art Principles and Practice Spring Only3
or BDS 102 Design Thinking and Making II
ART 104 is a required course; BDS 102 accepted for students transferring into the program
ART 105Visual Art Seminar (ART 105 is required for incoming freshmen and transfer students with less than 30 credit hours at KU)1
ART 105 is required for incoming freshmen and transfer students with less than 30 credit hours at KU
Studio Art (24)
Ceramics (ART 131 or any CER course)3
Expanded Media (ART 123 or any EXM course)3
Metalsmithing/Jewelry (ART 132 or any METL course)3
Painting (PNTG 263 or any PNTG course)3
Photography (any PHMD course or other photography course)3
Printmaking (ART 121 or any PRNT course)3
Sculpture (ART 122 or any SCUL course)3
Textiles (ART 133 or any TD course)3
Area of Emphasis (9)
Study in any 1 studio area as designated by the Department of Visual Art, or in History of Art, or in a Design area. Must be taken at the 300 level or above. Emphasis is chosen in consultation with advisor.9
History of Art (12)
HA 150History of Western Art: Ancient Through Medieval Fall Only3
or HA 100 Introduction to Western Art History
(KU Core Goal 4.2, Global & Cultural Awareness)
HA 151History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary Spring Only3
Non-Western History of Art3
Introduction to Asian Art
The Visual Arts of East Asia
Special Study in Asian Art Before 1900: _____
Special Study in Islamic Art, 14th-17th Century: _____
Modern and Contemporary African Art
Japanese Prints
Buddhist Art of Korea
Ceramics of Korea
Modern Korean Art and Culture
Art and Culture of Japan
Art and Culture of China
Art and Culture of Korea
West African Art
Modern and Contemporary Visual Arts of Japan
Special Study in African Art: _____
Special Study in Asian Art: _____
Islamic Art and Architecture in Africa
History of Japanese Buddhist Art
Special Study in Asian Art Before 1900: _____
Special Study in Islamic Art, 14th-17th Century: _____
Early Chinese Art
Chinese Sculpture
Chinese Painting
Japanese Prints
Buddhist Art of Korea
Ceramics of Korea
Central African Art
The Art of Buddhism
Japanese Sculpture
Modern and Contempoary Visual Arts of Japan
Japanese Artistic Encounters with Europe and the United States
Special Study in Asian Art: ______
West African Art
African Design
African Expressive Culture: _____
Contemporary (20th Century) History of Art3
Special Study in 20th/21st-Century Art: _____
Modern and Contemporary African Art
Modern Korean Art and Culture
History of Photography
Special Study in Modern Art: _____
Special Study in 20th/21st-Century Art: _____
Art Since 1945
Art From 1945 to the 1980s: Modernism to Post-Modernism
Contemporary Art
Modern Sculpture
History of Photography
Kansas Art, History, and Popular Culture
Modern and Contempoary Visual Arts of Japan
Additional Non-Licensure Option Elective (3)
Students completing the BAE Degree without licensure may also need to take an additional elective at the junior/senior level (3) in any area in order to meet the University’s minimum junior/senior hour requirement for degree completion.3

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BAE in Visual Art Education. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication, First Course, 2 Crs Required)13ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication, First Course, 2 Crs Required)13
MATH 101 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy)13MATH 105 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy)3
HA 150 (Goal 3 Humanities)1, 23HA 151 (History of Art)1, 33
ART 101 (Art Foundations)13ART 102 (Art Foundations)13
ART 103 (Art Foundations)1, 23ART 104 (Art Foundations)1, 33
ART 105 (Art Foundations)21 
 16 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 1.1, Critical Thinking3VAE 320 (Art Education Course)33
PSYC 104 (Goal 3 Social Science)13COMS 130 (Goal 2.2 Communication)3
ELPS 250 (Goal 4.1 US Diversity, Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics; Education Course)3Goal 3 Natural Science lecture + lab (from approved list)4-5
Studio Art Course (1 of each studio area; 1st of 8)3Studio Art Course (1 of each studio area; 3rd of 8)3
Studio Art Course (1 of each studio area; 2nd of 8)3Studio Art Course (1 of each studio area; 4th of 8)3
Non-Western History of Art (from approved list)3 
 18 16-17
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
VAE 410 (Art Education Course)23VAE 395 (Art Education Course)33
C&T 235 (Goal 4.1 US Diversity, Education Course)3Contemporary History of Art (from approved list)3
EPSY 306 (Education Course)23SPED 326 (Education Course)3
Studio Art Course (1 of each studio area; 5th of 8)3C&T 359 (Education Course)31
Area of Emphasis 300+ (Visual Art, Design or Art History; 1st of 3)3Studio Art Course (1 of each studio area; 6th of 8)3
 Area of Emphasis 300+ (Visual Art, Design or Art History; 2nd of 3)3
 15 16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
VAE 420 (Art Education Course)23VAE 500 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Art Education Internship)39
ELPS 537 (Education Course)23VAE 520 (Art Education Course)33
Studio Art Course (1 of each studio area; 7th of 8)3
(VAE 500 & VAE 520 taken concurrently; all other courses must be completed before this semester)
 
Studio Art Course (1 of each studio area; 8th of 8)3 
Area of Emphasis 300+ (Visual Art, Design or Art History; 3rd of 3)3 
 15 12
Total Hours: 123-124
1

Successful completion of the following prerequisite courses with a prerequisite GPA ≥ 2.75 and no prerequisite grade below a grade of C: ART 101, ART 102, ART 103, ART 104; HA 150, HA 151; MATH 101; ENGL 101; KU Core Goal 2.1; and PSYC 104; (2) Earn a cumulative GPA ≥ 2.75 to be able to apply for the Professional Sequence.

2

Only offered fall semesters. 

3

Only offered spring semesters.

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to complete 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.