First-Year Preparation: Foundations

A minimum of 12 hours in foundations courses is required before a student may enroll in further studio classes for a B.F.A., B.A., or B.A.E. degree:

ART 101Drawing I3
ART 102Drawing II3
ART 103Art Concepts and Practice3
ART 104Art Principles and Practice3

Additional specified prerequisites must be completed before enrollment in advanced visual art studio courses.

The foundations enrollment should be followed for 2 semesters (18 hours each semester):

Foundations (12)
ART 101Drawing I3
ART 102Drawing II3
ART 103Art Concepts and Practice3
ART 104Art Principles and Practice3
English (6)
ENGL 101Composition3
ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing3
History of art (6)
HA 150History of Western Art: Ancient Through Medieval3
HA 151History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary3
Mathematics (6)
MATH 101College Algebra3
MATH 105Introduction to Topics in Mathematics3
Communication (3)
COMS 130Speaker-Audience Communication3
Psychology (3)
PSYC 104General Psychology3
Applied Behavioral Science (3)
ABSC 150Community Leadership3
 

Advising

Beginning with the first year, all students intending to become visual art education majors should be advised by faculty in the Department of Visual Art. Consult the department for assignment to an advisor.

Undergraduate Admission

Students who wish to teach art should seek admission to the School of the Arts by submitting a portfolio.  Applicants should also consult the Department of Visual Art for assignment of an advisor and requirement information. In the first 2 years, students enroll as art education majors in prerequisites. These prerequisites are necessary for admission to the VAE professional sequence in the junior year:

MATH 101College Algebra (or higher)3
PSYC 104General Psychology3
COMS 130Speaker-Audience Communication3
ENGL 101Composition3
ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing3
HA 150History of Western Art: Ancient Through Medieval3
HA 151History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary3
ART 101Drawing I3
ART 102Drawing II3
ART 103Art Concepts and Practice3
ART 104Art Principles and Practice3

Students must apply for admission to the professional sequence upon completing the first semester of the sophomore year. Transfer students with more than 45 hours must apply the first semester at KU. Students may not enroll in the professional sequence before formal approval by VAE. Admission to the professional sequence is based on the following minimum criteria:

  1. Cumulative grade-point average of 2.5.
  2. Grade-point average of 2.75 in required course work.
  3. Minimum scores on the Pre-Professional Skills Test of 172 on the writing test, 173 on the reading test, and 172 on the mathematics test.
  4. Successful completion of the application form (typed).
  5. Satisfactory faculty evaluations in the areas relevant to visual art education including art and history of art. Each applicant’s applied instructor must complete a special recommendation form.
  6. No grade lower than a C in any course in the professional education sequence.

Recommendation for Student Teaching and Internship

The capstone experience of student teaching and internship in art education requires a strong knowledge base particularly in certain content areas. Academic performance in content areas is a predictor of success in this capstone experience. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that students have a minimum grade of B– in all visual art education classes and an academic record with a grade-point average of at least 3.0 in the following areas: visual art education, the history of art, studio art, and education.

Note: Students must complete the student teaching experience with grades of C or higher.

Note: To be licensed as an art teacher in Kansas, a student must fill out an application, pay a fee, pass all 3 parts of the Pre-Professional Skills Test and the Professional Knowledge component of the National Teachers’ Examination, and complete other specified academic degree requirements. Information is available in 211 J.R. Pearson Hall.

Students who do not meet all criteria may be admitted to the professional sequence on a provisional basis and may enroll in a maximum of 5 credit hours of professional sequence courses during the first term of the junior year. Students assigned provisional status must complete all requirements by the end of that term. Candidates are reviewed for admission twice a year. The deadline for all applications is March 1 for fall or October 1 for spring, by 5 p.m. Submit applications to visual art education, 300 Art and Design Building. Students who are denied admission may reapply for the next deadline but must resubmit a complete application. Students who transfer into the program with more than 45 credit hours may be admitted to the professional sequence on a provisional basis but must complete this application by the first deadline that occurs during their residence at KU. They also must register for classes that fulfill any deficiencies they might have on arrival at KU.

On admission to the professional sequence, students enroll as visual art education majors (code AEPS-BAE) and identify their emphases in studio art. The emphasis must be one in which KU offers the B.F.A. Students must select appropriate courses in the emphasis in consultation with the visual art education advisor. Regular admission requires a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in the baccalaureate degree curriculum. Students with cumulative undergraduate grade-point averages of 2.75 may be admitted on probation.

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 (must have MATH 101 as prerequisite)3
Introduction to Topics in Mathematics
Matrix Algebra, Probability, and Statistics
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus I, Honors
Calculus II, Honors
Elementary Statistics
ENGL 101Composition3
(KU Core Goal 2.1, 1st unit, Written Communication)
ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing3
(KU Core Goal 2.1, 2nd unit, Written Communication))
COMS 130Speaker-Audience Communication3
(KU Core Goal 2.2 Oral Communication)
PSYC 104General Psychology3
(KU Core Goal 3S, Social Science)
Natural Science (KU Core Goal 3N, Natural Science) 3
Natural Science Lab (BA lab science list)1-2
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
(KU Core Goal 3H, Arts & Humanities)
ART 101 is a required course, BDS 103 only accpeted for students transferring into the program
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 only accpeted 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 only accpeted for students transferring into the program
ART 105Visual Art Seminar1
Studio Art (24)
Any courses with the following prefixes may be taken: ART, CER, EXM, METL, PNTG, PHMD, PRNT, SCUL, TD.
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)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)
Studio art study in 1 area selected from those offered for the BFA in Visual Art, Design, or History of Art (9). Must be taken at the 300+ level or above. (The selected area may be chosen using courses with one of the following prefixes: ADS, ART, DRWG, CER, EXM, HA, ILLU, INDD, METL, PNTG, PHMD, PRNT, SCUL, TD, or VISC. The following combinations of areas are also acceptable: DRWG and PNTG; ILLU and VISC; ART with any of the following: DRWG, PNTG, PRNT, SCUL, EXM, CER, TD, METL, PHMD. For questions, please consult with a visual art education 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 150 is a required course, HA 100 only accpeted for students transferring into the program
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: _____
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: _____
Art and Culture of Japan, Honors
Art and Culture of Korea, Honors
Chinese Painting, Honors
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 or 104 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy)13MATH 105 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy)3
HA 150 (Goal 3 Humanities)13HA 151 (History of Art)13
ART 101 (Art Foundations)13ART 102 (Art Foundations)13
ART 103 (Art Foundations)13ART 104 (Art Foundations)13
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 203, 209, 210, or 211 (Goal 1.1, Critical Thinking)3COMS 130 (Goal 2.2 Communication))3
PSYC 104 (Goal 3 Social Science)13Goal 3 Natural Science3
ELPS 250 (Goal 4.1 US Diversity, Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics)3Natural Science Lab (from approved lab list)1-2
Studio Course (PNTG, CER, METL, SCUL, TD, PHMD, EXM, or PRNT: 1/8)3Studio Course (PNTG, CER, METL, SCUL, TD, PHMD, EXM, or PRNT: 3/8)3
Studio Course (PNTG, CER, METL, SCUL, TD, PHMD, EXM, or PRNT: 2/8)3Studio Course (PNTG, CER, METL, SCUL, TD, PHMD, EXM, or PRNT: 4/8)3
Non-Western Art History (from approved approved list)320th Century Art History3
 18 16-17
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
C&T 235 (Goal 4.1 US Diversity, Education Course)3VAE 320 (Education Course)33
EPSY 306 (Education Course)23VAE 395 (Education Course)33
C&T 359 (Education Course)1Studio Course (PNTG, CER, METL, SCUL, TD, PHMD, EXM, or PRNT: 7/8)3
Studio Course (PNTG, CER, METL, SCUL, TD, PHMD, EXM, or PRNT: 5/8)3Area of Emphasis 300+ (Visual Art, Design or Art History)3
Studio Course (PNTG, CER, METL, SCUL, TD, PHMD, EXM, or PRNT: 6/8)3SPED 326 (Education Course) 3
Area of Emphasis 300+ (Visual Art, Design or Art History)3 
 16 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Studio Course (PNTG, CER, METL, SCUL, TD, PHMD, EXM, or PRNT: 8/8)3VAE 500 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity)39
Area of Emphasis 300+ (Visual Art, Design or Art History)3VAE 520 (Education Course)33
ELPS 537 (Education Course)23 
VAE 410 (Education Course)23 
VAE 420 (Education Course)23 
 15 12
Total Hours: 122-123
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, 102, 103, 104; HA 150, 151; MATH 101; ENGL 101; KU Core Goal 2.1 (choose from: ENGL 102, 201, 203, 209, 211, or HWC 110); and PSYC 104; (2) Earn a cumulative GPA ≥ 2.75 to be able to apply for the Professional Sequence.

2

VAE 410, and 420 are only offered in the fall semester. 

3

VAE 320, 520 and 395 are only offered in the spring semester.

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.