DRAFT 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 29, 2020  
DRAFT 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Art Education, B.S.

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Contact Information

Website: https://arts.kennesaw.edu/visual-arts/
Phone: (470) 578-6139

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science with a major in Art Education leads to teacher certification in grades pre-­kindergarten through 12 (P-­12). This program is based on the Comprehensive Arts Education model with a curriculum that includes study in studio, art history, aesthetics and art criticism. The art education program is aligned with the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Visual Arts Standards, the Georgia Performance Standards for Fine Arts Education, National Core Art Standards, and the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium. The program provides students with a broad foundation in general education, extensive study in art, professional education and field experiences. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Art Education program is separate from admission to Kennesaw State University. Students must meet the admission requirements to pursue this degree, outlined below.

Each program of study is a sequentially based curriculum beginning the first semester of the freshman year. Students who delay entering the major until completion of the General Education Core Curriculum may prolong their academic careers. Entrance Portfolio Study in visual arts studio courses may not be initiated until the student has been fully accepted by Kennesaw State University and the School of Art and Design as an art major or art interest major. All prospective art majors are required to complete an application form and submit a portfolio of their artwork.

Admission to degree programs in the School of Art and Design is contingent upon portfolio review and acceptance by the department. Portfolio submission and review must take place before a student can proceed beyond ART 1100 and ART 1150. See the School of Art and Design admission application, portfolio content requirements and portfolio review deadline dates on the KSU School of Art and Design website, www.kennesaw.edu/visual_arts. Applications and portfolios are sent to the College of the Arts Admissions and Enrollment Office.

Direct any additional questions about admission requirements to this office by calling 470-578-6614. Students who do not have portfolios or students whose portfolios are not accepted can begin their art studies as an art interest student. They may take introductory art courses based on available space and resubmit their portfolios for review.

Change of Degree Program 

Students who wish to change degree programs in art must reapply and gain admission status to the new degree program. 


The School of Art and Design holds the exclusive authority to determine appropriate admission level placement, credit evaluation of art courses in studio, art history, and art education. 

Continuation in Program 

All art students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.25 to remain in the program. Students falling below a 2.25 may have one semester to improve their GPA and continue; if they do not, they are permanently dismissed from the program. Students may not fall below a 2.25 twice; a second incidence will result in immediate and permanent dismissal from the program. BFA in Studio Art majors must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their concentration areas. Falling below a 3.0 in the concentration or making one grade of "F" in the concentration area will result in dismissal from the concentration. Students dismissed from two concentrations may not continue in the BFA program. BS in Art Education majors must have a 2.75 overall GPA in order to be admitted to the Teacher Training Program of the Bagwell College of Education and to remain in the degree program. Furthermore, two or more "D" or "F" grades after admission to teacher education will result in a review by the Admissions and Academic Standing Committee. For a complete list of other requirements for art education students, refer to Admission and Retention in Teacher Education under Bagwell College of Education in the Undergraduate Catalog. All students must make timely and reasonable progress toward the degree. Non-enrollment or withdrawal from all classes for two or more consecutive semesters will require reapplication to the School of Art and Design. 

Transfer Admission Requirements

Transfer students who with to transfer into the School of Art and Design from another institution follow the same admission procedure as all new students. Transfer credits for courses in studio art are evaluated by portfolio review. Certain courses that are equivalent to those in the foundation core with a grade of "C" or higher are accepted for transfer students from a USG accredited art program. Beyond these courses, other credit will be reviewed by area concentration faculty. 

Second Bachelor's Degree, Change of Major or Dual-Degree Admission Requirements

These applicants are also required to submit an entry portfolio. Direct any additional questions about admission requirements to the School of Art and Design office. 

Graduation Requirements

Each student is expected to meet the Academic Policies Graduation Policies and Procedures  outlined in the Academic Policies section of the Catalog.

Program of Study

General Education Core Curriculum (Areas A-E) (42 Credit Hours)

See listing of requirements.  

Art History

(All three are required by all art education majors for a total of 9 credit hours)

Senior Exhibition

Required of all Art Education Majors for graduation.

Program Total (125 Credit Hours)


1 The upper level studio courses are basic requirements. Art education students may elect to take additional course work in specific studio areas such as drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, and graphic communications. Additional studio work is highly recommended for students planning to do graduate study. 2 The senior seminar and exhibition must be arranged at least two semesters in advance. Contact the Art Gallery Office for specific details and for an application.  

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