Art Education, B.F.A.


Entrance Requirements

New freshmen who meet University admissions standards are eligible for admission to degree programs offered by the college. A student who wishes to enter the College of Arts and Sciences from another college on the Columbia campus must be in good standing and have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher. A student who wishes to enter the College of Arts and Sciences from another USC campus must fulfill one of the following requirements:

  1. Be in good standing, meet the admission requirements for a baccalaureate degree on the Columbia campus, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher.
  2. Be in good standing and have completed 30 semester hours with a GPA of 2.00 or higher on a USC campus.

Some programs in the College of Arts and Sciences have special admission requirements established by the department or committee that supervises the specific degree program, for example, Cardiovascular Technology, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Economics, Environmental Science, the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. These requirements are listed in the sections of this bulletin that describe department and special degree programs.

Degree Requirements (123-140 hours)

Requirements Credit Hours
1. Carolina Core 32-46
2. College Requirements 0-3
3. Program Requirements 42
4. Major Requirements 51

Founding Documents Requirement

All undergraduate students must take a 3-credit course or its equivalent with a passing grade in the subject areas of History, Political Science, or African American Studies that covers the founding documents including the United State Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation and one or more documents that are foundational to the African American Freedom struggle, and a minimum of five essays from the Federalist papers.  This course may count as a requirement in any part of the program of study including the Carolina Core, the major, minor or cognate, or as a general elective.  Courses that meet this requirement are listed here.

1. Carolina Core (32-46 hours)

CMW – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written (6 hours)

must be passed with a grade of C or higher​

ARP – Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving (6-8 hours) 

SCI – Scientific Literacy (8 hours)

  • Two 4-credit hour CC-SCI laboratory science courses

GFL – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language  (0-6 hours)

Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language equivalent to the minimal passing grade on the exit examination in the 122 course is required. Students can demonstrate this proficiency by successfully completing Phase II of the Proficiency Test or by successfully completing the 122 course, including the exit exam administered as part of that course.

It is strongly recommended that students continuing the study of a foreign language begin college-level study of that language in their first semester and continue in that language until their particular foreign language requirement is completed.

GHS – ​Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (3 hours) 

GSS – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 hours) 

AIU – Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 hours)

Students must choose one course from:

CMS – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component1 (0-3 hours)

INF – Information Literacy1 (0-3 hours)

VSR – Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility1 (0-3 hours)


Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements — Overlay-approved courses offer students the option of meeting two Carolina Core components in a single course. A maximum of two overlays is allowed. The total Carolina Core credit hours must add up to a minimum of 31 hours. At least one of these requirements must be satisfied by a course not applied elsewhere in general education. (3-9 Hours)

2. College Requirements (0-3 hours)

  • Foreign language course (0-3 hours) - only if needed to meet 122-level proficiency

3. Program Requirements (42 hours)

Supporting Courses (42 hours)

The following professional courses in education are required for all students preparing to teach art in K-12 settings:

Course Title Credits
ARTE 525Elementary Methods for K-12 Art Certification (*) 13
ARTE 525PElementary Methods for K-12 Art Certification Practicum (*) 11
ARTE 530Art of Children (*)3
ARTE 540The School Art Program (*) 23
ARTE 540PPracticum in Art Education (*) 21
ARTE 550Incorporating Digital Media in Art Education (*)3
ARTE 560Secondary Methods for K-12 Art Certification 33
ARTE 560PSecondary Methods for K-12 Art Certification Practicum (*) 31
ARTE 565Field Experience Seminar (*) 43
ARTE 571Directed Teaching in Art (*) 412
EDFI 300Schools in Communities (*)3
EDPY 401Learners and the Diversity of Learning (*)3
EDRD 500Content Area Literacy PK-12 (*)3
or EDEX 581 Teaching Reading in the Content Area to Adolescents with Reading Disabilities
Total Credit Hours42

ARTE 525 & ARTE 525P are corequisites.


ARTE 540 & ARTE 540P are corequisites.


ARTE 560 & ARTE 560P are corequisites.


Block courses: ARTE 571 and ARTE 565 are taken in the last year of study.

Cognate or Minor (0-18 hours)

This major does not require a cognate or minor.

An optional minor may be added to a student’s program of study. A minor is intended to develop a coherent basic preparation in a second area of study. Courses applied toward general education requirements cannot be counted toward the minor. No course may satisfy both major and minor requirements. All minor courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher. At least half of the courses in the minor must be completed in residence at the University. A list of minor programs of study can be found at Programs A-Z. An optional additional major may also be added to a student’s program of study. Additional majors must include all major courses as well as any prescribed courses noted (*) in the bulletin.  Prescribed courses noted in the bulletin may be shared with Carolina Core, College requirements, and Program requirements in the primary program.

A list of minor programs of study can be found at Programs A-Z.

4. Major Requirements (49 hours)

A minimum grade of C is required in all major courses.

Course Title Credits
ARTS 103Fundamentals of Art3
ARTS 1043-Dimensional Design I3
ARTS 111Basic Drawing I3
Select a 200-400 level Drawing course from the following:4
Introduction to Drawing
Figure Structure I
Figure Structure II
Intermediate Drawing I
Intermediate Drawing II
Advanced Drawing I
Advanced Drawing II
Select a 200 or above Painting course from the following:4
Introduction to Painting
Beginning Painting II
Intermediate Painting I
Intermediate Painting II
Advanced Painting I
Advanced Painting II
Visual Meaning
Workshop: Painting
Select a 200-400 level Printmaking course from the following:4
Introduction to Printmaking
Intermediate Printmaking I: Relief
Intermediate Printmaking II: Screen
Advanced Printmaking I: Intaglio
Advanced Printmaking II: Lithography
Select a 200-400 level Ceramics course from the following:4
Beginning Ceramics
Intermediate Ceramics I
Intermediate Ceramics II
Advanced Ceramics I
Advanced Ceramics II
Select a 200 or above Three-Dimensional Studies or Jewelry Making course from the following:4
Introduction to Three-Dimensional Studies
Introduction to Jewelry Making
Intermediate Three-Dimensional Studies I
Intermediate Three-Dimensional Studies II
Intermediate Jewelrymaking I
Intermediate Jewelrymaking II
Advanced Three-Dimensional Studies I
Advanced Three-Dimensional Studies II
Advanced Jewelrymaking I
Advanced Jewelrymaking II
Jewelrymaking I
Select a 200-400 level Photography course from the following:4
Introduction to Photography
Advanced Black & White Photography
Digital Photography
Photography Portfolio
Photography Exhibition
Select any four hour 200 or above level ARTS course4
Four additional courses in Art History
ARTH 105History of Western Art I3
ARTH 106History of Western Art II3
ARTH- one course in contemporary Art History3
Total Credit Hours49

Major Map

A major map is a layout of required courses in a given program of study, including critical courses and suggested course sequences to ensure a clear path to graduation.

Major maps are only a suggested or recommended sequence of courses required in a program of study. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance in the application of specific coursework to a program of study and course selection and planning for upcoming semesters.

Art Education, B.F.A.