Art Education, B.F.A.
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:
- 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.
- 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)
|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
- any CC-CMW courses
ARP – Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving (6-8 hours)
- any CC-ARP courses
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)
- any CC-GHS course
GSS – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 hours)
- any CC-GSS course
AIU – Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 hours)
Students must choose one course from:
CMS – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component1 (0-3 hours)
- any overlay or stand-alone CC-CMS course
INF – Information Literacy1 (0-3 hours)
- any overlay or stand-alone CC-INF course
VSR – Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility1 (0-3 hours)
- any overlay or stand-alone CC-VSR course
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:
|ARTE 525||Elementary Methods for K-12 Art Certification (*) 1||3|
|ARTE 525P||Elementary Methods for K-12 Art Certification Practicum (*) 1||1|
|ARTE 530||Art of Children (*)||3|
|ARTE 540||The School Art Program (*) 2||3|
|ARTE 540P||Practicum in Art Education (*) 2||1|
|ARTE 550||Incorporating Digital Media in Art Education (*)||3|
|ARTE 560||Secondary Methods for K-12 Art Certification 3||3|
|ARTE 560P||Secondary Methods for K-12 Art Certification Practicum (*) 3||1|
|ARTE 565||Field Experience Seminar (*) 4||3|
|ARTE 571||Directed Teaching in Art (*) 4||12|
|EDFI 300||Schools in Communities (*)||3|
|EDPY 401||Learners and the Diversity of Learning (*)||3|
|EDRD 500||Content Area Literacy PK-12 (*)||3|
|or EDEX 581||Teaching Reading in the Content Area to Adolescents with Reading Disabilities|
|Total Credit Hours||42|
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.
|ARTS 103||Fundamentals of Art||3|
|ARTS 104||3-Dimensional Design I||3|
|ARTS 111||Basic Drawing I||3|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Select a 200-400 level Photography course from the following:||4|
|Introduction to Photography|
|Advanced Black & White Photography|
|Select any four hour 200 or above level ARTS course||4|
|Four additional courses in Art History|
|ARTH 105||History of Western Art I||3|
|ARTH 106||History of Western Art II||3|
|ARTH- one course in contemporary Art History||3|
|Total Credit Hours||49|
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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.