The programs place emphasis on teaching and learning strategies that are based on interdisciplinary and cross-curricula approaches to education which integrate art production, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics with other subject fields. Experiences in the Art History courses provide opportunities to become familiar with art forms created in a wide range of cultures and eras, while experiences in the studio courses enable candidates to develop their subject content knowledge further by undertaking a wide range of two and three-dimensional creative problem-solving experiences in art, with opportunities to specialize in areas of preference. The art education facilities include both Mac and PC computers, and a Smart Board that allows for digital presentations. Faculty members in Art Education are experienced, capable of providing a wealth of relevant knowledge about contemporary art teaching issues, approaches and concerns, and they can assist candidates to prepare thoroughly for the career of their choice.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program map, which provides a guide for students to plan their course of study, is available for download in the Courses tab below.

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  • Overview

    UWG offers two programs in Art Education that lead to teaching certification T-4 (K-12): the B.F.A. in Art Education is designed for undergraduate candidates, while the Post-Baccalaureate Initial Certification in Art is designed for candidates holding an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. Both programs focus on providing quality education, instruction, and guidance to assist art teaching candidates in professional preparation programs to become highly effective and efficient art teachers. Emphasis is placed on providing an awareness of traditional and contemporary approaches to teaching art and for methods of developing meaningful, cohesive art curricula applicable to children of all ages, aptitudes, and abilities. The programs place emphasis on teaching and learning strategies that are based on interdisciplinary and cross-curricula approaches to education, which integrate art production, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics with other subject fields.

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    Method of Delivery

    Face to Face

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).

    Credit and transfer

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  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Courses

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    ART3270 or ART 3275
    Another ART History 3000 or above (3 hours)

    • ART-1006 - Design I (2D)

      An introductory course dealing with the elements and principles of composition as they relate to the two-dimensional areas of the visual arts. For advising purposes, the Department of Art recommends that students take Design I (ART 1006) in conjunction with Drawing I (ART 1007).

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    • ART-1007 - Drawing I

      Introduction to drawing using various media and dealing with landscapes, still-life, one- and two-point perspective, and the figure. Both clothed and nude models may be used. For advising purposes, the Department of Art recommends that students take Design I (ART 1006) in conjunction with Drawing I (ART 1007).

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    • ART-1008 - Drawing II

      Drawing from the live model, both nude and clothed, focusing upon correct proportions and anatomy. A variety of drawing media will be used. For advising purposes, the Department of Art recommends that students take Design II (ART 1008) in conjunction with Drawing II (ART 1009).

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    • ART-1009 - Design II (3D)

      An introductory course dealing with the elements and principles of composition as they relate to the three-dimensional areas of the visual arts. For advising purposes the Department of Art recommends that students take Design II (ART 1008) in conjunction with Drawing II (ART 1009).

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    • ART-3270 - Pre-World War II Modernism

      Lecture-based course on the art and architecture of the pre-World War II period, exploring the concepts and formal characteristics of 'modernism' in Western art.

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    • ART-3301 - Beginning Ceramics

      This is a creative problem solving fine art studio course designed to serve as an introduction to the historical precedents, theories, processes and materials utilized in the realization and production of Contemporary Ceramic art. Emphasis will be placed on developing a variety of hand-building techniques and attaining a basic understanding of claybody composition and properties. Also included will be an introduction to slips, glazes, and firing techniques. In addition, this class will focus on developing content, and learning about artists (both ceramic artists and artists working in other media) of both past and present. We will consider Ceramics in a variety of contexts such as: Ceramics, Communication, Commentary, Commodity, Celebration and Critique.

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    • ART-3601 - Painting I: Watercolor

      This is one of two introductory painting courses, either of which fulfills the Art Core Painting requirement for Art majors and building on the knowledge base of the Art Foundation courses. This course uses watercolor as a vehicle for visual expression. Open-ended painting problems from both nature and the imagination will be presented. Students will mat and frame a selection of art works produced during the term.

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    • ART-3901 - Introductory Sculpture

      An introduction into the four sculptural processes:Subtractive Method (carving); Additive Method (modeling);Substitutive Method (casting); and, Constructive Method (assembling). Emphasis is made on preliminary designing of mass, space and volume.

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    • ART-3011 - Elementary Art Methods

      This course is designed for the art education major to focus on the developmental needs and abilities of students at the elementary level. Methods in art education include approaches to art pedagogy, production, criticism, and aesthetics utilizing a variety of age-appropriate studio media.

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    • ART-3012 - Art for Pre-K and Special Populations

      This course is designed for the art education major to focus on the developmental needs and abilities of pre-kindergarten and special education students with emphasis on accommodations and adaptive strategies. Methods in art education include approaches to art pedagogy, production, criticism, and aesthetics utilizing a variety of age-appropriate studio media.

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    • ART-4009 - Art Curriculum and Classroom Management

      This class is designed for the art education major to apply educational principles of curriculum design and a variety of instructional strategies to the content of art education with an emphasis on classroom management. Methods in art education include approaches to art pedagogy, production, criticism, and aesthetics utilizing a variety of age-appropriate studio media. An internship in a prekindergarten and elementary level art class is a requirement of this course.

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    • ART-4010 - Secondary Art Methods

      This course is designed for the art education major to focus on the developmental needs and abilities of students at the middle and secondary level as well as techniques for technology enhanced instruction. Methods in art education include approaches to art pedagogy, production, criticism, and aesthetics utilizing a variety of age-appropriate studio media. An internship in a high school and middle level art class is a requirement of this course.

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    • ART-4011 - Student Teaching in Art Education

      Student teaching is the cumulating course of the teacher preparation program. It is typically viewed as a full class load and done primarily in a selected school under the guidance of an experienced supervising art teacher and the university supervisor. In art education students will complete a portion of the student teaching experience at the elementary level and another portion at the secondary level in order to receive vertical K-12 certification. Periodic seminars will be held on campus for students to meet as a group for discussion and instruction. 'C' or better required for certification.

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    • ART-4012 - Student Teaching in Art Education

      Student teaching is the cumulating course of the teacher preparation program. It is typically viewed as a full class load and done primarily in a selected school under the guidance of an experienced supervising art teacher and the university supervisor. In art education students will complete a portion of the student teaching experience at the elementary level and another portion at the secondary level in order to receive vertical K-12 certification. Periodic seminars will be held on campus for students to meet as a group for discussion and instruction. 'C' or better required for certification.

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    • ART-4013 - Student Teaching in Art Education

      Student teaching is the cumulating course of the teacher preparation program. It is typically viewed as a full class load and done primarily in a selected school under the guidance of an experienced supervising art teacher and the university supervisor. In art education students will complete a portion of the student teaching experience at the elementary level and another portion at the secondary level in order to receive vertical K-12 certification. Periodic seminars will be held on campus for students to meet as a group for discussion and instruction. 'C' or better required for certification.

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    • ART-4078 - Junior Review

      All BA and BFA candidates must enroll and successfully complete ART 4078. (See department website for specific requirements for ART 4078). Art faculty will review juniors based on their portfolio, writings, presentation and transcript progress. Candidates will be assessed on the level of knowledge and skill base gain to date. Successful candidates will be allowed to enroll into their respective capstone courses (ART 4298 or ART 4998). Course May be repeated up to two additional times. Unsuccessful review on the third attempt may result in candidates being placed on probation or removed from their degree program. ART 4078 must be taken during a semester when the student is enrolled in 12 credit hours.

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    • ART-4998 - Senior Capstone Experience I

      Research and study within a studio concentration tha tculminates in the public presentation of the senior exhibition (ART 4899: Senior Capstone II). Students will be required to research this project and document its development prior to the presentation of the written capstone component. With the aid of their peers, advisors and faculty jurors' students will work through the articulation of their goals by active critiquing and self-assessment.

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    • ART-4999 - Senior Capstone Experience II

      Continued research and advanced study within a studio/design concentration will culminate in the public presentation of the senior exhibition. Capstone Experience II will provide an opportunity to consolidate, expand and refine the skills that are essential to your discipline. The preparation of an oral defense for this final body of work, their creative thesis visual project, will undergo the critical review of an Art Faculty Committee prior to its public presentation in the Senior Fine Arts Exhibition. Additionally, the completion of the written component of the creative visual project, begun in ART 49XX, Capstone Experience I, will describe in full the processes and the outcomes of the senior research.

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    • CEPD-4101 - Educational Psychology

      An introduction to the psychological theories and principles applied to the classroom. The course will include aspects of learning, motivation, classroom management, and assessment. Emphasis will be placed on developmentally designed instruction for all students.

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    • EDUC-2110 - Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education

      This course engages students in observations, interactions and analyses of critical and contemporary educational issues. Students will investigate issues influencing the social and political contexts of educational settings in Georgia and the United States. Student will actively examine the teaching profession from multiple vantage points both within and outside the school. Against this backdrop, students will reflect on and interpret the meaning of education and schooling in a diverse culture and examine the moral and ethical responsibilities of teaching in a democracy. A field component totaling 10 hours is required.

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    • EDUC-2120 - Exploring Sociocultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts

      This course is designed to equip future teachers with the fundamental knowledge of understanding culture and teaching children from diverse backgrounds. A field component totaling 10 hours is required.

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    • EDUC-2130 - Exploring Learning and Teaching

      Explore key aspects of learning and teaching through examining your own learning processes and those of others, with the goal of applying your knowledge to enhance the learning of all students in a variety of educational settings and contexts. A field component totaling 10 hours is required.

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    • SPED-3715 - The Inclusive Classroom: Differentiating Instruction

      Study of characteristics, identification and assessment of exceptional children and youth across age ranges and levels of severity, including individualizing instruction in inclusive classrooms. 'Best' ranges and levels of severity, teaching practices for this population also will be examined. Designed for non-special education majors.

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    Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

    Admission Process Checklist

    1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
    2. Review important deadlines:
      • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
      • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
      • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
        See program specific calendars here
    3. Complete online application
      Undergraduate Admissions Guide

      Undergraduate Application

      Undergraduate International Application

    4. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
    5. Submit official documents

      Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

      Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
      University of West Georgia
      1601 Maple Street
      Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
    6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
    7. Check the status of your application

    Contact

    COE Academic Advisement Center

    (678) 839-6050

  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

  • Objectives
    • Develop broad knowledge on the history of art and design.
    • Develop thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of art and design.
    • Demonstrates in-depth technical focus and proficiency within an area of concentration.
    • Demonstrates in-depth research and content development within an area of concentration.
    • Demonstrates preparedness for a professional career in the arts.