Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Art Education

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The BFAAE (Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Art Education) program educates students to become teachers of art, design, and visual culture while continuing to strengthen their own artmaking practices. The SAIC Art Education community supports students in becoming engaged and reflective teacher artists whose pedagogical work fosters the emergence of more just and joyous individuals and societies.

成人短视频The program fulfills requirements to become a licensed K-12 Visual Arts teacher in the State of Illinois. SAIC's teacher preparation coursework contributes to (and may meet) the teacher licensure requirements for other states and countries.

BFAAE students have a high rate of securing well-paying teaching jobs upon graduation. (Starting pay for an art teacher in the Chicago Public Schools is $50,000+) The Art Education Department receives more requests for referrals of recent graduates than we can meet. Our graduates build art education careers in schools and other educational settings throughout the United States.

 Clinical Practice Assessment To be completed and passed during the Apprentice Teaching semester.* Definitive information on the period of validity of an edTPA score is unknown at this time. Check with SAIC Licensure Specialist.

For information on the current scores needed to meet ISBE requirements, see the BFAAE Program Guide on this SAIC Art Education website or contact the SAIC Art Education Licensure Specialist.

* Candidates must take the edTPA assessment while enrolled in Apprentice Teaching as a requirement of the course. If a candidate does not receive a passing score on edTPA from the first submission, the candidate must resubmit a revised portfolio (or sections of the portfolio) to Pearson in order to receive Credit for Apprentice Teaching. After the candidate has submitted an edTPA portfolio two times (even if a passing score is not achieved), the candidate is eligible to receive CR (credit) for Apprentice Teaching and is thus eligible to graduate from SAIC if all other requirements are fulfilled. The candidate cannot be recommended for licensure until receiving a passing score on the edTPA.

Admissions Requirements for the SAIC BFAAE Program

  1. Admission to SAIC's undergraduate division
  2. Consultation and transcript analysis with the department's Licensure Specialist during your sophomore year
  3. Submission of a departmental application during the first semester of junior year. Application packets are available at the Department of Art Education, Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 7th floor. Application must be submitted by the first Monday in October for admission in fall semester to begin coursework in Spring semester.
  4. Interview with the Director of the BFAAE program.
  5. Teacher candidates begin the art education program during the second semester of their junior year. The BFA with an Emphasis in Art Education program is usually completed within three semesters. For a comprehensive list of program requirements, please refer to the BFAAE Program Guide.

BFAAE Application Packet

  • BFAAE Application Form
  • Portfolio of 20 artworks in digital format (images of 2D and 3D work as well as time-based works): 10 examples should show your proficiency in a range of different media and materials, including digital proficiency; 10 examples should demonstrate your current artistic practice and conceptual interests. Submit work as a single pdf, PowerPoint or Keynote file. One slide should be devoted to each artwork and should include the following identifying information: title of artwork, date completed, medium, and dimensions.
  • Artist Statement (300-500 words) Provide context for the artwork included in your portfolio by discussing the philosophical and theoretical concepts which inform your artistic practice. Elaborate upon the artistic, social, political, or personal relevance of your artwork as well as its formal attributes.
  • Statement of Purpose (500-1000 words) Explain why you want to teach art.
  • Letter of Reference using the form included in Application & Instructions packet.  Letter of Reference must be submitted in person (by you) or email (by recommender) by the first Monday in October. (See Letter of Reference Form for details.)

成人短视频You must meet the following criteria to gain admission to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) with an Emphasis in Art Education program:

  1. Admission to SAIC's undergraduate division
  2. Consultation and transcript analysis with the department's Licensure Specialist during the first semester of your sophomore year
  3. Submission of a departmental application during the first semester of junior year. Application packets are available at the Department of Art Education, Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 7th floor.
    • Application must be submitted by the first Monday in October for admission the following spring semester.
    • Recommendation from a faculty member, using the form included with the application
    • A 500- to 1,000-word Statement of Purpose explaining why you want to teach
    • Portfolio of art work/cultural production: (10 images showing work you are currently most excited about; 10 images showing a range of media, and SAIC coursework) 
    • A 350- to 500-word Artists' Statement that discusses the images you have included in your portfolio. Be sure to give the context in which the pieces were made and discuss the challenges and significant learning associated with various works. Include an analysis of references or influences, use of materials, processes, and common themes that relate to some or all of the works. Discuss social, political, or personal relevance as well as formal attributes of the work.
  4. Formal interview with the Director of the BFA with an Emphasis in Art Education program to be completed prior to application deadlines
  5. Teacher candidates begin the art education program during the second semester of their junior year. The BFA with an Emphasis in Art Education program is usually completed within three semesters. For a comprehensive list of program requirements, please refer to the: 

Note: Completion of art education program prerequisites does NOT guarantee admission to the teacher preparation program.