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Department of Art and Design
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Rarick Hall 102
Phone: 785-628-4247
Email: klchristopher@fhsu.edu (Katie Christopher)
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Bachelor of Arts, concentration in Art Education

The opportunity to observe art classes in a “real world setting”—in one of their first semesters—helps students decide if teacher education is well suited to their goals. Once in the program, art education courses prepare them to teach grades Pre-K through 12 in a safe environment that fosters creativity and self-expression.

These specialized classes not only focus on art materials, innovative projects, and incorporation of technology but also issues of diversity, special needs, ongoing professional growth, and opportunities for involvement with school and community. The student teaching experience includes both elementary and secondary settings which opens more career options upon graduation.

Program Summary

General Education Requirements: 55 Credit Hours
Modern Language Requirements: 10 Credit Hours
Art & Design Program Requirements: 49 Credit Hours (Listed Below)*
Teacher Certification Program Requirements: 37 Credit Hours (Listed Below)*
*All classes listed are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise specified.


Core Requirements – 36 hours
ART 205 3-D Design/Crafts
ART 210 Drawing I
ART 215 Drawing II
ART 240 Basic Design
ART 310 Figure Drawing
ART 380 Survey of Art History
Two 400-level Art History courses

Choose four courses from studio or design areas, excluding major electives.

Studio Areas
ART 220 Introduction to Painting
ART 230 Sculpture
ART 250 Printmaking
ART 260 Ceramics

Design Areas
ART 243 Graphic Design
ART 244 Creative Photography
200-level Interior Design

Art Major Electives – 13 hours
Choose from courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, design or photography.

Teacher Certification Requirements – 37 hours
ART 277 Early Field Experience: Art (1 Credit Hour)
ART 300 Elementary Art Methods (2 Credit Hours)
ART 400 Secondary School Art
TEEL 202 Foundations of Education
TEEL 231 Human Growth & Development
TECS 290 Introduction to Instructional Technology
TESP 302 Educating Except. Students
TEEL 431 Educational Psychology
TESS 494 The Secondary School Experience (4 Credit Hours)
TESS 496 Directed Teaching Secondary (6 Credit Hours)
TESS 496 Directed Teaching Elementary (6 Credit Hours)

Total Credit Hours: 151





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