B.F.A. of Studio Art with All-Level Certification
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art with All-level Teacher Certification is a one hundred-twenty-five to one hundred-thirty-seven (125-137) credit hour limited access program that provides an intensive background in theoretical knowledge and professional skills. BFA students will develop a personal vision, a high level of competence in technique, and will harness the ability to make sound artistic decisions. The BFA in Studio Art is a proficiency-based program, characterized by continuous assessment. Graduating BFA seniors exhibit their work at the Texas A&M
University-Commerce University Gallery in their last semester.
To receive a degree in BFA Studio Art with All-level Teacher Certification, students must successfully complete a minimum of one hundred-twenty five (125) credit hours and meet all certification criteria listed below. Students must also remain in the program for a minimum of three long semesters. Students must apply for admission into the “Practicum” course, culminating in an advancement review and graduation exhibition. The Practicum course is offered each spring with reviews scheduled each fall.
Students admitted to the BFA program are exempt from any foreign language requirement. Students in the BFA major are not required to select a minor. The BFA advisor can provide additional guidance with regard to entrance and degree requirements.
Students are required to have a C or above in all foundation requirements to maintain good standing in the program. Students will present a portfolio for review at the end of their sophomore year or when they have met at least 80% of the art foundation requirements. Faculty will assess the portfolio and make recommendations to the student.
Academic Performance and Retention
The Department of Art reserves the right to discontinue enrollment of art major students at any time if satisfactory academic progress is not being made. Students who have accumulated three unsatisfactory grades (U, F or D,) in studio art or design courses taken for college credit at Texas A&M University Commerce or elsewhere will not be permitted to continue, be readmitted, or graduate with a major in studio art or design. Courses in which a grade below the minimum is received may only be repeated once.
After completion of ALL degree and certification requirements, students must apply for the teaching certificate on-line at the SBEC web page https://secure.sbec.state.tx.us/SBECOnline/login.asp. Requirements that must be met prior to filing for certification:
- Continued admission and retention in the Teacher Education Program.
- Successful completion of all requirements listed on the degree or deficiency plan, including required GPA’s and appropriate tests (i.e., ExCET/TExES and TOPT).
NOTE: Degree must be conferred by the university.
Certification Application Procedures:
- Go to SBEC website at https://secure.sbec.state.tx.us/SBECOnline/login.asp. (Click on “New User? Create New Account” if you are a first-time user.)
- Follow directions on web page to apply for certificate. You are applying for your “Standard” teaching certificate.
- You have completed a “University-Based” program.
- Send appropriate fees to SBEC.
Complete all requirements of the National criminal history background check.
* You will receive an email confirmation from SBEC after the university has completed its recommendation. Please DO NOT call to check status. This can be checked on-line. Once all activities have successfully been performed, SBEC will process the issuing of the certificate. The certificate will be issued and placed on the SBEC website under the “Official
Record for Educator Certificates,” and a paper certificate will be printed and mailed to the student at the address provided.
Note: Records that are not fully processed within 60 days will be deleted. If deleted, you will be required to file again through SBEC Online.
BFA Studio Art With All-Level Certification
University Studies Courses (43 sh)
See the university Studies Requirements
- ART 110 - Drawing I Hours: 3
- ART 111 - Two-Dimensional Design and Color Theory Hours: 3
- ART 112 - Drawing II Hours: 3
- ART 140 - Three-Dimensional Design and Color Theory Hours: 3
- ART 141 - Intro to Shop Safety Hours: 1
- ART 213 - Figure Drawing Hours: 3
- PHO 111 - Introduction to Digital Media Hours: 3
- PHO 112 - Basic Photography I Hours: 3
- ART 404 - Contemporary Issues Hours: 3
- ART 405 - History of Modern Art Hours: 3
- ART 380 - Experimental Concepts Hours: 3
- ART 1303 - History of Art I Hours: 3
- ART 1304 - History of Art II Hours: 3
9 sh from:
- ART 227 - Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Painting Hours: 3
- ART 240 - Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Sculpture Hours: 3
- ART 250 - Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Ceramics Hours: 3
- PHO 209 - Basic Photography II Hours: 3
- ART 211 - Introduction to Visual Communication Hours: 3
3 sh from:
- ART 321 - Watercolor I Hours: 3
- ART 326 - Painting II: Introduction to Basic Concepts in Painting Hours: 3
- ART 330 - Printmaking Hours: 3
- ART 420 - Painting III: Intermediate Concepts in Painting Hours: 3
- ART 422 - Painting IV: Advanced Concepts in Painting Hours: 3
3 sh from:
- ART 340 - Sculpture I A: Introduction to Fabric, Video, Performance and Public Art Hours: 3
- ART 341 - Sculpture I B: Introduction to Metals and Mechanical Systems Hours: 3
- ART 440 - Sculpture II A Hours: 3
3 sh from:
- ART 350 - Ceramics I Hours: 3
- ART 450 - Ceramics II Hours: 3
- ART 451 - Ceramics III Hours: 3
Total sh in the major: 67 semester hours.
12 additional semester hours in advanced Art or Photography courses.
Required Support Courses:
One semester Field-Based Teacher Education Program:
- ETEC 424 - Integrating Technology into the Middle/Secondary Curriculum Hours: 3
- PSY 300 - Learning Processes and Development Hours: 3
- RDG 380 - Comprehension and Vocabulary in Middle and High Schools Hours: 3
- SED 302 - Teaching Styles and Learning Styles in Pluralistic Field-Based Environments Hours: 3
- SED 300 - The Teaching Profession Hours: 3
- SED 401 - Curriculum, Teaching Strategies, and Classroom Assessment in Pluralistic Field-Based Environments Hours: 3
- SED 404 - Internship in Secondary Teaching Hours: 3
- SED 405 - Residency in Secondary Teaching Hours: 3-6 (6 sh required)
Total in Professional Education: 27 sh
Total Semester Hours: 137