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School of Visual Art and Design

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Art Education

The art education program at the University of South Carolina will prepare you to teach art and visual culture in various settings that include K-12 classrooms, community art programs, and museums.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

The B.F.A. in Art Education is for students seeking certification to teach art in a K-12 setting. Our art education program has trained most of South Carolina’s K-12 art teachers. The major is an intensive combination of studio art, art history, and teacher education courses.

In addition to becoming accomplished and skilled artists, our art education students also receive hands-on experience teaching art classes in local elementary and secondary schools and running our Young Artist's Workshop, which brings children from the community into the School of Visual Art and Design for Friday afternoon art classes.

Our students develop communication skills and motivational strategies for teaching, gain expertise in curriculum development and lesson planning, and cultivate artistic skill by taking courses across the studio art areas of photography, 3D design, drawing, painting, ceramics, and printmaking. The B.F.A. in Art Education allows for flexibility in electives among Carolina Core, studio art, and art history electives.

2020-2021 B.F.A. in Art Education Curriculum and Requirements

Accelerated Master's Track in Art Education

Earn graduate degree credit while enrolled as an undergraduate

If you have 90 credits and at least a 3.4 GPA, you may be able to take up to 12 credits towards a Master's degree while you’re still an undergraduate student.  Participating in the accelerated Master's program is a separate process from applying to graduate school, and it does not guarantee admission to graduate school.  However, accelerated Master's students who apply to graduate school at UofSC and are accepted are able to start their graduate program in art education with up to 12 credits already completed.  These students complete their graduate coursework earlier, saving time and tuition. 

Students who are interested in the accelerated Master’s track in art education should speak to their undergraduate advisor. 


General Education Minor

While not a minor in art education, the general education minor at UofSC gives students the opportunity to take 18 credits in classroom education courses through the College of Education, with up to 6 credits in art education. Art education courses ARTE 520 and ARTE 530 are part of the elective courses in this minor.  Students completing degrees outside the College of Education who wish to include an education minor must contact their undergraduate dean’s office for prior approval. Speak with your advisor about adding a general education minor!

Core Faculty

Minuette Floyd, Ph.D. (Area Coordinator)
Olga Ivashkevich, Ph.D.
Hyunji Kwon, Ph.D. 
Blair Lindsey, M.A.T.

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