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Art Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education

with K-12 Art Teaching Certification


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Students enrolled in the BFA Art Education Program are eligible candidates for the Art Department’s Leu Scholarship.  Senior Art Education majors are eligible candidates for the program-specific Larkin Art Education Scholarship; the Larkin award is determined via demonstrated excellence in the field and leadership in the art education community. All BFA Art Education students also have the opportunity to participate in various community-based teaching partnerships, local art education internships, and Belmont’s student chapter of NAEA (National Art Education Association).

Graduates of Belmont’s BFA Art Education Program earn a Tennessee Kindergarten through Grade 12 Art Teaching Certification.  Students interested in exploring in other geographic locations after graduation should note that our teacher certification pathway is reciprocal with the certification pathways of 46 other states.


“I enjoy Belmont’s art education program because of its size. I get individualized feedback and attention that I wouldn’t at other schools.  I also enjoy the practicums, the ability to meet and work with a variety of art teachers and see a variety of places where art is taught. I feel very well prepared to teach.”
–Hanah Vinson, Art Education major
“What I love about the art education department at Belmont is pretty much EVERYTHING! In such a short amount of time you develop relationships with fellow future educators and faculty that you know will last you a lifetime. Since we are such a small community at Belmont we are able to do so much more and form closer relationships than many majors or schools can offer. At Belmont, you are guaranteed to be challenged to your full potential while seeking a BFA not just in education but grasping a full range of studio courses taught by some of the most experienced professors in both fields. At graduation you leave with so much more than a diploma, you leave with a full range of experiences and a pocket full of friends!”
–Ashley Lehenbauer, Art Education major



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