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Art Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education

with K-12 Art Teaching Certification


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Elise Haines
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The Watkins College of Art Art Education (B.F.A.) program offers you a variety of preparation options, training pre-service teachers for a wide range of teaching possibilities. We recognize that art teachers can teach in public, private and parochial elementary, middle and high schools, but they can also teach and manage educational programs at art museums, children's museums, community arts centers, family support agencies, hospitals and numerous other organizations.

You will receive the same foundational coursework as students studying Studio Art plus 90 hours in the teaching field prior to the start of your student teaching semester. This nested design promotes a significant balance of breadth and focus; a balance of art studio, art history, art criticism and aesthetics with educational theory and first-hand teaching experience.

Graduates of Belmont’s program can earn a Tennessee Kindergarten through Grade 12 Art Teaching Certification upon passing your licensure exams. Students interested in exploring other geographic locations after graduation should note that our teacher certification pathway is reciprocal with the certification pathways of 46 other states.

What you'll learn:

  • Curriculum Planning & Lesson Development
  • Effective Classroom Organization & Management
  • Media Exploration & Modification for Classroom Use
  • Historical & Philosophical Foundations of Art Education
  • Identification of Museum & Community Resources
  • Assessment Strategies in the Arts
  • Contemporary Issues, Ideas & Technology Specific to Art Education


“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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