As an art education major at FSC, you’ll develop your creative talents by working with professional artists, and you’ll master the art of teaching by studying education with experienced educators.

You will have the advantage of mentoring relationships with your professors and extensive hands-on learning opportunities in the studio and in local schools.

Special Features

  • FSC’s Art Education Program has a 100% placement rate of graduates.
  • Our program has seven discipline-specific studio classrooms—a rarity for any small college.
  • We run critiques the same way you’ll find in graduate school.
  • As an art education major, you’ll take art history and studio art courses in drawing, figure drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, new media, and graphic design.
  • Small classes encourage strong, one-on-one relationships between you and your professors.
  • We plan a May-Option study abroad trip each year.
  • FSC’s Art Education program offers either the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.
  • Our faculty are nationally recognized professional artists and historians who are devoted to teaching.

Engaged Learning in the Classroom

All studio art courses at FSC focus on engaged learning, whether that’s collaborating with a professor, working with other students on a class project, or gaining hands-on experience in a public school classroom through field-study classes and your senior capstone internship.

Course Information

Our Art Education major is a cooperative program with FSC’s outstanding Education Department. You’ll take a comprehensive sequence of Studio Art and Art History courses, which emphasizes a wide variety of art materials and approaches and provides a solid theoretical background. At the same time you’ll take a full program of education courses.

As a graduate, you’ll not only be certified to teach in Florida schools—you can expect to be in demand in the job market.

Internship Opportunities

In your final semester, you’ll have a full-time internship working with an art teacher in a county school, including the prestigious Harrison School for the Arts. At the same time, you’ll take a seminar where you’ll be able to share your internship experiences and receive additional instruction on classroom management. But even before this internship, you’ll have at least two semester-long field-study experiences that put you in the classroom one day a week.


Departmental Clubs & Organizations

Our department sponsors a chapter of Kappa Pi, the international honorary art society.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

We award art scholarships based on a portfolio review. Please contact the Department of Art and Art History to arrange for a portfolio review. Because scholarships cannot be awarded prior to admission to the College, portfolio reviews should be scheduled only after the application is complete.

Graduate & Professional Opportunities

Our Art Education majors are fully prepared for a teaching career upon graduation. They’re teachers, instructors and artists working in schools and community programs throughout the country.

They’re also prepared for admission to graduate programs in Art Education and have gone on to excellent graduate programs, including Columbia University, Florida State University, and New York University.

 

Degree Requirements

Art Education Major Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 86-87 hours

EDUCATION COURSES

EDU 1107 Foundations of Education I
EDU 2200 Field Study Level I
EDU 2203 Foundations of Education II
EDU 2210 Foundations of Special Education
EDU 2235 Technology Infused Teaching and Educational Assessments and
Measurements
EDU 3279 Foundations of ESOL I
EDU 3323 Field Study Level II
EDU 3333 Foundations of Education III
EDU 4400 Field Study Level III (Elementary Education Art students only)
EDU 4457 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas in the Secondary School
EDU 4889 Student Teacher/Intern Seminar
EDU 4990 Senior Internships

ART COURSES

ARH 1100 Survey of Western Art and Architecture

ART 1120

Design Fundamentals

ART 1131

Drawing I
ART 1132 Drawing II
or  
ART 2170 Figure Drawing I
ART 1140 Introduction to Digital Photography
ART 1160 New Media
ART 2100 Painting I
ART 2210 Painting II
ART 2220 Sculpture I
ART 2310 Ceramics I
ART 2410 Printmaking I
ART 4899 Typography and Layout Art for Teachers, K-12
C. Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements 20 hours
or  
D.Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements . 12 hours
E. Electives 0
F. Total 138-147

 

Course Descriptions

Art & Art History

ARH 1100 SURVEY OF WESTERN ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Four hours. An introduction to painting, sculpture, and architecture from prehistory to the present in the context of social, cultural, religious, and political history. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw); FA (In)

ART 1120 DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS
Four hours. This course offers an introduction to the elements and principles of design, including line, shape, color, value, texture, balance, emphasis, rhythm, and unity. Gen Ed: FA (In, Ex)

ART 1131 DRAWING I
Four hours. An introduction to various drawing media and methods of representation in line and tone.

ART 1132 DRAWING II
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 1131 or permission of the instructor. Exploration of color and mixed media drawing techniques; emphasis on forms of personal expression and representational development.

ART 1140 INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Four hours. This course will cover aspects of digital photography such as image capture and digital processing, design, lighting, and digital technology. Assignments will be given to explore creativity, problem solving, and understanding the camera. Students will focus on capturing their surroundings using specific techniques for landscape, architectural, and cultural (i.e., people) photography. A critique will occur at the end of each assignment to discuss solutions, problems, and successes. Applications and printing will also be covered in this class. Gen Ed: FA (Ex)

ART 1160 NEW MEDIA
Four hours. Introduces students, both through learning about existing new media artworks and through the construction of projects, to new and unconventional and/or unfamiliar forms of visual art. Seeks to instill appreciation for contemporary art forms, to open students to new media and new creative avenues, and to enlighten students to their own expressive abilities. Gen Ed: FA (In, Ex)

ART 2100 PAINTING I
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 1131. Introduction to acrylic painting; exploration of various painting techniques, painting surfaces, and elements of color.

ART 2110 PAINTING II
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 2100 or permission of the instructor. Introduction to oil painting; an investigation of various techniques using the oil medium; assignments in color relationships.

ART 2170 FIGURE DRAWING I
Four hours. Prerequisites: ART 1131 or permission of the instructor. Studio class emphasizing drawing from the human figure and includes the study of human anatomy.

ART 2210 SCULPTURE I
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 1120. Introduction to the use of traditional and contemporary sculptural media, modeling and plaster casting, clay and paper casts.

ART 2220 CERAMICS I
Four hours. Creative pottery making, using various methods of hand building. Students learn to load and fire the kiln.

ART 2310 PRINTMAKING I
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 1120 or 1131 or permission of the instructor. Introduction to intaglio and relief printmaking techniques. Monotypes will also be explored.

For more ARH and ART courses, see Art History and Studio Art respectively  

Education

EDU 1107 FOUNDATION OF EDUCATION I
Four hours. An introduction to the study of public and nonpublic education systems, past, and present, in the United States and in other countries. Emphasis on problems, issues, and trends in contemporary American education as viewed from historical, sociological, psychological, and economic perspectives will be examined. This course will also serve as a prologue to comprehensive classroom management.

EDU 2200 FIELD STUDY LEVEL I
One hour. Prerequisite: EDU 1107. Supervised field studies taken simultaneously with major elementary and secondary education courses. Block scheduling with specific courses and schools will be arranged each semester. Students will participate in instructional activities, classroom planning, classroom management exercise, an ESOL activity, and follow all the guidelines and requirements of the classroom teacher.

EDU 2203 FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION II
Two hours. Prerequisite: EDU 1107. An introduction to the study of public and non public education systems emphasizing legal, professional and ethical issues in education, curriculum, and instruction, education psychology and classroom management.

EDU 2210 FOUNDATIONS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
Two hours. This is a major requirement that included Florida Exceptional Student Education Competencies K-12 as required by the Florida Department of Education. A study of the various exceptionalities found among children in public and private school, including the history, characteristics, etiology, terminology, incidence, eligibility guidelines and issues related to assessment, behavior management, and academic programming. Field- based activities are required in this course.

EDU 2235 TECHNOLOGY INFUSED TEACHING, LEARNING, AND ASSESSMENT
Four hours. Students in this course explore technology infused teaching, learning and assessment in the broad context of educational foundations and learning theories. A clinical experience is a major component of the course.

EDU 3279 FOUNDATIONS OF ESOL I
Four hours. Planning, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate methods and unique experiences to meet the needs of children who speak a language other than English. Characteristic of second language learner. Second language acquisition processes, and oral language development. Discussions of major trends in ESOL teaching as well as appropriate resources in ESOL methodologies. Exploration of various social contexts that maximize language and literacy development for second language learners such as collaborative groups and teacher-student conferencing. Focus on instructional strategies that effective teachers use to promote literacy development in all students.

EDU 3323 FIELD STUDY LEVEL II
One hour. Prerequisite: EDU 2200. Supervised field studies taken simultaneously with major elementary and secondary education course. Block scheduling with specific courses and schools will be arranged each semester. Student will participate in instructional activities, classroom planning, classroom management exercise, an ESOL activity, and follow all the guidelines and requirements of the classroom teacher

EDU 3333 FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION III
Two hours. Prerequisite: EDU 2203. An introduction to the study of public and nonpublic education systems emphasizing the philosophical foundations of education trends in contemporary American education, education psychology and classroom management.

EDU 4400 FIELD STUDIES III
One hour. Prerequisites: EDU 2200 and EDU 3323. Supervised field studies taken simultaneously with major elementary and secondary education courses. Block scheduling with specific courses and schools will be arranged each semester. Student will participate in instruction activities, classroom planning, classroom management exercises, an ESOL activity, and follow all the guidelines and requirements of the classroom teacher.

EDU 4457 READING AND WRITING IN THE CONTENT AREAS IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL
Two hours. This course will focus on ways in which reading, writing, speaking, and listening are developed and used in the content areas in conjunction with the strategies and skills appropriate to the developmental levels and attitude typical of secondary school students. The course will involve lesson planning and design as well as group presentation, discussion, and critique.

EDU 4889 STUDENT TEACHER INTERN SEMINAR
Two hours. Prerequisite: Completion of all major courses and permission of the instructor. Weekly seminar for interns. Discussion and analysis of general methods of teaching in schools, with an emphasis on classroom management, experience, and presentation.

EDU 4990 SENIOR INTERNSHIP
Ten hours. Prerequisites: Completion of all major courses. The senior internship is designed to be the culminating engaged learning experience for education majors regardless of age/grade level specialty, subject matter, and/or major. The internship is 14 weeks long and involves teaching, modeling, observing, and evaluating. The Coordinator of Field Studies at Florida Southern College and a representative of the Human Resource Development Office of Polk County School assigns students to a Polk County Public School. The student will take over all responsibilities of a certified Florida classroom, teaching in his/her specialty area after receiving adequate preparation by the assigned teacher and supervisors.

See Elementary Education for more EDU course descriptions