Jan 15, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art, BFA with Teacher Certification

The curriculum for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree leading to teacher certification is also designed to provide professional development at the undergraduate level for the prospective teacher in the visual arts, through in-depth study in studio art. The degree requires a minimum of 60 semester hours in art, at least 30 of which must be in upper-division coursework.

Admission to the BFA leading to teacher certification is by special application. Such application can be made upon completion of 30 semester hours of Art coursework, and must be made before completion of 48 semester hours of Art coursework. A portfolio consisting of ten to fifteen works representing a variety of media must be submitted in addition to the application form. Copies of specific admission policies and instructions for submitting an application to the program are available from the Department of Art website (cla.tamucc.edu/art_currentstudents.html). Completed applications should be submitted to the office of the Department Chair.

The purposes of the art curriculum are:

  1. To provide a general program that allows students access to a variety of art media, studio techniques, and instruction;
  2. To provide students with opportunities to study past and present forms of art and to understand the function of art in society;
  3. To provide courses that will help expand the knowledge and interest of non-majors in the area of art; and
  4. To contribute to the cultural life of the University and the community by presenting quality art exhibitions in the Weil Gallery.

Two minors are also available. The minor in Studio Art is 21 semester hours and will allow a student to concentrate in one studio area. The minor in Art History is 18 semester hours. Interested students should contact the department academic advisor.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate competencies in studio art;
  • be able to successfully pass the test for State Board for Educator Certification enabling them to teach K-12 within the State of Texas;
  • have the ability to articulate principles and theories of contemporary art as it applies to the teaching/learning environment.

Degree Requirements

  Sem. Hrs.
  1. University Core Curriculum Programs  
  2. First-Year Seminars (when applicable)*
  3. Major Requirements
  4. Professional Development Requirements
  5. Teacher Certification Requirements
  Total 129 (131)

*First Year Seminars

First-Year Seminars or Electives

Full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses:

Art Activities:

Art History:


Students in the program are expected to spend one additional hour per week in the studio for each upper division semester hour of studio enrollment.

Other Certification Requirements

For information on required professional development courses and other teacher certification requirements, please see the College of Education and Human Development  section of this catalog. Students should also consult the Certification Office of the College of Education for complete and current information about teacher certification requirements.

To qualify to take the TExES (Texas Examinations of Educator Standards) in the field of Art, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Make pre-specified acceptable scores on TExES practice tests, or departmental equivalent, and participate in practice test review and analysis session.
  2. Provide official permit with signature of Program Coordinator or designated person for each teaching field on the student’s certification plan.

Students must also qualify to take the Professional Development TExES.