Fine Arts Education BA
Department of Art and Design
Program Coordinator: Dr. Dorothy Heard; 973-655-4210
- Fine Arts Education BA: The Big Picture
- What You Will Study (Three Concentration Offerings)
- Our Faculty
- Student Work
- Careers in Fine Arts and Professional Resources
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Is there anything more satisfying than sharing your passion for the things that you love? Art teachers do just that – as they inspire a lifelong appreciation for the arts and help students discover their own creative voices. Our program will:
- Identify and instruct students who embody Montclair State’s Portrait of a Teacher philosophy.
- Give students the opportunity to acquire basic and advanced skills and knowledge in studio art, art history, and pedagogy so that they will be able to foster the artistic development of children from Preschool to Grade 12.
The Bachelor of Arts, or BA, in Fine Arts major offers three Fine Arts Education concentrations (including a combined BA/MAT option) to prepare students to teach in public and private educational and community settings.
- BA in Fine Arts, Fine Arts Education Concentration with Teacher Certification in Art (Pre-school-Grade 12)
- Combined BA/MAT in Fine Arts, Fine Arts Education Concentration with Teacher Certification in Art and Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification (Preschool-Grade 12)
- BA in Fine Arts, School and Community Settings Concentration (No Teacher Certification)
Because we believe that learning to bring out the best in yourself is an essential precursor to teaching, our Fine Arts Education programs will prepare you first as an artist and then as a teacher. Prospective students matriculate first into the School and Community Settings Concentration, where they follow a standardized foundational art curriculum before applying to one of the other concentrations.
In the spring semester of your sophomore year, you may opt to stay in the School and Community Settings Concentration or elect to pursue Teacher Certification in Art (Preschool-12); or the Combined BA/MAT option that includes preparation to work with students with disabilities.
Please note that while most courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters, a limited number of courses are also available during the summer session.
A professional-degree option within Montclair State’s Teacher Education program, this concentration qualifies students for the initial certificate to teach art in grades P-12 in New Jersey’s public and private schools, as well as elsewhere in the country. The certificate also qualifies you to teach in settings that include museums, cultural centers, and community organizations.
After completing foundation art and design courses and fulfilling the university’s general education requirements, you must apply to, and be accepted by, Montclair State University’s Center of Pedagogy. Successful candidates then pursue intensive coursework in education and hands-on student teaching experiences. A total of 129-147 credits is required to graduate in this major. Click the links below to learn more:
- Curriculum Overview: Fine Arts Major, Fine Arts Education Concentration with Teacher Certification in Art (Preschool-Grade 12) (B.A.) - Undergraduate
- Teacher Education Program Overview
- Subject Area Professional Course Sequence
Fine Arts Major, Fine Arts Education Concentration with Teacher Certification in Art (Preschool – Grade 12) and Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification (Preschool-Grade 12) - Combined BA/MAT
This combined BA and MAT program prepares students to become art teachers as they earn both an undergraduate and graduate degree within a condensed timeframe. The program focuses on the critical study of best practices in art education and teaching students in P-12 school settings. You will complete rigorous coursework in pre-professional undergraduate art and education courses, followed by professional level graduate courses, clinical experience, and student teaching. This program confers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees, with graduates eligible for a dual New Jersey initial teacher certificate in P-12 Art Education and certification in Teacher of Students with Disabilities.
A total of 127-151 credits of coursework is required to graduate in this major. Click the links below to learn more:
- Curriculum Overview: Fine Arts Major, Fine Arts Education Concentration with Teacher Certification in Art (Preschool-Grade 12) and Certification in Teacher of Students with Disabilities (Combined B.A./M.A.T.)
- Teacher Education Program Overview
- Subject Area Professional Course Sequence
This concentration is designed for art students who would like to be prepared to teach in public-service organizations such as museums or community organizations that don’t require state certification. This pre-professional degree option does not issue licenses, registrations or certifications when the program is completed. You may elect pre-professional study in one or more clusters, including:
- Art Therapy
- Recommended for students wishing to become art therapists and who plan to pursue graduate study and licensure in the discipline. Focusing on the healing potential of creative expression and art making, art therapists work with people recovering from physical illness, depression or trauma in settings that include clinics, hospitals, social-service agencies, community centers, nursing homes, and adult day-care centers.
- Museums and Galleries
- Recommended for students who wish to become administrators in an art exhibition setting and who plan to pursue a graduate degree in museum or arts management, business, communication, or related areas. Coursework covers organizational development, funding, programming, and practices of museums and galleries, as well as the roles arts institutions have played in the past and will continue to play in the future. Students are required to complete a range of recommended electives or complete a minor in a related area such as Business, Communication Studies, Economics, History, Latin American and Latino Studies, Religious Studies, or Anthropology.
- School and Community Settings
- Recommended for students wishing to work collaboratively with community groups, organizations, and government agencies as teachers or programmers. Graduates find work in such fields as urban planning, event marketing, environmental justice, public health, or business economics. The cluster curriculum teaches students about the management, promotion, and funding of community arts projects. They are also required to complete a range of recommended electives or complete a minor in a related area such as Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Gerontology, Public Administration, or Urban Studies.
Each cluster provides an introduction to the goals and practices of visual arts professionals working in cultural or community-based fields. Graduates are well positioned for post-graduate study and/or entry-level work in non-certification professions and activities such as museum management, art therapy, community center administration, event planning, mural making, and/or arts lobbying.
A total of 120-126 credits of coursework is required to graduate in this major. Click the link below to learn more:
- Curriculum Overview: Fine Arts Major, School and Community Settings Concentration (B.A.) - Undergraduate
More than 28 full-time faculty members and 90 adjuncts and visiting professionals, including renowned guest artists and art critics, mentor Art and Design students each semester. They foster students’ development as artists, while providing invaluable insights into arts-related professions. In addition to studying with Art and Design faculty, Fine Arts Education students are mentored by professors in the College of Education and Human Services.
Click the links below to learn more:
- Art Education Faculty
- Department of Curriculum and Teaching Faculty
- All Art and Design Faculty
- Guest Artists: Art Forum | Film Forum
The Department of Art and Design occupies several on-campus buildings, which house fully equipped studios for all art areas. Outside of the department, Fine Arts Education majors take education classes in University Hall, Montclair State’s largest and recently constructed academic facility.
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Students in all programs, including Fine Arts Education, create work using a rich variety of media and studio techniques. Student work is exhibited in our on-campus galleries.
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Montclair State University’s Art and Design programs are among the region’s most competitive, and meet the rigorous standards of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).
To apply to the BA in Fine Arts Education, or to any of the Department of Art and Design programs, please visit Department Admissions.