5-Year BFA + MAT in Visual Arts Education

Do your career aspirations involve teaching art to kids in grades K-12 while exploring your visual arts passions? The 5-Year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)/Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Visual Arts is a five-year professional degree art education program that allows students majoring in an art or design field to use their undergraduate years as a key step toward certification as a K-12 art teacher.

Many of the BFA-required courses are satisfied with art education courses allowing you to complete your undergraduate degree in four years and return for a fifth year to complete the MAT program requirements, which includes student teaching. Coursework is based on current PA Department of Education teacher certification requirements.

Your undergrad years will be spent growing as an artist while focusing on foundational studies in art education. In your fifth year, you'll apply what you've learned as an artist and in art education through an intensive one-year MAT degree program, during which you'll revisit your competencies in studio skills.

In your sophomore semester, you'll work in classrooms around the greater Philadelphia area – observing, assisting and teaching art education to kids in grades K-12. You'll have opportunities to work with traditional learners, students with special needs and those students for whom English is a second language. You'll become proficient in areas such as design education, assessment and curriculum writing. In the MAT year, you will be teaching students on campus in UArts' Saturday Arts Lab alongside seasoned co-operating teachers. In your final semester, you'll take part in a student-teaching practicum: a 14-week placement in local schools that includes seven weeks in an elementary school and seven weeks in a secondary school.

For more information, please contact Rande Blank, director, 5-Year BFA/MAT Art Education program, at rblank@uarts.edu or 215-717-6050.

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