Art Education - A.F.A. Degree

Turn your passion for art into a career!

Our dedicated team of staff and faculty will help you from your application to graduation. Sussex provides a solid framework on which to build your college education for a successful future.

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Students enrolled in the Art Education Option Program acquire strong knowledge and skills through both Studio Arts and Art Education curricula employing a wide range of 2D and 3D as well as digital and graphic design media and processes. Students gain a conception of art education that integrates art making, art history, visual culture, art criticism, philosophies of art, art education theory, social-justice influences, and community-based artistic engagements. Also addressed in the curriculum are the ways interdisciplinary aspects of art education can affect societal beliefs, values, and behaviors.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Exhibit a competency to lead visual art activities for children or adults.
  • Exhibit knowledge of art history, art curriculum, and program development.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design an individualized course of study that explores ways of reaching art students in and through the arts.
  • Demonstrate through art education the intrinsic societal value of the visual arts.
  • Demonstrate analytical skills and explore relationships of the arts to other sectors in education.
  • Create a portfolio of visual art exercises to be used in classes.

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their own plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
COLL101 Foundations for Success 3
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
ARTA103 Art History I 3
ARTA101 Basic Design 3
GTEC000 Technology Gen Ed Requirement* 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - First Year
ENGL102 English Composition II 3
ARTA104 Art History II 3
ARTA108 Basic Drawing 3
ARTA110 Introduction to Color 3
EDUC202 Historical and Philosophical Patterns in Education 3
Total Semester Credits
Fall - Second Year
PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 3
ARTA175 Ceramics I 3
ARTA115 3-D Design 3
ARTA150 Life Drawing I 3
ARTA180 Painting I 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - Second Year
SOCA101 Introduction to Sociology 3
EDUC286 Principles & Practices of Teaching as a Profession 3
PSYC280 Educational Psychology 3
ARTA260 Portfolio Development 3
ARTA002 Studio Art Elective* 3
Total Semester Credits

*General Education & Elective courses: Choose from the list of approved courses in the College Catalog.

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college-level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.