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Art Education, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Art Education students begin their program of study in the foundation courses of the visual arts department.  After successfully completing these courses and required general education courses, students apply to the Professional Art Education Program when they have completed 60 hours of work.

Highlights of the Art Education Program

  • 100 hours of practical experience in public schools of the upstate 
  • Visitation to diverse school populations 
  • Development of e-portfolio throughout the program 
  • Engagement in highly technical programs 
  • Direct hands- on learning experience with FOCUS Gallery for schools 
  • Service Learning with Spartanburg Art Museum and other art agencies

Program Mission

The primary mission of the Art Education Program supports the University’s missionby improving our  students’ ability to be effective visual communicators and to increase their perception of the global environments of art and education, as well as to consider global shifts in visual codes. The integrated content areas of visual arts theory: production, history, criticism and aesthetics, develops the necessary creative and technical skills involved in creative problem solving. Attention is paid to the preparation of highly qualified candidates for licensure in K-12 art classrooms or employment in museums, and community art organizations in the Upstate and surrounding areas.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fundamentals of Two Dimensional Design 
  • History of 20th Century Art
  • Fundamentals of Three Dimensional Design
  • Computer Graphics 
  • Drawing
  • Introduction to Painting
  • Printmaking 
  • Crafts of Diverse Cultures
  • Color and Composition
  • Art Studio Elective
  • Professional Education
  • Teacher Education Colloquium
  • Foundations of Education
  • Foundations in Art Education
  • Educational Development of the Lifelong Learner
  • Education Procedures for Exceptional Children
  • Literacy in the Middle and Secondary School
  • Theory and Criticism
  • Art for Elementary and Middle Schools
  • Secondary Art Methods
  • School Art Program
  • Art Education Seminar
  • Directed Teaching

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission of applicants is based on individual consideration. Each applicant must fulfill the following requirements: 

  • Completion of English 101 and 102, Speech 201 and Art 103 or their equivalents, with grades of “C” or better 
  • Successful completion of Math 120 or equivalent 
  • GPA of at least 2.75 on at least 60 hours earned 
  • The achievement of passing scores on all three sections of the Praxis Pre-Professional Skills Test
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty 
  • Clear criminal record from South Carolina Law Enforcement Division

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22710 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11355 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    11208 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5604 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Spartanburg

  • 948 - 1650 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Financial aid programs at USC Upstate make it easier for many students to attend school who could not do so if left entirely to their own resources. The three general categories of federally-sponsored financial aid programs offered by the University to qualified undergraduate students include loans, grants, scholarships and work-study programs.

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