• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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A program of general studies and education requirements for secondary licensure support the degree. This Art Education at Southern Utah University enables students to develop a basis for art education that is informed by an understanding of various media, the elements and principles of art, historical and cultural art contexts and effective teaching practices. The BFA is fundamentally different from a BA or BS, because it requires 74 credits in art and design, rather than 40 to 50. It is the preferred degree for art educators.

Program Highlights

  • SUU has the only program in the Utah System of Higher Education that is nationally accredited in art and design.
  • SUU has the only Art and Design Department in the Utah System of Higher Education that is a member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
  • SUU has the only accredited BFA Art Education program in the Utah System of Higher Education.
  • The faculty are committed artists/educators who guide and involve their students in many small group and individual endeavors that promote aesthetics, critical thinking and art production.
  • The students participate in Art Insights, a uniquely enlightening, energizing and unifying program of visiting artists and designers.
  • SUU art education students are active participants and attendants in Utah Art Education Association events.

Possible Careers

  • Middle school art educator
  • High school art educator
  • Art specialist in public or private schools
  • Museum educator
  • Art center educator
  • Educational text author
  • Art curriculum director at the district or state level
  • Art education consultant
  • Arts council educator
  • and many others!

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles of Art Education 
  • Secondary Art Teaching Methods 
  • Schools, Society, and Diversity 
  • Educating Exceptional Students
  • Photography Principles: Black and White / Darkroom

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 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 is initially open, however, all Art & Design majors are required to schedule a Foundation Review through the department secretary during the semester that the student’s combined ART and ARTH (Art History) credits total 24 or more
    • This review may require repetition of courses, deny entrance, or grant acceptance into a degree program
    •  The student must bring to the review examples of actual work from each ART studio class that they have taken or, in the case of the Art History degree, examples of their writing about art
    • The student will be notified, in writing, of the action of the review committee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20822 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10411 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    19822 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9911 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6006 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3003 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cedar City

  • 870 - 1510 USD/month
    Living Costs

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