What will I learn?

Accredited by NASAD, the major national accreditation organization for design and education, USC Upstate offers a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education that leads to initial certification to teach art in K-12 schools.

This practical preparation of qualified individuals is designed to provide graduates experiences in studio art, art history, educational theories and dispositions that will prepare them to teach effectively.


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


  • Spartanburg Art Museum
  • The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg
  • The Public Schools of the Upstate
  • BA Art Education
  • Entrance Requirements
  • Program of Study


The main mission of the program is to support the University’s mission by working to improve our students’ ability to be effective communicators and to increase their awareness of environments of art and education, as well as to consider shifts in visual codes. The integrated content areas of visual arts theory: Production, history, criticism and aesthetics, develop the needed creative and technical skills in problem solving.

A focus of the program is to prepare our highly trained candidates to be licensed in K-12 art classrooms or find suitable work in museums and community art organizations in the Upstate and surrounding communities.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts, Humanities, And Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 hours)

Tuition fees
US$22,710.00 per year
USD $11,355 per semester, USD $208 per credit hour for each hour above 16 hours
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


University of South Carolina Upstate

800 University Way,


South Carolina,

29303, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must earn a grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses to be considered for admission.

For international students

An international student at the University must be proficient in English (i.e., a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 500 (paper based) or 173 (computer based) or 61 (internet based) or IELTS of 6; TOEFL is not required of students whose native language is English) and be a high-school graduate (which means you must have completed about 12 years of pre-collegiate education in your country of origin).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

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