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What will I learn?

The undergraduate Art Education program leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Visual Arts Education. The curriculum plan includes courses in Studio Art, Art Criticism, Art History, Art Education, and General Education. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 is required for admission to the Art Studio program, which is a prerequisite for the Art Education program. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required for admission to Art Education, and students must earn a grade of B- or better in all Art Education (ARE) courses.

Upon successful completion of the baccalaureate program, students are eligible for New York State initial certification to teach art in the public schools.

Visual Arts Education major - 84 credits

Required Foundation courses.........................18 credits
ARS100 Drawing: Visual Thinking I (3)
ARS101 Drawing: Visual Thinking II (3)
ARS102 Design: Color (3)
ARS103 Design: Form (3)

ARH201 Art of the Western World I (3)
ARH202 Art of the Western World II (3)

Required Art Education courses.....................18 credits
ARE200 Art Criticism (3) or ARS112 Art Seminar (3)
ARE300 Contemporary Approaches Art Ed (3)
ARE302 Curriculum & Instruction (3)
ARE303 Theory & Practice (4)
ARE305 Disability Studies in Art Education (3) or SPE350 Creating Inclusive Elementary School Classrooms (3) or SPE385 Differentiating Instruction in the Secondary School (3)
ARE390 Fieldwork in Art Education I (1)
ARE391 Fieldwork in Art Education II (1)

Required Educational Studies courses.............6 credits
Under advisement by Art Education faculty, each major candidate is required to take six credits of Educational Studies courses, of which three credits must address issues pertaining to special populations:
EDS340 Sociological & Philosophical Foundations of Education (3)
EDS372 Developing Adolescence (3) or EDS371 Child Psychology & Development (3)

Upper-division Art History requirement...........6 credits
By advisement, each major candidate must take two upper-division Art History courses, one in non-Western art and one in contemporary art.

Basic Art Studio or Art Education courses.......15 credits
ARE316 Learning in Digital Visual Cultures (3)

Which department am I in?

School of Fine & Performing Arts

Study options

Full Time (8 semesters)

Tuition fees
US$17,998.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

15 December 2021, 15 May 2022

Start date

24 January 2022, 29 August 2022


School of Fine & Performing Arts

SUNY New Paltz,

1 Hawk Drive,


New York,

12561, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To qualify for the BS in Computer Engineering + MS in Electrical Engineering program, students must have completed the first semester of their junior year in residence at SUNY New Paltz with an overall SUNY New Paltz GPA of at least 3.0.

For international students

Students must have a high school degree and a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (or an 85% grade average or higher).

English Language Proficiency: TOEFL iBT – 80; IELTS - 6.5; PTE Academic – 58; Duolingo English Test – 105. Application Deadlines: December 15 for Spring semester (January start); May 15 for Fall semester (August start).

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


About State University of New York at New Paltz

The State University of New York at New Paltz is an affordable yet high-quality university offering a diverse range of programs.

  • Affordable, high-quality university
  • Small class sizes with a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Builds future professionals with lasting skills
  • Academic English pathway program available