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2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art — P-12, BAE

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Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine and Performing Arts

70 credits


The broad instructional concept is to integrate the components of art history, art criticism, and studio art courses, university courses, Gallery Exhibition Program and the permanent collection. The student learns to interpret, analyze and make intelligent judgments about art as well as learning the skills and concepts of the studio. A grasp of the dynamic nature of a culture and the continuing extension of its visual language is a fundamental objective.

This major must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in secondary education and leads to an endorsement in visual arts. See the Secondary Education  section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.

Why Consider an Art P-12 Major?

Students choose to study art in order to understand the history, traditions and conventions of art and art criticism, for herein lies the intelligible language of art and the heritage of humankind. The B.A. Ed. in Art will prepare you to teach this language and heritage to students, from pre-school to 12th grades. The program will introduce you to curricular design in the arts and the 4 components of Discipline Based Art Education which is an approach to the teaching of Art Education that encompasses criticism, history, aesthetics, and art studio.

 Contact Information

Department Chair
Julia Sapin
Fine Arts 116

Art Major Information
Fine Arts 116

Teacher Education Admissions
Miller Hall 150

Secondary Education website

Secondary Education
Program Coordinator

Christina Carlson
Miller Hall 401A

Secondary Education Program Manager
Janna Cecka
Miller Hall 401C

 Sample Careers

Art Educator | Art Therapy

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Most classes in the Studio area are restricted to majors only. To access classes in this area, an online application to the Department of Art and Art History is required at cfpa.wwu.edu/art/admissions. The application will include a portfolio of recent work and an unofficial transcript of any college-level courses already taken. Application Deadlines: Application deadlines are by midnight on October 15 and January 31. 

Grade Requirements

A grade of C (2.0) or better is required for courses in the elementary education professional program and all courses required for the endorsement.


Additional Requirements

Departmental Honors

In addition to the general requirements for all honors students, an art major who wishes to graduate with honors must complete an honors senior project in art.

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