Bachelor of Art Education

Art Education is offered as a degree through the Visual Arts Department In collaboration with the NDSU School of Education. The program is led by Assistant Professor Eric Syvertson, who prior to NDSU was a 10+ year veteran teacher within the West Fargo School District. The mission of the Art Ed program is developing excellent K-12 artist-educators with a focus on professional practice, community engagement, technology integration and advocacy for the arts and design fields. Teacher candidates are prepared to teach and lead within and outside the school setting. Teacher candidates get the best of both worlds: content and studio courses with faculty in the department of Visual Arts and professional education courses from faculty in the School of Education (SOE). We develop excellent artists with a foundation to become impactful teachers. A minimum of 120 credit hours are needed for graduation.


Major Requirements

Degree Type: B.S. Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 120

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specified by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  6. Transfer Students: Must earn a minimum of 60 credits from a baccalaureate-degree granting or professional institution. 
    1. Of these 60, at least 36 must be NDSU resident credits as defined in #7.
    2. Within the 36 resident credits, a minimum of 15 must be in courses numbered 300 or higher and 15 credits in the major field of study.
  7. At least 36 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.


Communication (C)12
ENGL 110College Composition I
ENGL 120College Composition II
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Upper Division Writing

Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39


* May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

† General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable.  Students should carefully review major requirements to determine if specific courses can also satisfy these general education categories.

  •  A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.



Art Education Requirements
ART 210Art History I (May satisfy general education category A)3
ART 211Art History II (May satisfy general education category A)3
Professional Education Requirements
EDUC 321Introduction to Teaching3
EDUC 322Educational Psychology3
EDUC 451Instructional Planning, Methods and Assessment3
EDUC 481Classroom Practice Methods of Teaching I: (Art)3
EDUC 482Classroom Practice/Methods of Teaching II:3
EDUC 485Student Teaching Seminar1
EDUC 486Classroom Management for Diverse Learners3
EDUC 487Student Teaching9
EDUC 488Applied Student Teaching3
EDUC 489Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds3
Teaching Specialty Requirements
Studies in Art History
ART 451History of American Art3
or ART 453Topics in Art History
ART 452Contemporary Art3
Studies in Studio
ART 120Painting I3
ART 122Studio Technology Foundations3
ART 124Foundations of Design3
ART 131Foundations Drawing3
ART 150Ceramics I3
ART 160Sculpture I3
ART 170Printmaking I3
ART 180Photography I3
ART 185Graphic Design I3
ART 230Drawing II3
ART 330Drawing III3
or ART 335Figure Drawing
Art Studio or Art History Elective: Select 3 credits3
Intermediate Studio Course: Select one course from the following:3
ART 220Painting II
ART 250Ceramics II
ART 260Sculpture II
ART 270Printmaking II
ART 280Digital Image and Output
ART 285Graphic Design and Digital Media
Upper Division Studio Electives: Select one course from the following:3
ART 320Topics in Painting
ART 350Topics in Ceramics
ART 360Sculpture III
ART 370Topics in Printmaking
ART 380Topics in Photography
ART 385Advanced Topics in Graphic Design
ART 420Baccalaureate Studio: Painting
ART 430Drawing IV
ART 435Advanced Figure Drawing
ART 450Baccalaureate Studio: Ceramics
ART 460Sculpture IV
ART 470Baccalaureate Studio: Printmaking
ART 480Baccalaureate Studio: Photography
ART 485Baccalaureate Studio: Graphic Design
ART 494Individual Study (IS may be used toward the upper division studio electives. IS can be taken in Ceramics, Digital Media, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture)
Baccalaureate Project:3
ART 489Baccalaureate Project (Capstone)
Total Credits91


  • Courses taken P/F may not be used to satisfy any requirements.
  • GPA of 2.75 or better in the teaching specialty is required for placement in student teaching and exit from the program.
  • A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in all Professional Education Requirement courses.
  • A GPA of 2.75 or better in professional education as well as passing the appropriate Praxis II exam are required to exit the program.
  • See School of Education for admission requirements.
  • For more information, please refer to Official Program Curriculum
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