Undergraduate Catalog

Art Education: Major

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)

Four (4) additional ARS or ARE courses demonstrating breadth of two-dimensional and three-dimensional processes, selected under advisement by Art Education faculty.

Upper-division Art Studio courses...................9 credits
Under advisement by Art Education faculty, each major candidate is required to take three (3) upper-division ARS courses in one studio area (Ceramics, Graphic Design, Metal, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture).

Student teaching.......................................12 credits
ARE405 Student Teaching in Art Pre-K-6 (6)
ARE406 Student Teaching in Art 7-12 (6)


  • A grade of B- or better is required in all Art Education (ARE) courses.
  • Each major candidate must complete a minimum of 45 upper-division credits.

Notice to Persons Who Have Prior Felony Convictions

State University of New York (SUNY) policy prohibits SUNY New Paltz admission applications from inquiring into an applicant’s prior criminal history.  Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet the licensure requirements for certain professions, including the program in Visual Arts Education. 

Individuals with prior criminal histories are advised to seek advice and guidance from the chair of the academic department regarding the impact of a criminal record on meeting the requirements of the major/professional licensure or certification prior to declaring the major.