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2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art Education, Animation Emphasis, BFA

Art Education, Animation Emphasis, 4-Year Plan  

Art Education Department Mission

The mission of the Art Education department is to create articulate, judicious, and socially conscious art educators who can effectively translate the language and process of an artist into a teaching philosophy that encourages informed and active decision-making skills and critical inquiry.

Art Education Program Description

Teaching artists share their expertise, knowledge, and skills to motivate others to learn about, think about, and create art. The Art Education program at RMCAD is designed to develop a strong artist practice in unison with effective and appropriate education techniques and knowledge. The program is offered in both ground and online modalities. 

RMCAD Art Education students understand young people’s experiences in relation to society and advocate for the arts as a literacy that contributes to the development of the global community. Art Education majors develop their ability to communicate ideas, experiences, and events at a sophisticated level through an undergraduate education focused on creativity, innovation, leadership, conceptual thinking, and technical expertise. 

RMCAD Art Education graduates are leaders, innovators, and thinkers poised to enrich the profession. They can inspire young learners to become communicators, critical thinkers, researchers, problem solvers, group contributors, and responsible artists who consciously consider personal and societal values. 

Educated to be lifelong learners, graduates are conversant with the role of education with technology; contemporary art; the language, concepts, and skills of art; the history of ideas and events; and they believe that everyone should have the opportunity to explore ideas and meaning in and through the arts. Additionally, the strong studio art backgrounds the graduates have gained at RMCAD help to inform their teaching and personal art practices. 

Accreditation + Licensure

The RMCAD Art Education teacher preparation program is approved by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE). RMCAD graduates in Art Education are prepared to apply for a K-12 teaching license in Art with the Colorado Department of Education. The program is designed in accordance with CDE and the Teacher Quality Standards for Colorado Teachers and knowledge of: literacy, mathematics, standards and assessment, content standards, classroom and instructional management, individualization of instruction, technology, and democracy, educational governance, and careers in teaching.  

The RMCAD Art Education program is offered in both ground and online modalities.  On-ground and online courses use the same Course Learning Outcomes and Program Learning Outcomes for a consistent learning experience across modalities.   

RMCAD’s Art Education BFA program allows graduates to become licensed to teach K-12 visual art in the state of Colorado. Students seeking licensure outside of Colorado should work with the state board of education in their desired state to determine licensure requirements and whether a Colorado teaching license can be transferred to their desired state.  

Art Education: State Authorization and Professional Licensure

(State Authorization - NCSARA resources and Complaint information added October 2021)

State Authorization (for full documentation and information - RMCAD_NCSARA Disclosure_20210916  )

The Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) is approved by Colorado Commission on

Higher Education and the Colorado Department of Education. RMCAD is also authorized by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer online programs to students located in the state of California.

RMCAD is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). As described by NC-SARA, “SARA is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offerings of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.” For more information about State Authorization, please go here: NC-SARA Information

Complaints to External Agencies

Several external agencies are also available to students who have exhausted all other opportunities for complaint resolution.

The Colorado Department of Higher Education regulates Colorado institutions of higher education. Their complaint policy may be found here.

Complaints regarding the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the criteria of institutional accreditation may be directed to the Higher Learning Commission. Their complaint policy may be found here.

A list of agencies, by state, to whom students may file a complaint can be found at RMCAD_AE_Complaint_Contact   .


Program Requirements

Students enrolled in the RMCAD Art Education program must complete and pass the fingerprint requirement and Colorado Bureau of Investigation background check during the first term enrolled in an Art Education course.  Students must also inform the program of any changes in their background check that could impact their eligibility for teacher licensure. 

During the degree program, students will complete 800 hours of field experience in local schools and community arts organizations with 200 hours completed before student teaching.  Students in online courses will be asked to establish a relationship with a local school or schools in order to complete their field experience hours.   Additionally, teacher candidates must be prepared to student teach for 16 weeks during their final term at RMCAD which may not coincide with the RMCAD academic calendar. Finally, the PRAXIS test must be taken and passed by the teacher candidate before s/he can apply to CDE for teacher licensure. 

All full-time and part-time Art Education students must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in order to graduate from the Art Education degree program. 

Art Education Program Learning Outcomes

The Art Education Department uses Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Educator Preparation Standards, which include Educator Preparation Teacher Quality Standards (5.0 - 5.04), Educator Preparation English Language Learner Standards (EL), and the Visual Arts Standards (Grades K-12) (4.04). 

CDE Defining Practices in the Visual Arts RMCAD Program Learning Outcomes
Arts-Based Research Arts: Arts-based research practices include inquiry that is part of artmaking and research approaches that are artistic in nature. Pedagogical strategies guide students into forming a question, finding resources, making, analyzing the results and looking at next steps is aligned with established research forms. Arts-based research is able to address complex issues to deepen understanding and engage empathy.

Apply art-based research techniques in instruction.

Implement various pedagogical approaches that best support learning through arts instruction.

Agency: Artistic agency is the acknowledged ability to make choices and create change. Develop lessons and instruction that represent the importance of making choices and creating change through art.
Instructional Practices: A “master” educator is one who is continuing to learn and improve. “Mastery” can be seen as engagement in processes of continual learning. Art teachers can actively construct learning experiences that build off of students’ prior understanding and support growth. Utilize various forms of feedback and learning experiences to support continuous development as educators.
Assessment Practices: Assessment in the arts classroom involves a variety of practices to monitor and track student learning through describing, collecting, recording, scoring, and dialogue. Effective assessment techniques can improve classroom instruction, empower students, heighten student interest and motivation, and provide the teacher with continuous feedback on student progress. Apply a variety of assessment practices in order to develop and support classroom instruction, motivation, and continuous feedback on the learning process.
Artistic Praxis: Artistic praxis encompasses various reciprocal relationships that occur when learning by making art. The making may precede the forming of a concept. It includes relationships between critical reflection and action, material and envisioned image, and lived experience and final product. Connect personal art making processes to development as educators.
Synthesis/Creative Thinking: Synthesis is the combination of parts or elements to form a whole. It includes the creative processes of finding visual problems and creating unique solutions by combining multiple ideas, and influences.

Explore issues, ideas, artifacts, and events to apply creative thinking while producing work.

Create assumptions, contextualize information, identify problems, and conceptualize responses.

Professional Practices: Teachers demonstrate professionalism through ethical conduct, reflection, and leadership. Demonstrate professionalism in the field through ethical conduct, reflection, and leadership.
Composition: Teachers demonstrate professionalism through their attention to composition in works produced or created. Artists/Educators seek to be models of high standards in art and education. Produce quality work that meets high expectations regarding structure, grammar, and attention to detail.


Liberal Arts-Art Ed | 45 credits

Art History - Art Education

Communication + Critical Thought

Physical + Natural Science

Art Ed-Fine Arts | 15 credits

Total Credits Required: 125

168 Weeks