BA in Art
Art Education

There are three possible options for undergraduate students interested in teaching in the arts. To determine the best option for your career goals, consult with Dr. Dewhurst in Shepard 303D.

Option I

Major in Art, Concentration in Teaching Art, Minor in Art Education via School of Education

Best For

Students who are set on teaching in a traditional school setting (i.e. public, private, charter, etc.); students interested in teaching in alternative settings (i.e. museums, community center, etc.).


Students must complete all Art Major requirements with a Concentration in Teaching Art. In addition, when they have completed around 80 credits, they should apply to the School of Education for a Minor in Art Education (this is a formal application process including letters of recommendation, an entrance test, an essay, and an interview).

Additional Notes

– The only way a student can be certified via the state is if they have a Minor in Art Education through the School of Education.

– Students must submit a formal application to the School of Education available from the Art Education Office or from the School of Education’s Office of Student Services in NAC 3/223.

– This option includes student teaching and therefore may take longer than 4 years to complete.

– The School of Education requires students to have a GPA of above 2.7.

Option II

Major in Art, Concentration in Teaching Art

Best For

Students who are interested in teaching in non-school settings; students who are curious about education, but not totally sure they want to teach in a school.


Students must complete all Art Major requirements with a Concentration in Teaching Art.

Additional Notes

– Students who select this option will not be certified by the state and therefore are not eligible to teach in a public school.

– They may be able to teach in a charter/private school depending on the strength of their art, experience, other skills—but in the current climate, even this would be difficult.

– Students would be eligible to teach in a museum, community center, or alternative learning space.

– Students do not complete student teaching.

– Students do not take the state-mandated tests.

Option III

Major in Childhood or Bi-Lingual Education, Co-Major in Art

Best For

Students who want to specialize in teaching in grades 1-6 in a school setting; students whose primary interest is in education, particularly for younger students- with a side interest in the arts.


Students complete all Childhood or Bi-Lingual Education Major requirements that include selecting a “Co-Major” from a list of options provided by the School of Education. When Co-Majoring in Art, they must choose either Studio Art or Art History and then complete the 42 credits of Studio Art or Art History courses required of Art Majors.

Additional Notes

– Students should NOT choose the Teaching in Art Concentration.

– Students are advised primarily through the School of Education (for questions regarding state requirements, certification, and student teaching), but may seek secondary advisement from Art Department faculty related to their Art courses.


Department Core

These courses must be taken as prerequisites before taking additional Art courses:

  • 3 credits each | 9 credits total
  • ART 10000: Intro to the Visual Arts of the World (Core Credit)
  • ART 10100: 2D Design
  • ART 21000: Writing About Art (Core Credit)

Total Core Credits: 9


Art Courses

Required Courses:

  • 3 credits each | 6 credits total
  • ART 15500: Introduction to Art Education
  • ART 25500: Art Education 2

Choose one 2D Course:

  • 3 credits each | 3 credits total
  • ART 10200: Introduction to Drawing
  • ART 10300: Introduction to Printmaking
  • ART 10400: Introduction to Photography
  • ART 10500: Introduction to Painting
  • Or any other approved 2D course.

Choose one 3D Course:

  • 3 credits each | 3 credits total
  • ART 10600: Introduction to Sculpture
  • ART 10700: Introduction to Ceramic Design
  • ART 10800: Introduction to Wood Design
  • ART 10900: 3D Design
  • Or any other approved 3D course.

Art History Course Requirements:

    • Choose one course from Group I, two courses from Group II, and one course from I or II (12 credits):
    • Group I: Visual Arts of the Ancient to Early Modern Worlds
    • Options include: 21012: Egyptian Art and Architecture, 21014: Greek and Roman Art, 21022: Romanesque and Gothic Art, 21024: Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture, 21025: Northern Renaissance Art, 21026: Baroque and Rococo Art in Europe, 21043: Ancient Art of Meso-America, the Andes, and the Caribbean, 21052: Islamic Art, 21053: Art of India and Southeast Asia, 21054: Art of China, Japan, and Korea, 21062: History of Art I, 31116: Artists of Royal India
    • Group II: Visual Arts of the Modern World

Options include:

     21030: Nineteenth Century Art in Europe, 21032: American Art 1776-1900, 21036: Early Modern Art in Europe and the U.S., 21038: Postwar Art in the U.S. and Europe, 21044: Art of Native North America, 21067: History of Design, 21068: History of Graphic Design, 21069: Art Criticism, 21070: Topics in “Outsider” Art, 31012: Arts of Africa, 31013: Contemporary Arts of Africa, 31030: Modern Art in Latin America, 31031: Modern Mexican Art, 31032: Contemporary Art in Latin America, 31034: History of Photography, 31038: Art Since 1980, 31111: Asian Art Since 1900, 31106: Identity Issues in Modern Art, 31118: Themes and Methods of African Arts, 31509: Display in African Arts, 31570: “Outsider” Art Environments

Choose five additional Studio Courses

  • 3 credits each | 15 credits total 

Total Art Credits: 42

Education Courses

Fulfills the NY State Professional Education Courses Requirement

  • EDUC 20500: Adolescent Learning and Development or EDCE 20600 Observing CHildren and their Development (3cr)
  • EDUC 22100: Urban Schools in a Diverse American Society (3cr)
  • EDSE 41200: Reading and Writing in Secondary School Subjects or EDCE 32300 Emergent to Fluent Literacy (3cr)
  • EDLS 32000: Introductions to Inclusive Education (3cr)
  • EDSE 44400 Methods of Teaching Art [offered in Spring] (4cr)
  • EDSE 31207: Curriculum Development in Art Education [offered in Fall] (4cr)

Student Teaching must be completed in your final semester and includes the following three courses. Applications to student teach are due the semester before you plan to graduate.

  • EDSE 46200: Student Teaching [FINAL semester at CCNY] (4cr)
  • EDSE 46301: Seminar on Teaching in Secondary Schools [FINAL semester at CCNY] (2cr)
  • EDUC 41900: Child Abuse and Health Education Seminar [FINAL semester at CCNY] (0cr)

Total Educ Credits: 26

Additional Requirements

  • Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST): To be taken after 75-90 credits
  • Educating All Students Test (EAS): To be taken after EDLS 32000
  • Content Specialty Tests (CST): To be taken prior to student teaching
  • edTPA: To be taken during student teaching

See The City College of New York Course Bulletin/Catalog for courses.

Hello CCNY Art students:

March is advisement month in preparation for Fall 2024 enrollment. 

Please schedule an advisement appointment with our art academic advisor, Lily Ivanov, through EAB Navigate ( Registration for Fall 2024 will begin March 19th; please check your CUNYFirst for your Enrollment Date and make an appointment with Lily Ivanov once a semester to check your progress toward your degree requirements.

Summer 2024 registration is still open. Please don’t hesitate to inquire about our summer course offerings.

We encourage everyone to register early!

Link to DegreeWorks:​

Link to iDeclare:

Link to Art Major Concentrations & Minors Information

EAB Navigate Appointments Link:

CUNY Global Class Search (to check current open course sections):

For general Art Department inquiries, email or call 212-650-7420. Art Department Faculty & Staff emails can be found here & here.

Reminder: It is critical that you use your CCNY email accounts to receive instructions from your professors, CCNY and CUNY. Please also check your courses on Blackboard; announcements from individual professors may be posted there or sent to your CCNY email account.

We wish you a productive and enjoyable Spring term!

(Updated 2/7/24)


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