Bachelor of Fine Arts in
Art Education


The expression “art speaks where words are unable to explain,” is the reason why exploring your artistic side is a powerful way to share your creative vision. More powerful still is the ability to share that creativity through the art of teaching. Being the one awakening another person’s joy is an art in itself. RMCAD’s Art Education classes are helping students acquire the technical tools and teaching philosophies they need to hone their skills both as an artist, and as a teacher!

Program Highlights

Psychology of Creativity

Classroom Management


Performance Standards

Student Evaluation

Fine Arts Emphasis

On-campus BFA Degree Requirements

Each Art Education student chooses an emphasis area:

Animation Emphasis
Fine Art Emphasis
Graphic Design Emphasis
Illustration Emphasis

Art Education is the nexus of the cultural expression of yesterday and today, delivered to students in a format that excites and inspires. You will learn theoretical approaches to contemporary art teaching, a critical lens to examine school practices, and core teaching methods that are unique to your style, while tapping into your own creativity with 15 credit hours in your emphasis area. 

All Art Education students will spend time in K-12 art classrooms throughout their degree. Each student will locate local art classrooms in which to observe licensed art teachers and their students. Most of our art education courses have observation hours built into the curriculum to support RMCAD students in understanding the complexity of the teaching profession. In addition, each RMCAD student will complete two student teaching terms (elementary and middle/secondary) where they will work full time and in-person with mentor teachers.

* RMCAD offers classes year-round in both on-campus and online delivery formats. At RMCAD, we believe that online learning is an important part of the overall college learning experience. To provide students multiple scheduling options, diverse learning modalities, and experience in the virtual environment, all on-campus students are required to take part in online education.

As a RMCAD student, you are joining a supportive community of art educators. You’ll experience:

  • Hands-on learning from experienced art instructors
  • Small class sizes for individual attention
  • Personalized student teaching placements
  • Unique curriculum designed to maximize your learning 

RMCAD’s Art Education Program is approved by both the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. Graduates can apply for a Colorado K-12 teaching license in visual arts and begin their career of shaping lives in the classroom. But the opportunities don’t stop there. Universities and technical schools need qualified art education instructors too!  

Career possibilities:

  • Art therapist
  • Art teacher
  • Museum educator
  • After school educator
  • Art director
  • Curriculum designer

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As a student in the Art Education Program, you’ll get on-the-ground teaching experience that gives you the opportunity to develop real-world skills that set you up for success in the classroom. Our students explore critical inquiry while they delve into teaching philosophies and techniques that allow you to develop your own unique teaching style.

With a high-level of support and resources throughout your art education, you’ll graduate confident and ready to inspire a new generation of talented artists.

The world is full of artists with unlimited potential! Are you ready to become a mentor and guide the next generation of great artists? Become a part of what inspires with a RMCAD Bachelor’s in Art Education.

Teaching License Information

The RMCAD Art Education teacher preparation program is approved by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE). RMCAD graduates in Art Education are prepared to apply for a K-12 teaching license in Art with the Colorado Department of Education.

RMCAD’s Art Education BFA allows graduates to apply for their Colorado Teaching Licensure and teach in the state of Colorado. Students interested in teaching in another state will first apply for their Colorado Licensure through the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and then may be eligible to transfer licensure to their state. Students should contact their state licensing agency to find out the exact requirements for transferring an out of state license.


There’s no substitute for a great teacher. To become one, you must have one. RMCAD’s Art Education instructors are invested in your success.

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