Bachelor of Fine Arts in
Art Education



Art is more than just creativity. It’s the most personal form of expression there is but the ability to help guide another artist to express themselves fully is an artform in itself. RMCAD’s Art Education Online Program teaches artists just like you how to acquire the technical tools and teaching philosophies, all while experiencing it through the power of the internet. It’s your education on your time.

Program Highlights

Psychology of Creativity

Classroom Management


Performance Standards

Student Evaluation

Fine Arts Emphasis

Online BFA Degree Requirements

Each Art Education student chooses an emphasis area:

Animation Emphasis
Graphic Design Emphasis
Illustration Emphasis

Art Education Online prepares you to take your first steps into the classroom, with confidence. It’s the connection between culture and self-expression, that will inspire others. 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 OL Art Education students will spend time in K-12 art classrooms throughout their degree. Each student will locate local art classrooms to observe licensed art teachers and their students. A majority of the observations occur during the school day and are conducted in person. 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. 

As a RMCAD student, you are joining a supportive community of art educators:

  • Learn from skilled art education instructors
  • Unique curriculum designed to maximize your learning
  • Personalized student teaching placements
  • Small online class sizes for individual attention

RMCAD’s Art Education Program is approved by both the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Commission of 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. The opportunities don’t stop there  – universities and technical schools need qualified art education instructors too. The opportunities are numerous!

Career possibilities:

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

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As a student in the Art Education Online Program, you’ll develop teaching experience that will set you up for success in the classroom. Our online students explore critical inquiry as well as teaching philosophies and techniques that allow you to embrace your own unique teaching style.

Be a part of enhancing a child’s love for art.


Unleash your full artistic potential by becoming a mentor and a guide to the next generation of talented artists! Be what inspires. Learn more about RMCAD’s Art Education Online Program.

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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