Information For Undergraduates - The Pennsylvania State University
The School of Visual Arts at Penn State helps prepare students for careers as either studio artists or as art educators through a combination of professional and liberal studies. The B.A. or B.F.A. degree can be earned in any of six studio areas, ceramics, drawing and painting, new media, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. The B.Des. can be earned in Interdisciplinary Digital Studio, and the B.S. in Art Education.
The B.A. degree combines a comprehensive liberal education with professional studies in art. The B.F.A. is a professional degree that develops the competence necessary for a career in art or as preparation for graduate study in art. The B.Des in Interdisciplinary Digital Studio prepares students in digital art and design careers that explore, critically appraise, and further push the boundaries of emerging technologies. The B.S. in Art Education helps prepare art teachers for either elementary or secondary schools, for educational positions in museums, arts centers, health or custodial care centers, and similar institutions. Graduates of the Art Education program will have met all of the academic requirements for a teaching certificate in Pennsylvania and in about thirty other states as well.
Graduates of the B.A., B.F.A., and B.Des. degree programs are eligible to pursue graduate studies toward either the M.A. or M.F.A., and those who have earned the B.S. in Art Education are qualified to apply for admission to an M.Ed. or an M.A. (and eventually an Ed.D. or a Ph.D.) program in art education or in art therapy.
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