Required Foundation Courses (18 Credits)
ARS100Drawing: Visual Thinking I 3
ARS101Drawing: Visual Thinking II 3
ARS102Design: Color3
ARS103Design: Form3
ARH201Art of the Western World I 3
ARH202Art of the Western World II 3
Required Art Education Courses (18 Credits)
ARE200Art Criticism 3
ARE302Curriculum and Instruction 3
ARE391Fieldwork in art Education II1
ARE303Theory and Practice 4
ARE305Disability Studies in Art Education3
Required Educational Studies Courses (6 Credits)
Select six credits, by advisement, of Educational Studies courses: 16
Sociological and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Developing Adolescence
or EDS371
Child Psychology and Development
Upper-Division Art History Requirement (6 Credits)
Select, by advisement, two upper-division Art History courses 26
Basic Art Studio or Art Education Courses (15 Credits)
ARE316Learning in Digital Visual Cultures3
Select, by advisement, four additional ARS or ARE courses demonstrating breadth of two-dimensional and three-dimensional processes 312
Upper-division Art Studio Courses (9 Credits)
Select, by advisement, three upper-division ARS courses in one studio area 49
Student Teaching (12 Credits)
ARE405Student Teaching in Art Pre-K-6 6
ARE406Student Teaching in Art 7-12 6
Total Credits84

Other Requirements

  • A grade of C or better is required in all major courses.
  • Each major candidate must complete a minimum of 48 liberal arts credits as well as a minimum of 45 upper-division credits.
  • To obtain NYS teacher certification through the New Paltz Art Education program, students must complete two semesters of a language other than English. Students with no previous language study must complete a two-semester sequence in a language (6 credits, 101 and 102); students who can be placed at an intermediate or advanced level must complete one course (3 credits, 201 or higher).

This eight-semester plan (see important details) is intended to guide a first-year student through a four-year undergraduate career, with completion of an academic major and all college-wide degree requirements. The plan is designed as an advising tool – a starting point for careful discussions between a student and his/her academic adviser. In consultation, the student and adviser will adjust the plan to accommodate the student’s prerequisite needs, transferred credits, and other such variables.

Students are responsible for reviewing their Progress Reports each semester to track their own progress toward degree requirements.

Eight-Semester Plan
Year 1
ENG160 Composition I 3
Gen Ed: Foreign Languages (FLNG) 3
ARS100 Drawing: Visual Thinking I 3
ARH201 Art of the Western World I 3
ARS102 Design: Color 3
ENG180 Composition II 3
Gen Ed: Foreign Languages (FLNG) 3
ARS101 Drawing: Visual Thinking II 3
ARS103 Design: Form 3
ARH202 Art of the Western World II 3
Year 2
Developing Adolescence
or Child Psychology and Development
Gen Ed: Mathematical Inquiry (MATH) 3
Gen Ed: Natural Sciences (NSCI) 3
Basic Studio 6
EDS340 Sociological and Philosophical Foundations of Education 3
ARE200 Art Criticism 3
Gen Ed: Western Civilization (WEST) 3
Gen Ed: Natural Sciences (NSCI) 3
Basic Studio 3
Year 3
ARE190 3
ARE191 1
Gen Ed: World Civilizations and Cultures (WRLD) 3
Upper-division Art History - Contemporary Art (by advisement) 3
ARE316 Learning in Digital Visual Cultures 3
Upper-division Art Studio 3
Gen Ed: Humanities (HUM) 3
ARE302 Curriculum and Instruction 3
ARE391 Fieldwork in art Education II 1
Upper-division Art History - Non-Western Art (by advisement) 3
Upper-division Art Studio 3
Gen Ed: Diversity (DIVR) 3
Year 4
ARE303 Theory and Practice 4
ARE305 Disability Studies in Art Education 3
Basic Studio 3
Upper-division Art Studio 3
Gen Ed: Writing Intensive (WI) 3-4
ARE405 Student Teaching in Art Pre-K-6 6
ARE406 Student Teaching in Art 7-12 6
 Total Credits120-121