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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


Feb. 16th, 2010

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the next 10 days to the AAC chair, Jeffrey Bossworth , 206 Pinecrest Manor, ext. 4762.


Rationale for change: 

The purpose of the program change to the Bachelor of Science in Art Education (BSE.AE) to:

1)      Add ARE 4430 Art Education Field Experience, a pre-student teaching field experience course, to the program in order to comply with the existing 120 hours required by PDE for certification. The current program contains approximately 70 hours of documented field experience.

2)      Change one foundation course by moving ART 2250 Figure Drawing to a course option in 2-D/Graphics cluster and adding ART 2200 Foundations in New Media to the freshman foundation requirements.  The change reflects the growing need to give all majors the basic hardware and software knowledge and skills to participate upper level digital studio requirements.

3)      Add ARH 3329 History of African-American Art to the electives in the Art History requirements for art education majors.  Currently students only have 2 choices: ARH 3330 History of American Art or ARH 4409 Women in Art. The options are limited because students must have a “concentration” in one area of art history for certification.  Mansfield’s art education program reflects what is considered a concentration in modern art history.

List all changes:

a.       Add ART 2200 Foundations in New Media to the freshman foundations requirements

b.      Move ART 2250 Figure Drawing (formerly a freshman foundation requirement) to the 2-D/Graphics Cluster

                b.  Add ARE 4430  Art Education Field Experience to the Professional Block

                c.  Change program description for catalog and website.

                d.  Add GRA 3350 Typography to the Digital/Media Cluster

                e. Update changes to course names (changed under previous course change fall 2009):

                                                ART 3365 Computer Art to ART 3365 Digital Imaging & Illustration

                                                ART 3342 Advertising, Lettering & Design to ART 3342 Design & Advertising

                                                GRA 1101 Intro to Graphic Design to GRA 2202 Intro to Graphic Design

Program Description for Catalog (if changed):

Art Department Mission

The mission of the Art Department at Mansfield University is to develop and sustain flourishing programs within the visual arts that support the needs of its undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, and continuing education students, as well as members of the community seeking personal enrichment.

The Art Department’s three undergraduate programs and graduate program will continue to meet the needs of tomorrow’s students, helping them to cultivate careers as art educators, art historians, graphic designers, museum facilitators, and as leaders and entrepreneurs within our communities.

Through all interactions, the Art Department strives to exemplify and teach respect for the art and scholarly community, engendering positive character, the ability to think critically, give and receive constructive feedback, and conduct their actions in an ethical and professional manner. Seamlessly imbedded into the curriculum, is a focus on visual literacy and global awareness, creating a vibrant and comprehensive visual arts program—inherent to the fabric of any strong, liberal arts university and essential in developing individuals who will grow, care for, and leave a positive imprint on the world.

Art Department Vision

The Art Department will serve as a cultural center of the visual arts for the University and outlying communities.  Through ongoing evaluation of program goals, content and structure, the Art Department will keep these programs vital, innovative, and in step with current best practices.

By continuing to foster a creative and flexible program structure, the Art Department will seek to provide an educational format that provides students with the ability to acquire necessary life and career competencies.

With the support of the University, the Art Department will continue to offer a gallery venue through which professional artists, students, and faculty may exhibit their artwork—further establishing accessibility of the arts within our region.

Art Education Program Mission    

The Art Education program guides prospective teachers to meet the certification requirements of Pennsylvania Department of Education by providing a rich foundation in studio art production skills, art history, aesthetics, theory, and practice of art education.  Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the graduate is qualified to teach art in the pre-kindergarten, elementary, and secondary schools (PreK-12). For specific learning outcomes of the Art Education program, please see the Art Department web page.


Students will learn how to insightfully probe and observe artwork and understand the differences that exist in the classroom.  We respect and value the unique backgrounds, abilities, and interests of all students.


We understand that individuals’ identity can be shaped by the social and cultural groups to which they belong.  We strive to embrace diversity of peoples, philosophies, and cultural histories in instruction, consistently modeling for students the importance of understanding and valuing of others.


We are involved in our community by sponsoring opportunities for professional development conferences, art gallery exhibitions and artist talks, art classes and summer camps. We provide teacher-candidates with opportunities to participate in the student chapter of both Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) and National Art Education Association (NAEA).


Art is a core discipline and we practice high standards in its study and practice of art production, art history, aesthetics, and art criticism.  Future art teachers must value art as a means of communication, as historical components of civilization, and as a provider of a unique form of knowledge.  We work to ensure that our students are exposed to campus-wide faculty and community/national/international art educators and leaders who are strongly committed to the advancement of scholarship and teaching in visual arts.

Incoming freshman and transfer students must submit a portfolio for review and have a personal interview conducted by art faculty for acceptance into the program. Portfolios should be submitted under the Art Department guidelines (see Art Dept. web page).  Deadlines are:  Fall admittance prior to April 30th; spring admittance prior to November 15th.

 Art Education majors are required to meet a 3.0 grade average at the time they are admitted to the professional education program (after 48 credits), at the time of student teaching, and at graduation.  A negative TB tine test, the Act 34 Pennsylvania Police, Act 151 Child Abuse, and PA FBI clearances must be filed and current at 48 credits and again at student teaching.  In keeping with the Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements, all students are required to take: 6 credits of math; 3 credits of English composition; 3 credits of English literature; and pass the Praxis I exam.  All studio and professional courses must be completed before student teaching. Graduating students must successfully complete the Praxis II examination both in general studies and their area of specialization to be certified to teach in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education, and Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools accredit the Art Education program at Mansfield University.

Program requirements:  Art Education (B.S.E.):  129 credit hours

(* courses with asterisk may also satisfy General Education requirements)

Studio - Foundation Cluster- 12 credits required

ART 2240* 2-D Design   3

ART 2244  3-D Design   3

ART 2248  Drawing    3

ART 2200  Foundations in New Media 3

Studio Clusters

Art Studio-9 credits required                                     


2-D/Graphics-3 credits

ART 2218 Photography

ART 2250 Figure Drawing

ART 3301 Painting

ART 3331 Printmaking

ART 3345 2-D Fibers

ART 3261 Waterbase Media

ART 3393 Topics

3-D/Spatial-3 credits

ART 2238 Multicultural Crafts

ART 3271 Ceramics

ART 3281 Sculpture

ART 3346 3-D Fibers

ART 3351 Jewelry

ART 3393 Topics

Digital/Media – 3 credits

GRA 2202 Intro to Graphic Design

GRA 3350 Typography

ART 3365 Digital Imaging & Illustration

ART 3330 Digital Photography

ART 3342 Design & Advertising

ART 3393 Topics

Art Studio-Depth- 12 credits

3000-4000 studios in one cluster- 6 hours

3000-4000 studio electives – 6 hours

Art History- 9 credits

                                                ARH 1101* Introduction to Art 

                                                ARH 3331  Modern Art

One of the following:

ARH 3330 American Art

ARH 4409 Women in Art

ARH 3329 African-American Art

Professional Education- 44

PSY 1101*  Intro to Psychology - 3

ED   1110              Foundations of Education-2

ARE 2211   Intro to Art Education-3

ED   2205*            Educational Psychology-3

                   SPE 1001    Foundations of Special Education-3

                      SPE 2276    Instructional Strategies for English Language Learners-3

                   ART 3300*        Visual Studies in Aesthetic Experiences-3  or

(pre-gate)                                    PHL 3300* Philosophy of the Arts-3

                      SPE 3291     High Incidence Disabilities-3

                   ARE 3291L   High Incidence Disabilities – Art Lab-0

                   SPE 3352    Assessment and Evidence Based Behavior Supports for Inclusion-3

ARE 3390   Art Curriculum & Teaching in Elementary-3

ARE 3393              Art Curriculum & Teaching in Secondary Schools-3

ARE 4430   Art Education Field Experiece-3

ARE 4400              Student Teaching-12

ARE 4403L            Seminar in Art Education-0


Purpose and Nature of Course: Covering visual literacy and the role of the arts in human societies, this globally-oriented art appreciation course is designed to meet the goals of Global Awareness and Information Literacy. 

Prefix: ____ART_____   Number: ___1107_______   CIP:__________________

Course Title: ____________Global Art__________________________

Credit(s) __3___ Undergraduate                            

Course Description for Catalog (limit to four sentences):

A multicultural approach is taken in this course that integrates western and non-western art traditions.  This is pursued by a overview of the general history of image and form in painting, sculpture, ceramics, architecture, jewelry, etc.   Through a thematic design, the course looks at visual creations from several angles encompassing the social, cultural, ethnic, historical, political, and gender.

Prerequisites: ___none__X_____

Courses to be eliminated:  none

If none:  How will increased offerings be staffed? Adjunct position

The course will eventually (upon approval under the new General Education Requirements) help decrease the number of students taking ARH 1101 Introduction to Art both online and on campus.  It is an alternate approach to learning about the importance of art and art history as applicable to everyday life.

New faculty resources needed?   ____Yes   __X__ No

Request that Course be considered for General Education Credit.  Please check all

                applicable boxes.

a.       _____ Satisfy a Group Requirement – specify Group _________

b.      __X___ Satisfy Global Awareness Requirement

c.       __X__ Satisfy Information Literacy Requirement

d.      _____ Satisfy a “Professional Course” for Block 6

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