The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art – Concentration in All-Level Teacher Certification is a 137 credit hour limited access program that provides an intensive background in theoretical knowledge and professional skills. BFA students will develop a personal vision, a high level of competence in technique, and harness the ability to make sound artistic decisions. The BFA in Studio Art is a proficiency-based program, characterized by continuous assessment. Graduating BFA seniors exhibit their work in the Texas A&M University-Commerce University Gallery in their last semester.

To receive a degree in BFA Studio Art with All-Level Teacher Certification, students must successfully complete a minimum 137 credit hours and meet all certification criteria listed below. Students must also remain in the program for a minimum of three long semesters. Students admitted to the BFA program are exempt from any foreign language requirement. Students in the BFA major are not required to select a minor. A departmental advisor can provide additional guidance with regard to entrance and degree requirements.

Academic Performance and Retention
Students are required to have a C or above in all foundation courses to maintain good standing in the Department of Art.  The work and progress of students pursuing baccalaureate degrees will be evaluated both within the classes they take and by the departmental standards established for each major programmatic area (BA in Art, BFA in Photography,  BFA in Studio Art, BFA in Visual Communication).

The Department of Art reserves the right to discontinue enrollment of art majors at any time if satisfactory academic progress is not being made.  Students who have accumulated three unsatisfactory grades (U, D or F) in studio art or visual communication courses at A&M-Commerce or elsewhere may not be permitted to continue, be readmitted, or graduate with a degree in art.  Courses with grades of D or F may be repeated for a grade of C or higher only once.

After completion of ALL degree and certification requirements, students must apply for the teaching certificate online at the SBEC web page Requirements that must be met prior to filing for certification:

  • Continued admission and retention in the Teacher Education Program.
  • Successful completion of all requirements listed on the degree or deficiency plan, including required GPA’s and appropriate tests (i.e., ExCET/TExES and TOPT).
    NOTE:  Degree must be conferred by the university.

Certification Application Procedures:

  1. Go to SBEC website at (Click on “New User? Create New Account” if you are a first-time user.)
  2. Follow directions on web page to apply for certificate. You are applying for your “Standard” teaching certificate. You have completed a “University-Based” program.
  3. Send appropriate fees to SBEC.
  4. Complete all requirements of the National criminal history background check.

* You will receive an email confirmation from SBEC after the university has completed its recommendation. Please DO NOT call to check status. This can be checked online. Once all activities have successfully been performed, SBEC will process the issuing of the certificate. The certificate will be issued and placed on the SBEC website under the “Official Record for Educator Certificates,” and a paper certificate will be printed and mailed to the student at the address provided.

Note: Records that are not fully processed within 60 days will be deleted. If deleted, you will be required to file again through SBEC Online.

Teacher Certification Coordinator: Marilyn Thompson, 903-886-5456,

Core Curriculum Courses
See the Core Curriculum Requirements 42
Required Courses
ART 110 Drawing I 3
ART 111 Two-Dimensional Design and Color Theory 3
ART 112 Drawing II 3
ART 140 Three-Dimensional Design & Color Theory 3
ART 141 Intro to Shop Safety 1
ART 213 Figure Drawing 3
PHO 111 Introduction to Digital Media 3
PHO 112 Basic Photography I 3
GLB/History of Art I *
GLB/History of Art II *
ART 404 GLB/History of Contemporary Art 3
ART 405 History of Modern Art 3
ART 380 Experimental Concepts 3
Sophomore Studio Courses 12
Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Painting
Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Sculpture
Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Ceramics
3 semester hours frrom the following: 3
ART 211 Introduction to Visual Communication 3
PHO 209 Introduction to Video 3
3 sh Advanced Art Electives from: 3
Watercolor I
Painting II: Introduction to Basic Concepts in Painting
Painting III – Intermediate Concepts in Painting
Painting IV: Advanced Concepts in Painting
3 sh Advanced Art Electives from:
Sculpture I A
Sculpture I B
Sculpture II A
3 sh Advanced Art Electives from:
Ceramics I
Ceramics II
Ceramics III
16 additional semester hours in advanced Art, Art History, or Photography courses. 16
Required Support Courses
One semester Field-Based Teacher Education Program:
ETEC 424 Integrating Tech into Curricul 3
PSY 300 Learning Processes and Development 3
RDG 380 Comprehension and Vocabulary in Middle and High Schools 3
SED 300 Teaching Profession 3
SED 400 Pedagogy and Classroom Management in Field-based Environments 3
SED 401 Technology Infused Curriculum and Assessment in Field-based Environments 3
SED 404 Secondary Teaching Practicum 3
SED 405 Secondary Residency in Teaching 6
Total Hours 140
* This course will satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement for Creative Arts or Degree Pathway.