- CONTINUING ED
- PUBLIC PROGRAMS
- COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
|The ACT Program allows eligible BFA students to major in one area and minor in either Teacher Credential Preparation or Community Arts Engagement. Students choose ACT coursework as part of elective options based on their consultations with Department Chairs or faculty advisors and the ACT Coordinator. Students take 14-18 credits depending on their major and their selected ACT concentration.|
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Declare an ACT Minor through Interdisciplinary Studies
The ACT Program offers two minors:
The Teacher Credential Preparation Minor prepares students who wish to pursue the California Single Subject in Art Teaching Credential needed to teach in California Kindergarten -12th grade public schools. As a CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing-approved Subject Matter in Art Program, the combined coursework of this track with the Fine Arts BFA requirements satisfy the CA Subject Matter in Art requirements, and upon graduation, students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 will qualify for a CSET (California Subject Exam for Teachers) waiver. A fifth year of study at another institution is required to complete the remaining CA Single Subject Credential requirements. This track is open only to Fine Arts majors and requires 18 credits of ACT coursework in place of LAS and Studio electives.
The Community Arts Engagement Minor prepares students who wish to work in art/design education and community based art/design practices in areas outside of K-12 public schools, such as museum education departments, community arts centers, correctional facilities, therapeutic arts programs, public art, and design firms that focus on educational materials and the use of design as an agent for positive social change. This track is open to all students who have 14-18 LAS and Studio elective credits available in their majors.
ACT Program Goals:
Students enrolled in the ACT Concentration will...
• Develop a meaningful connection between their studio art/design practice and an engagement with their community.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the practices and theories of arts education and community engagement.
• Gain an understanding of career opportunities for community-based and teaching artists/designers.
• Gain professional practice training through off-campus teaching and community arts internships.
Students enrolled in the Teacher Credential Preparation track will also:
• Successfully complete the Single Subject Matter in Art Requirements needed to pursue the Teaching Credential offered by the State of California.
Subject Matter in Art Compentency Evaluations:
Evaluation of subject-matter competency (CSET Waiver) for non-Otis ACT: Teacher Credential Preparation students is available for a $80.00 fee and takes 6-8 weeks to complete.
• Download the SMArtCE application instructions and application form. [PDF]