Frequently Asked Questions

For Future Students: Art

For Future Students: Art

Tell me about the BFA in Art Education

The mission of the Art Education Program at Tennessee Tech University is to cultivate professional art educators who understand the discipline of art as skill development in creativity and innovation, understand the diversity of students and how they can successfully learn, and most importantly as art teachers to understand how to become empathic toward their future art students.  The art education program is based upon state, regional and national visual arts standards and reflects TTU’s educational conceptual framework for the perpetration of “competent and caring professionals for a diverse, technological society.

What classes are required to graduate with a BFA in Art Education?

View the requirements on  The degree program requires 120 hours of classes:  57 hours of Art including 16 hours of Studio Emphasis where they can choose from painting or craft classes such as  clay, fiber, metal, wood or glass; 28 hours in Education; 35 hours in General Core Classes.

Are all my classes taught at TTU's main campus?

No, the majority of the art/education classes will be taught at the main campus in the Bryan Fine Arts Building.  It is a 55,000 square foot structure that included 28 faculty with offices, studios and classrooms.  The art education classroom is equipped with the most up to date technology in its computer lab.  The painting studio also offers current technology and studio space for advanced painting students.
The majority of the studio emphasis classes are taught at the Appalachian Center for Craft a satellite campus near Smithville, TN located on the beautiful Center Hill Lake.  There are 6 internationally recognized fine craft faculty with staff, offices, galleries and state of the art teaching studios.  The Center promotes excellence in American Craft by teaching tradition and innovation in technique, concept and design.

What are some of the off-campus experiences that the Art Education students will be involved in?

TTU’s art education students will be involved in many field experiences in the local community and schools.  Many of these experiences are from awarded grants to the art education program.

How can I get the undergraduate catalog of classes for TTU/Craft Center?

TTU no longer prints “hard-copies” of the undergraduate catalog.  View the catalog online at

Is financial aid available?

Yes, click on the Financial Aid main webpage on the TTU website for the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as Tennessee’s Lottery scholarship information.

Are there any scholarships for Art Education students?

Yes, for freshmen art educations students there is the Nichols’ Freshman Endowment Scholarship and the Bacchanal Scholarship.  Each require juried portfolios.

What is the deadline for applying for scholarships?

You must apply in the fall by December 15th of each year to become eligible for spring awarded scholarships.

Who is my advisor, or whom do I contact if I have any questions about a specific class?

For freshmen and sophomores your advisor will be This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and for juniors and seniors your advisor will be This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , Director of Art Education.

What are the requirements to be admitted to TTU?

The requirements to be admitted to TTU can be reviewed on the Admissions Page of the TTU website.

How do I transfer to TTU from another university or two-year college?

Visit the Transfer Equivalency page on Tennessee Tech’s website for transfer equivalency tables and evaluation processes.

How do I become certified to become a teacher?

View the TTU Teacher Education website to review the requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program.   TTU also offers post-baccalaureate art education certification.

For more information...

Contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , Director of Art Education.  Tennessee Tech University, Box 5045, Cookeville, TN, 38505. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

How can I learn more about majoring in art at TTU?

Please go to the Admissions section of this web site for complete details.

Where do I park when attending an event in the Bryan Fine Arts Building?

On this campus map, click on "Bryan Fine Arts Building."  For most events, parking is available in the lot across Dixie Avenue from the building. Parking is un-restricted on evenings and weekends. Campus parking is restricted between the weekday hours of 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Visitors may obtain a one-day parking pass from University Police (Phone 931/372-3234).

What if I need special accommodations at events?

On this campus map, click on #6 (Bryan Fine Arts Building) to view complete parking and accessibility information. If additional accommodations are required, please phone the Departmental Office at 931/372-3161 for further assistance.

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