Arts Education Courses and Schedule

The Visual and Performing Arts Education Program (VAPAE) in the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture is an innovative arts education program that fosters the creative and intellectual growth of UCLA Arts students while providing much needed arts education curricula to children in underserved communities. VAPAE offers courses designed to introduce undergraduates to key issues and methodologies in the field of arts education and to a broad range of careers in the arts, including K-12 teaching, community arts education, museum education, creative arts therapies, and arts advocacy.   

Students from all fields of study are encouraged to participate fully in the VAPAE Program; however the VAPAE minor is only open to selected majors with extensive training in the arts.  

Arts Education Teaching Sequence

The Arts Education Teaching Sequence (AETS), an essential component of the VAPAE minor, comprises three courses (Arts Ed M102, M192, M192SL) in which selected undergraduates explore core issues in arts education, creativity, and social justice. Students are then assigned to K-12 classrooms in the Los Angeles area, where they first observe and then implement an 8-week sequential arts-based unit plan under the supervision of a credentialed guiding teacher. These AETS courses are offered each year, and students may begin the sequential coursework in the Fall or Spring quarters. 

Students interested in Arts Education M102 must fill out an application prior to acceptance into the course - [Download Here]

For more information about the VAPAE minor and the Arts Education Teaching Sequence, please contact the VAPAE Office or the Office of Student Services. 

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2018-19 Course Schedule  

Fall 2018

Arts Education 101 – Introduction to Creative and Expressive Arts Therapies for Multiple Populations

Introduction to creative and expressive arts therapy approaches for social-emotional learning with diverse populations. This course is designed with an emphasis on creative and interdisciplinary parallel processing for teaching artists, through theory and practice. Students will explore the importance and impact of creative art therapy on different age groups and diverse populations, and, in their final project, design their own healing arts workshop.

Mimi Savage, Ph.D., Lecturer + Amy Alterman, TA
Wednesday, 6:00-8:50 p.m.

Arts Education M102 – Introduction to Arts Education for Multiple Publics - Theory and Practice 

Offered as the first course in the Arts Education Teaching Sequence, this course provides an overview of arts education for multiple publics in inner-city settings. Students will learn basic theories of arts education and artistic development while having a hands-on experience developing standards-informed art lessons emphasizing the creative process and social justice.  

Jessica Bianchi, Ed.D., Lecturer + Lindsay Lindberg, TA
Thursday, 6:00-8:50 p.m. 

Arts Education M192 – Arts Education Teaching Practicum 

Upon successful completion of Arts Ed M102, students enroll in Arts Ed M192 to develop original arts-based lesson plans geared towards their assigned K-12 classroom. This course is designed to prepare students to teach arts lessons in a school setting. Students will learn how to implement basic theories of arts education while developing arts lessons emphasizing community and social justice. 

Onya Hogan-Finlay, Lecturer
Thursday, 6:00-8:50 p.m.  

Winter 2019

Arts Education M192 – Arts Education Teaching Practicum 

Upon successful completion of Arts Ed M102, students enroll in Arts Ed M192 to develop original arts-based lesson plans geared towards their assigned K-12 classroom. This course is designed to prepare students to teach arts lessons in a school setting. Students will learn how to implement basic theories of arts education while developing arts lessons emphasizing community and social justice. 

Jessica Bianchi, Ed.D., Lecturer + Lindsay Lindberg, TA
Thursday, 6:00-8:50 p.m.  

Arts Education M192SL – Arts Education Teaching Practicum & Capstone Project

Upon successful completion of Arts Ed M192, students enroll in this course for implementation of their arts-based lesson plans under the supervision of their assigned guiding teacher at an off-campus school site. This course is designed to support students as they implement and evaluate original arts education lessons under guidance of faculty members and designated guiding teachers in K-12 public school settings. Students will learn how to implement basic theories of arts education while refining and developing art lessons emphasizing community and social justice.

Onya Hogan-Finlay, Lecturer
Thursday, 6:00-8:50 p.m.  

Arts Education 101 – Creative Acts: Strategies for Teaching Artists Working with Young People in Underserved Communities

The arts are an effective tool for revealing latent potential and healing trauma in young people living in under-resourced and overlooked communities. This class provides approaches for using multi-disciplinary techniques in communities with the least access to the arts and the greatest needs. In this class, students will learn strategies to help design creative projects and arts programs to reach these underserved populations, with regular opportunities for the kind of self reflection necessary to be an effective, engaged teaching artist.

Sabra Williams, Lecturer + Amy Alterman, TA
Tuesday, 6:00-8:50 p.m.  

Arts Education 103 – Socially Engaged Pedagogy in the Arts

This course provides a theoretical context, along with an experiential component, for students from all disciplines to explore the tactics and strategies of socially-engaged pedagogy and arts practice, using Pablo Helguera’s text Education for Socially-Engaged Art as a primary resource. Classes include a series of hands-on strategy workshops, practical technique and methodological discussions, and presentations from artists working in the field of arts activism. Students acquire a toolbox of tactics and strategies to employ socially engaged pedagogy in their own art and teaching practices, and will have the opportunity to utilize these techniques when implementing an arts-based unit at a community site of their choice.

Sue Bell Yank, Lecturer + Jingqiu Guan, TA
Wednesday, 6:00-8:50 p.m.  

Spring 2019

Arts Education 20 – Introduction to Community Engagement through the Arts  

This course provides an introduction to the fields of community engagement and arts education informed by the philosophies of the progressive education and social justice movements. By looking at community engagement as an issue of equity and social justice, students will learn basic theories of creativity, artistic development, and community partnership, and read about the history, philosophies, politics, and socio-cultural trends of community engagement in American society. Students will attend UCLA Arts presentations, be introduced to the creative process in the classroom and meet presenters who will describe their work in the arts and community. Readings and discussions seek to understand community engagement and arts education as crucial elements of a comprehensive education. An emphasis will be placed on the writing process, including regular writing assignments that require students to read, analyze, critique, and evaluate community arts practices and arts education scholarship.

Kevin Kane, Ph.D., Lecturer + Amy Alterman, Sanchita Sharma, & Brisa Smith-Flores, TA
Tuesday, 5:00-7:50 p.m.  

Arts Education M102 – Introduction to Arts Education for Multiple Publics - Theory and Practice 

Offered as the first course in the Arts Education Teaching Sequence, this course provides an overview of arts education for multiple publics in inner-city settings. Students will learn basic theories of arts education and artistic development while having a hands-on experience developing standards-informed art lessons emphasizing the creative process and social justice.  

Jantré Christian, Lecturer
Thursday, 6:00-8:50 p.m. 

Arts Education M192SL – Arts Education Teaching Practicum & Capstone Project

Upon successful completion of Arts Ed M192, students enroll in this course for implementation of their arts-based lesson plans under the supervision of their assigned guiding teacher at an off-campus school site. This course is designed to support students as they implement and evaluate original arts education lessons under guidance of faculty members and designated guiding teachers in K-12 public school settings. Students will learn how to implement basic theories of arts education while refining and developing art lessons emphasizing community and social justice.

Jessica Bianchi, Ed.D., Lecturer + Lindsay Lindberg, TA
Thursday, 6:00-8:50 p.m.  

Arts Education 101 – Exploring Issues in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Arts Education

Course description TBA

Carolina San Juan, Ph.D., Lecturer + Arushi Singh, TA
Wednesday, 6:00-8:50 p.m.