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.  

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 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. 

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.