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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2019-20 Course Schedule  

Fall 2019

Arts Education 101 – Social Emotional Learning in the Arts

This is a hands-on, experiential course where artists, educators, and teaching artists will learn and practice social-emotional learning tools in their own lives and in their teaching practice. Grounded in research in social-emotional learning, classroom management, mindfulness, and arts education, participants will learn how to create and foster a positive and inclusive community where each member of the community feels supported and thrives. Not only will participants nurture their own well-being and develop their social emotional toolkit as adults, but they will learn how to explicitly teach social and emotional skills to students of all ages in all settings.

Desiree Cameron, Ph.D., Lecturer + Zena Bibler, TA
Tuesday, 6:00-8:50 p.m.

Arts Education 101 – Strategies and Methods for Visual Arts Teaching Artistry

This course is designed to introduce students to a range of visual arts goals, methods, techniques and strategies for teaching art to a broad range of student populations. Students will engage in art making and self-reflection, and will begin to articulate their own teaching philosophies and tools as visual arts educators. Students will be exposed to a comprehensive introduction to the creative process and theory. They will experience hands-on teaching methods and strategies for leading participants through a thoughtful, developmentally appropriate and enriching visual arts learning experience, culminating in a proposed curriculum for a targeted student population, including a sample art project.

Charla Elizabeth, Lecturer + Charles Snowden, 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.  

Marissa Magdalena Sykes, 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. 

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

Winter 2020

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. 

Marissa Magdalena Sykes, 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.

Jantré Christian, Lecturer + Amy Alterman, TA
Thursday, 6:00-8:50 p.m.  

Arts Education 105 – Arts in Correctional Institutions

This course will offer an examination of arts programming within correctional institutions, and propose that the arts can be especially meaningful and transformative in these settings. Students will learn about the history of the carceral system in the United States, discuss theories of mass incarceration, strategize rehabilitation and recidivism reduction through the arts, and practice effective arts-based and creative pedagogies when working with young people impacted by these systems. Selected topics, themes, and practical applications will be explored through a variety of approaches, including readings, visual, video and audio documentation, art making, case study reports and oral presentations, group and individual lesson planning, and meeting and working with guest speakers active in the field.

Sabra Williams, Lecturer + Sam Richardson, TA
Wednesday, 6:00-8:50 p.m.  

Spring 2020

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, Jackie Amezquita, MiRi Park, TAs
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.  

Nam Pho Berg, Lecturer + Zena Bibler, 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.

Marissa Magdalena Sykes, Lecturer + Lindsay Lindberg, TA
Thursday, 6:00-8:50 p.m.  

Arts Education 101 – Strategies for Museum, Gallery, and Non-Profit Arts Teaching

This course will survey how the arts are presented, taught, and experienced in museums, gallery spaces, and within a variety of non-profit settings. Students will study and visit UCLA affiliated museums, local galleries and nonprofits in order to view these practices and experience these spaces in person. In addition, students will read and respond to relevant articles about museum education, nonprofit arts organizations and gallery work, practice art making and community engagement in the classroom and community spaces, and design their own arts-based workshop.

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