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 in either fall 2015 or spring 2016. 

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

 

2017-18 Course Schedule  

Fall 2017

Arts Education 101, Section 1 – Arts in Corrections Practicum

Upon successful completion of Arts Education 105, or equivalent coursework approved by instructor, this practicum course engages students in an experiential application of best pedagogical practices for developing and implementing high quality arts education programming in partnership with incarcerated or system-impacted populations in Los Angeles. Students will conduct scholarly research regarding a specific topic of their choice related to issues of mass incarceration and the Prison Industrial Complex in the U.S. while participating in on- and off-campus experiences that engage creatively and collaboratively with the community members most impacted by these issues. These experiences may include: co-producing the Beyond the Bars LA Conference; coordinating the Los Angeles Dances for Solidarity Chapter; teaching arts-based workshops at any of our partner institutions such as Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall, David Gonzales Probation Camp, and Aviva Family & Children's Services residential facility.

Laurel Butler, Lecturer
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, Lecturer
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 2018

Arts Education 103 – Socially Engaged Pedagogy Through 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
Wednesday, 6:00-8:50pm

 

Dance 167- Creative Dance for Children

This praxis course is designed to provide theoretical background upon which students can structure dance experiences in the teaching of dance to children, with an emphasis on dance as a creative medium of expression. A teaching laboratory with supervised assisting and teaching will provide opportunities to apply theories discussed in class. The emphasis of this course is on expanding individuals' technical and expressive capabilities and developing instructional ability in creative dance pedagogy for children. Students will creative, test, and participate in an original unit of dance study either for elementary, middle, or high-school aged students in LAUSD, and will become comfortable describing and justifying their pedagogical approaches.

Laurel Butler, Lecturer
Tuesday + Thursday, 8:00am-10:20am

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

 Arts Education M192SL – Arts Education Teaching Practicum and 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.


Spring 2018

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 M. Kane, Lecturers
Tuesday, 2:00-4:50pm

 

Arts Education 101 The Field: A Survey of the Teaching Artist Profession

This course provides an introduction to the fields of arts education and the teaching artist profession.

Leslie Ishii, Lecturer
Tuesday, 6:00-8:50pm

 

Arts Education M192SL – Arts Education Teaching Practicum and 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, Lecturer   
Thursday, 6:00-8:50 p.m.