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Student Learning Objectives from the "" College of Fine Arts

Art

School of Art Mission
The School of Art Mission is to provide an education in the visual arts that is acknowledged as among the very best in the nation; one in which personal creativity is celebrated and shared among its members and beyond; one with a strong emphasis on the role of faculty as artists and scholars and of how that benefits our students and the university. Our goal is to prepare graduating students for professions as artists, teachers, or professionals in related fields, as well as for admission to graduate programs for further training and study.

Overview
Underlying all of our core values is the belief that the arts are an essential element of the human experience. The core values that promote excellence and guide our decision-making are: To support the artistic and scholarly efforts of individual and collaborative visions.  To create art that advances the arts in society. To foster an environment that includes traditional and new modes of expression. To facilitate cross-cultural experiences and diverse ideas. To integrate the arts into the fabric of the university community.

Undergraduate Objectives (all art students: studio and art history)

Development of studentsí visual literacy including a basic understanding of:

  • Various methodologies to analyze art such as formalism, iconology, feminism, multiculturalism, and biography/autobiography
  • Traditional and contemporary roles the artist plays in societies
  • Issues in the arts such as censorship, political art, and public funding
  • Terms such as colonialism, convention, and ethnocentrism
  • The elements of art and principles of design
  • Various media such as, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass, performance art or live art, installation, video, and mixed media
  • Expectation of lifelong commitment and interest in the visual arts through a program of visiting artists, designers and scholars who project program related expression.
Studio Students
  • Evolve critical thinking, creativity, and cognitive abilities within and across the BFA major areas of the School of Art: art history, ceramics, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.
  • Appreciation of cultural diversity.
  • Expectation of lifelong commitment and interest in the visual arts through a program of visiting artists, designers and scholars who project program related expression.
  • Fluency in relevant and emerging technologies.
Methodologies of assessment of studentsí (studio) abilities in all applied creative areas of study in the School of Art
  • (studio) abilities in all applied creative areas of study in the School of Art Portfolio reviews for students entering majors after they have completed the seven required Foundations courses.
  • Reviews and studio critiques of individual studentís studio work.
  • Visiting artistsí critiques of individual studentís studio work.
  • Senior exhibition as a culminating project under the guidance of faculty from the studentís particular area of study.
  • Individual studio exhibitions throughout the year with faculty review.
  • Written tests, essays, reports, and research papers by students of Art History, Art Education, and Art 110.
  • Course evaluations.
  • An Exit Interview Questionnaire required of all graduating students


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