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Learning Goals for Undergraduates - Art

The Department of Art offers 4 degrees in 3 areas of study.  We offer BA degrees in Art History, Art Education, and Studio Art; we also offer a BFA degree in Studio Art (with concentrations in Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking, and Digital Art).

All students graduating with any undergraduate degree from the Department of Art will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of professional standards and accomplishment in their field.
  • Demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge about their field.
  • Have an understanding of the content, tools, and structures in their field.
  • Be able to think independently and critically about their field.
  • Be able to articulate and express an idea through the use of language appropriate to their field.
  • Demonstrate understanding that knowledge is collectively built.
  • Be able to effectively state and solve creative problems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to set, organize, and realize goals.
  • - Demonstrate resourcefulness and tenacity in working through problems.
  • - Demonstrate innovative thinking in all phases of problem-solving.
  • - Demonstrate a trust in their ability to meet creative challenges.

Art Education

Students graduating with a degree in Art Education will be able to:

  1. Understand and critically analyze the personal, communal, social, economic, and political contexts out of which visual arts knowledge and education emerge.
  2. Take responsibility for and demonstrate the ability to plan, guide, and assess meaningful visual arts education experiences.
  3. Demonstrate competence in the content of the visual arts, including the processes of making and analyzing the visual arts within their historical, cultural and political contexts.
  4. Analyze, synthesize and disseminate visual arts knowledge and experience; understand the interdisciplinary nature of art knowledge and experience.
  5. Communicate thoughts, ideas, and knowledge concerning the visual arts and visual arts education both orally and in written form, with logic and clarity.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of the diverse ways in which students learn and develop by providing educational opportunities that support their intellectual, physical, emotional, and social development.
  7. Participate and be competent in the processes of research and scholarship, including:  obtaining knowledge and developing the ability to reflect upon the meaning and implications of that knowledge; recognition of relationships and influences between areas of knowledge; understanding the processes and sources of knowledge acquisition; translation of knowledge and ideas into action; dedication to continued learning and growth; and teaching the skills of research and scholarship to others.
  8. Create and maintain an educational environment which supports and encourages learning.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to support students’ learning and well-being by engaging students, home, school, colleagues and community.
  10. Demonstrate a full understanding of and commitment to professional responsibilities and ethics.

Art History

Students graduating with a degree in Art History will have:

  1. An understanding of the cultural and historical development of art as a form of visual communication.
  2. An appreciation for the ongoing artistic and cultural expressions of today.
  3. An understanding of the theoretical and conceptual foundations within which art is created and comes to have meaning.
  4. Knowledge of the history of cultural traditions and modes of visual expression within a general chronological and geographic context, as well as a focused, in depth knowledge of the central aspects of western cultural traditions.
  5. An understanding of art theory and criticism, especially its history, functions and effects, and art historical methodologies, stressing the variety of approaches from connoisseurship to the most challenging framing modes.

Studio Art

Students graduating with a BA in Studio Art will have developed:

Creative and expressive abilities necessary to:

  • Independently state and solve complex creative and expressive problems
  • Apply independent, innovative and critical thinking in all phases of problem solving
  • Assess “quality” and apply professional standards in the making of art, using traditional and non-traditional frameworks
  • Apply aesthetic, intellectual and technical knowledge and skills in the production of studio works of art.
  • Have confidence in their ability to meet creative challenges in the field

An understanding of how art is received enabling them to:

  • Understand, within various cultural and historical contexts, the psychological, emotional and environmental factors that influence perception and meaning
  • Discuss and evaluate works of art in an intelligent and articulate manner
  • Demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge in the field


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