Student Learning Objectives Art

Bachelor of Arts

  • Achieve a comprehension of visual principles.
  • Acquire basic foundation skills.
  • Begin to discover their own individual creativity.
  • Develop an area of emphasis in a least one fine arts medium.
  • Develop relational thinking.

Bachelor of Arts, Art History

  • Analyze visual and structural features of works of art and architecture.
  • Identify and describe salient aspects of form, structure, and medium.
  • Use art historical terminology.
  • Interpret cultural significance of art, and architecture.
  • Identify, analyze iconography and representational, symbolic elements; assess meaning from perspective of artist, patron, viewer, and/or function. Identify cultural artifacts influencing work of art.
  • Practice key elements of the discipline of art history.
  • Compare/contrast images and structures using traditional art historical practice.
  • Identify scholarly resources for research in art history; present findings in oral and written form.
  • Relate works of art and architecture to their wider historical context.
  • Locate works of art and architecture within a chronological framework.
  • Identify key historical events, movements, and ideologies that impinge upon artistic production.
  • Write coherently and persuasively in the art historical idiom. Formulate coherent sentences and essays. Assess and revise writing for accuracy and effectiveness of argumentation.

Master of Arts

  • Creating:
    • Students will produce artwork that expresses a personal artistic vision.
    • Students will produce work that demonstrates technical expertise.
    • Students will produce work that reflects an understanding of contemporary issues and culture.
  • Evaluating:  Students will demonstrate a knowledge of contemporary art, ideas, and approaches in both a written and oral form.
  • Presenting: Students will develop skills necessary for successful practice as an artist.
  • Interpreting: Students will demonstrate their abilities to critically interpret works of art within a variety of contexts.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

  • Creating:
    • Students will have working knowledge of a variety of media, with an emphasis on drawing, that will help them succeed as elementary or secondary school teachers.
    • Students will produce a small body of work that begins to exhibit some overlapping thematic and conceptual concerns.
    • Students will demonstrate their proficiency with specific materials and techniques within a defined medium.
  • Interpreting:
    • Students will become familiar with the terms and goals of oral critique.
    • Students will have an introductory level ability to analyze their work and the work of others.
    • Students will demonstrate that they are able to utilize critical thinking skills in critique, to comprehend and apply basic visual and conceptual principles and to articulate a clear verbal presentation of aesthetic ideas.
  • Evaluating:
    • Students will possess an introductory level knowledge of contemporary art and a firm foundation of familiarity with art from the past.
    • Students will demonstrate their ability to judge relative merits and quality of artwork particularly within the context of historical art.
  • Presenting:
    • Students will demonstrate skills in preparing and installing works of art of the purposes of presenting in group critique.
    • Students will understand how to show their work to best advantage in a group exhibition.