Our Program Assessment

Our Department, as part of the campus assessment plan, identifies student learning objectives (SLOs) in each curricular area. These objectives are aligned with the overall campus SLOs.
Our students' results are collected and measured annually through coursework and other curricular milestones. These results are then reviewed and discussed by faculty in order to make improvements to enhance the student learning experience for our majors and minors. Our department curricular SLOs are:

Art History
With a B.A. in Art History our graduates will:
1. Know how art objects and visual artifacts function in multiple contexts (artistic, social, intellectual, historical) and in relation to other disciplines in the   humanities.
2. Know the standard canon of art history with a general body of knowledge about objects, monuments and visual practices from many historical periods and from various regions of the world.
3. Recognize various art historical methods and be familiar with current theoretical debates.
4. Have competency in the basic research methods in art history
5.  Have the ability to write and speak about works of art using the critical language and vocabulary of art history
6. Acknowledge and cite appropriately the work of scholars.
7. Use copyrighted imagery and material in a proper manner.

B.A. in Art
With a B.A. in Art our graduates will have:
1. Knowledge of formal elements and principles of design Students will know how to organize visual information.
2. Knowledge of historical aspects of visual art and culture Students will be able to reference, historical precedent, context and relative currency with respect to discussion, analysis and production of artwork.
3. Effective speaking and writing skills
Students will demonstrate an ability to articulate intentions, concepts, and criticisms verbally and in writing.
4. Skill in mediums, materials, tools and processes Students will exhibit an appropriate level of competency across a range of studio methods.
5. Ability to analyze, interpret, critique and evaluate work
Students will demonstrate an ability to respond to visual information from a point of view that considers a range of contemporary issues, including (but not limited to) differing perspectives, cultural diversity, global citizenship and ethical practice.

Art Education
With a B.F.A. in Art Education our graduates will have: (Cognitive outcomes)

1. Theoretical Framework: Know the historic foundations and current theories and practices of art education, art history, art criticism, visual culture, and knowledge of a wide range of traditional and contemporary artistic media, studio techniques, and practice.
2. Art Pedagogy: Theoretical and practical knowledge of multiple approaches to age appropriate lesson plan development, instruction, and assessment in the K-12 art curriculum to promote meaningful learning in the arts
3. Media: Knowledge and competence of digital technologies for teaching and creating in the visual arts.
At the end of the program, our graduates should be able to demonstrate these SKILLS:  (Behavioral outcomes)
The student will be able to:
1. Implement Theoretical Framework: Develop and communicate a personal philosophy of art education; Identify, describe, and use various            approaches to contemporary pedagogical practices that include: Discipline Based Art Education, environmental, museum-based, multicultural,    postmodern-visual culture art education; Apply theories of curriculum and instruction as the student reflects on and refines their own practice of art     education
2. Teach Art Education K-12: Design and implement meaningful teaching strategies in K-12 art education; Demonstrate effective pedagogical skills    and content knowledge
3. Be a Teacher as Artist: Demonstrate knowledge, skill, competency, and innovation in a variety of artistic techniques, media, tools, and methods         with one area of studio specialization, to enrich their teaching
4. Be a Teacher as Researcher/Communicator: Conduct, analyze, interpret, and evaluate research in art education, art history, and art criticism through writing and speaking; demonstrate effective communication skills; use digital technologies as innovative tools for communication, documentation, research, instructional strategies, and creative exploration

At the end of the program, our graduates should hold these PROFESSIONAL VALUES:   (Affective Outcomes)
The student will:
1. Be reflective art educators who value and promote creative problem solving and individual creative expression in children and youth (K-12);     Continually refine and reflect their practice in the field through Supervised Observations, Conferences, Reflective Journals, and the Creation of a Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice Teaching Portfolio. 
2. Exercise social responsibility through civic engagement and community outreach.
3. Participate and engage in current dialogues in the field through participation in professional arts organizations as student members of Art       Educators of Minnesota (AEM) and the National Art Education Association (NAEA).

Graphic Design

With a B.F.A. degree in Graphic Design our graduates will:

1. Understand the relationships among culture, society, business and design.
2. Know the basics of design history and theory, and recognize the connections and influences on contemporary practice.
3. Use an interdisciplinary design process that includes research, collaboration, spontaneous and experimental thinking, systematic thinking, iterative development, effective choice of materials and techniques, and presentation of finished work using the vocabulary of design.
4. Solve visual communication problems in 2D, 3D, and 4D using conceptual thinking, imagery, typography, and type-and-image combinations powerfully, effectively and responsibly, all with a high degree of usability.
5. Use current graphic design industry-standard software effectively.
6. Prepare and be able to present a portfolio of work.
7. Analyze, interpret, critique and evaluate graphic design taking into consideration issues including (but not limited to) impact, cultural relevance, effectiveness, ethics and ecological sustainability.

The Studio Art B.F.A.s
With a B.F.A. degree in Studio Art (with emphases offered in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking; Digital Art and Photography; Sculpture and Ceramics and General Studio) our graduates will have:

1. Knowledge of formal elements and principles of design Students will know how to organize visual information applying the principles and practices endemic to the selected studio emphasis.
2. Knowledge of the historical and theoretical aspects of visual art and culture Students will be able to integrate and/or reference, historical precedent, context and relative currency with respect to discussion, analysis and production of artwork.
3. Knowledge of strategic ideation and conceptual development Students will know and be able to discuss, differentiate, demonstrate and employ a variety of approaches leading toward successful realization of their objectives.
4. Effective speaking and writing skills
Students will demonstrate an ability to articulate intentions, concepts, and criticisms verbally and in writing.
5. Skill and innovation in mediums, materials, tools and processes Students will exhibit an appropriate level of competency in the responsible and effective utilization of the materials, mediums and tools associated with their selected track.
6. Ability to prepare and present work in a professional manner Students will be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of skill in the production, conservation, presentation and dissemination of their work.
7. Ability to analyze, interpret, critique and evaluate work Students will demonstrate an ability to respond to visual information from a point of view that considers a range of contemporary issues, including (but not limited to) differing perspectives, cultural diversity, global citizenship and ethical            practice.

 

 

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