Academic Administration

Studio Art B.F.A. Program Outcomes


The Department of Art and Design serves the upper Midwest region as a vital resource for individuals seeking a comprehensive education in the visual arts.  The department strives to tailor its programs to meet the specific and diverse needs of students pursuing careers in studio practice, art education, art history and graphic design.  The department provides the setting for an investigation of the visual arts in practice, theory and critical discourse.   Students and faculty contribute significantly to an enhanced cultural environment within our region and beyond, through ongoing scholarly research, exhibitions, collaborations and creative activities.  The department is committed to maintaining the highest standards of achievement in the areas of academic excellence and professional practice in an atmosphere that promotes effective learning and the open exchange of ideas and information.

Student Learning Outcomes

With a BFA 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:


A.  Cognitive


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.


B.  Behavioral


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.


C.  Affective


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.