The Art Department has clearly stated program-level expected student outcomes:
Although the Art Department can state a set of unified goals, each program area (Art
Education, Art History, and Studio Art) has a unique set of expected student outcomes.
For Art Education the following outcomes have been developed for and accredited by
NCATE. The following program outcomes for Art History and Studio Art have been developed
by the assessment coordinators and contributing faculty based on the study of practices
within the department and a survey of standards of peer institutions. These outcomes
will be submitted to the program areas and department for approval.
Art Department Student Learning Outcomes
Art Education Program Outcomes (per NCATE)
- Demonstration of scholarship as evidenced by application of research-based subject
matter content in lesson planning, instructional materials design, and curriculum
development, and the ability to critically assess and refine these materials based
on the learning outcomes of these materials.
- Demonstration of attitudes and dispositions appropriate to the profession of teaching
as evidenced by professional integrity and commitment to teaching, collegial communication,
and interactions with students.
- Demonstration of leadership as evidenced by participation in extra-curricular activities, student mentoring, and community service.
Art History Program Outcomes:
Students will demonstrate:
- General familiarity with the monuments and characteristics of major art periods of
the past and present;
- Deep understanding of a variety of cultures and/or periods in the history of art;
- Some acquaintance with art theory and criticism;
- An understanding of the tools and techniques of art-historical scholarship;
- Familiarity with various methods of art-historical analysis;
- Familiarity with various processes of making art;
- Familiarity with the specialized operational procedures encountered in and employment
opportunities offered by museums of art;
- The ability to think, speak, and write clearly and effectively about works of art
and art history;
- The ability to conduct research on art using the tools of the art historian.
Studio Art Program Outcomes:
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the principles of art and design by
using related problem solving skills to organize, analyze and interpret visual information.
- Students will be able to demonstrate fundamental studio practice; techniques, materials,
and various creative methodologies.
- Students will be able to identify and articulate the significance of major periods
and works in the history of art (Western, and non-Western)
- Students will effectively use techniques and materials of their discipline with knowledge
of the traditional and contemporary practices of the area.
- Students will be able to effectively choose materials, processes, form, and content
to engage in substantive self-directed artistic activity.
- Students will be able to demonstrate critical analysis applied to their own work and
the work of others.
- Though completion of cognate courses, students will understand fundamentals of studio
practice shared across studio disciplines
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of precedents of art history as context
for contemporary artistic activity.
- Students will be able to assimilate knowledge by being able to make connections between
art making and other diverse fields.
- Students will be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing about art to
general and specialized audiences.
- Students will demonstrate effective preparation and presentation of work with an understanding of basic professional practices in the field.