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Student Learning Outcome Goals for the College of the Arts

School of Art

Bachelor of Arts in Art - Option in Studio Art (code ART_BA01)

  1. Majors will be able to demonstrate visual literacy, including competence in the non-verbal languages of art and design.
  2. Majors will possess technical skills for producing art in several media.
  3. Majors will be able to produce workable connections between concept and media.
  4. Majors will be familiar with a broad range of artists, designers, craft traditions and art movements.
  5. Majors will possess a basic understanding of contemporary thinking on art and design.
  6. Majors will be able to generate competent verbal and written responses to visual phenomena.
  7. Majors will be able to make assessments of effectiveness in design projects and works of art, especially the student’s own.
  8. Majors will be able to identify and solve visual problems within a variety of physical, technological, social and cultural contexts.

Bachelor of Arts in Art - Option in Art Education (code ART_BA03)

  1. Majors will be familiar with basic expressive, technical and technological, procedural and organizational skills, along with the conceptual insights developed through studio art and design experiences.
  2. Majors will possess a working knowledge of styles and periods of art history; analytical methods and theories of criticism; the development of past and contemporary art forms; contending philosophies of art; and the fundamental and integral relationships of all these to the making of art.
  3. Majors will possess specialized experience working in one or more studio and/or art application areas at the advanced level.
  4. Majors will possess functional knowledge in such areas as the physics of light, chemistry of pigments, the chemical and thermal aspects of shaping materials, and the basic technologies involved in printmaking, photography, filmmaking, and video.
  5. Majors will gain an understanding of child development and the identification and understanding of psychological principles of learning as they relate to the art education of students with a wide range of learning abilities.
  6. Majors will possess an understanding of the philosophical and social foundations underlying art in education and the ability to express a rationale for personal attitudes and beliefs.
  7. Majors will develop knowledge of current methods and materials available in all fields and levels of art education, and will obtain the ability to accept, amend or reject methods and materials based on personal assessment of specific teaching situations.
  8. Majors will possess a basic understanding of the principles and methods of developing curricula and the short- and long-term instructional units that comprise them.
  9. Majors will gain an understanding of evaluative techniques and the ability to apply them in assessing both the progress of students and the objectives and procedures of the curriculum, as well for self-evaluation and professional growth.
  10. Majors will gain an understanding of the relationships among the arts, sciences, and humanities, in order to apply art competencies in teaching situations and to integrate art/design instruction into the total process of education.
  11. Majors will possess a cross-cultural exposure to art and have a working knowledge of artists from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  12. Majors will gain practical experience working with community schools through observation and teaching sessions. They will also have experience working with educational events at local art museums and have opportunities to network with one another in preparation for teaching.

Bachelor of Arts in Art - Option in Art History (code ART_BA02)

  1. Majors will obtain general knowledge of the monuments, movements and principal artists of major art periods of the past, including a broad understanding of the art of the twentieth century and acquaintance with the art history beyond Europe and the United States.
  2. Majors will possess a depth of knowledge in several cultures and periods in the history of art and undertake concentrated study in at least one area up to the advanced seminar level.
  3. Majors will be able to demonstrate advanced level skills in theory, analysis and criticism.
  4. Majors will possess a general knowledge of world history.
  5. Majors will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the tools and techniques of scholarship and be experienced in analytical and critical writing as well as presenting their research orally.
  6. Majors will have functional knowledge of the creative process that has been obtained through studio coursework.
  7. Majors will have adequate mastery of at least one foreign language to support research using primary source materials.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree: Option in Art Photography (code ART_BF01), Option in Ceramics (code ART_BF02), Option in Drawing and Painting (code ART_BF03), Option in Illustration (code ART_BF04), Option in 3-D Media (Fiber, Metal or Wood) (code ART_BF05), Option in Printmaking (code ART_BF06), Option in Sculpture (code ART_BF07), Option in Graphic Design (code ART_BF08)

  1. Majors will possess an understanding of the common elements of art/design and of the interaction of these elements, and be able to employ them in their work.
  2. Majors will possess technical skills for producing art in several media, and will acquire substantial technical knowledge applicable to their area of specialization.
  3. Majors will be able to produce workable connections between concept and media as well as demonstrate perceptual acuity, conceptual understanding, and technical facility at a professional entry level in their chosen specialization.
  4. Majors will be familiar with a broad range of artists, designers, craft traditions and art movements and be able to place works of art/design in historical, cultural and stylistic contexts, particularly in their specialization.
  5. Majors will possess an understanding of contemporary thinking and current major issues in art/design.
  6. Majors will be able to generate competent verbal and written responses to visual phenomena, utilizing relevant vocabulary to communicate concepts to art/design professionals.
  7. Majors will be able to make assessments of effectiveness in design projects and works of art, especially the student’s own.
  8. Majors will be able to analyze works of art and design perceptively and critically, and convincingly form and defend value judgments of these works.
  9. Majors will be able to identify and solve visual problems within a variety of physical, technological, social and cultural contexts.
  10. Majors will be able to generate work and solve problems independently, resulting in a coherent set of artistic/intellectual goals that are evident in their work.
  11. Majors will be able to synthesize, as appropriate to the issue, their capabilities in studio, analysis, history and technology.
  12. Majors will be able to work collaboratively and will possess functional knowledge of basic business practices in the arts, as appropriate to their area of specialization.
  13. Majors will have had regular opportunities to exhibit original work, culminating in a senior exhibition with other graduating students in their area of specialization.

Master of Arts degree in Art with Concentration in Studio Art (code ART_MA01)

  1. Development of a broad knowledge of art historical issues.
  2. Familiarity with issues in contemporary art practice.
  3. Intensive practice in a studio area of emphasis.
  4. Ability to articulate effectively in oral and written form about their artwork.

Master of Arts degree in Art with Concentration in Art History (code ART_MA01)

  1. Students develop a broad general knowledge of the history of art, and extensive knowledge in an area of specialization.
  2. Students become versed in historiography and methods of scholarship.
  3. Students demonstrate reading proficiency in a minimum of one foreign language.
  4. Students develop advanced abilities in undertaking, synthesizing, and effectively disseminating independent research.

Master of Arts degree in Art with Concentration in Art Education (code ART_MA01)

  1. Students develop familiarity with the history of art, and art education in particular.
  2. Students become versed in educational philosophy, with emphasis in the philosophies of art education.
  3. Students become versed in a specific area of specialization, such as curricular issues, teaching methodology, assessment factors, multicultural theory, etc.
  4. Students develop advanced abilities in organizing and disseminating data through research, exhibition, or other demonstration of competency.

Master of Fine Arts degree in Art with Concentration in Studio Art (code ART_MF01)

  1. Completion of an extensive curricular and independent experience in a specific studio area.
  2. Completion of a program of study that includes consideration of art history, critical analysis, aesthetics, methodology and related humanities. (NASAD 2005-06 Handbook Section XVIII.A.)
  3. Advanced development of individual studio and scholarly talents, interests and philosophies, used creatively to both expand and preserve our cultural heritage. (NASAD 2005-06 Handbook Section XV.A. bullet 1.)
  4. Advanced development of professional studio competence as exemplified by ongoing development of a significant body of work, and production of a culminating “project” exhibition of work. (NASAD 2005-06 Handbook Section XV.A. bullet 2.)
  5. Ability to articulate effectively in oral and written form about their artwork, and production of a project report document that successfully functions in a companion relationship to their project exhibitions.
  6. Potential to solve contemporary problems in art and to explore and address new questions and issues. (NASAD 2005-06 Handbook Section XV.A. bullet 3.)
  7. Advanced development of professional competence in the dissemination of knowledge, including logical, clear verbal and written presentation of aesthetic ideas in teaching and other contexts. (NASAD 2005-06 Handbook Section XV.A. bullet 4.)
  8. Advanced development of scholarly competence in the organization, evaluation, and interpretation of knowledge. (NASAD 2005-06 Handbook Section XV.A. bullet 5.)

 

Department of Dance

Bachelor of Arts in Dance (code DANCBA01)

  • Majors will develop competency in modern dance and ballet, enabling them to pursue careers in education, health and fitness, professional arenas, or to further their academic dance pursuits.
  • Majors will gain an overview of the historical, cultural, and scientific dimensions of dance.
  • Majors will have explored the fundamental skills and techniques necessary for the public performance of dance.
  • Majors will have practical experience in the production and technological aspects of dance.
  • Majors will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the craft and aesthetic qualities of dance orally, practically, and in writing.

Option in Dance Science (code DANCBA02)

  • Majors will be able to perform a qualitative anatomical analysis of standing alignment and key dance vocabulary, as well as provide exercises and cues for their improvement.
  • Majors will be able to execute and cue Pilates repertoire designed to enhance dance performance, movement coordination, and physical conditioning.
  • Majors will demonstrate an understanding of key anatomical and biomechanical principles for preventing dance injuries and promoting optimal technique when training as dancers or teaching dance technique.
  • Majors will attain an understanding of theoretical and practical scientific concepts of movement to help prepare them for pursuing further degrees or certifications in dance science or related fields.
  • Majors will develop competency in modern dance and ballet, enabling them to pursue careers in education, health and fitness, professional arenas, or to further their academic dance pursuits.
  • Majors will gain an overview of the historical, cultural, and scientific dimensions of dance.
  • Majors will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the craft and aesthetic qualities of dance orally, practically, and in writing.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance (code DANCBF01)

  • Majors will demonstrate proficient skills and technique in modern dance and ballet, with competency in jazz dance and/or other forms, enabling them to pursue professional dance careers.
  • Majors will be demonstrate competencies in choreographic processes that support the development of creative and collaborative professional opportunities.
  • Majors will demonstrate substantial knowledge of the historical and scientific dimensions of dance, to give depth and perspective to teh performance and pedagogical aspects of the dance discipline.
  • Majors will develop and demonstrate current methods and relevant strategies necessary to pursue professional careers in dance and dance-related fields..
  • Majors will demonstarte the skills necessary to analyze and review dance, both orally and in writing the history, concepts and aesthetic qualities of dance.
  • Majors will demonstrate selected practical skills in the production and technological aspects of dance.

Master of Arts in Dance General Option (code DANCMA01)

  • Students will refine proficiency in modern dance movement vocabularies, enabling them to enhance their careers as educators.
  • Students will engage in theoretical inquiry and study in the dance- related areas of history, dance science, and pedagogy, enabling them to enhance their careers as educators.
  • Students will acquire practical skills in the areas of costume and lighting design.
  • Students will explore, practice, and actualize the craft of making dances to communicate a declared intention.

Master of Fine Arts in Dance (code DANCMF01)

  • Students will explore, practice, and actualize the craft of making dances to communicate a declared intention.
  • Students will refine proficiency in modern dance and ballet movement vocabularies, enabling them to pursue careers in the professional arenas of performance/choreography and/or education.
  • Students will engage in theoretical inquiry and study in the dance-related areas of history, music, film/video, aesthetics, dance science, and dance criticism.
  • Students will attain substantial knowledge/practical skills in preparation for teaching, including theoretical, practical, and kinesiological perspectives.
  • Students will acquire practical skills in the production aspects of dance, including costume design, lighting design, and stage management and/or public relations.

Department of Design

Bachelor of Arts in Design (code DESNBA01)

  • Graduates possess a foundation of two and three-dimensional design.
  • Graduates have knowledge of design principles in residential and non-residential projects.
  • Graduates possess an understanding in human factors: anthropometrics, ergonomics and proxemics.
  • Graduates have the ability to communicate concepts to peers and industry.
  • Graduates possess an understanding of construction and building systems.
  • Graduates possess a foundation of how products work; how products can be improved; what makes a product useful, how products are manufactured; and how ideas can be presented using state-of-the-art tools.
  • Graduates have knowledge of CAD, and appropriate two-dimensional and three-dimensional graphic software.
  • Graduates have knowledge of basic business practice and the history of various design industries.
  • Graduates have the ability to present their work to colleagues, potential employers or for entry into graduate school.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design (code DESNBF01)

  • Graduates possess an understanding of two and three-dimensional design.
  • Graduates have knowledge of design principles in residential and commercial projects.
  • Graduates possess an understanding in human factors: anthropometrics, ergonomics and proxemics.
  • Graduates have the ability to communicate concepts to designers, clients and potential employers.
  • Graduates possess an understanding of construction, building systems and the knowledge of legal codes related to construction.
  • Graduates process the knowledge of materials, basic understanding of manufacturing process, lighting systems and sustainable design resources as they relate to interior architecture.
  • Graduates have knowledge of AutoCAD, 3D StudioMAX, and other appropriate two-dimensional and three-dimensional graphic software.
  • Graduates have a knowledge of the history of design, an understanding of the governmental processes, and exposure to the blending of business components with the creative processes.
  • Graduates possess the ability to effectively produce a resume, portfolio, and graphically communicate their projects to clients, colleagues and potential employers.

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design (code DESNBS01)

  • Graduates possess an understanding of two and three-dimensional design principles.
  • Graduates have an understanding of model making methods.
  • Graduates possess an understanding in human factors: anthropometrics, ergonomics and proxemics.
  • Graduates have the ability to communicate concepts using 3D software packages such as Solidworks and AutoCAD.
  • Graduates have the ability to communicate concepts using 2D software packages such as Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Graduates process the knowledge of materials, and basic understanding of manufacturing process.
  • Graduates have the ability to understand the industrial design process (research, ideation, and execution).
  • Graduates have knowledge of the history of design and design methodologies.
  • Graduates possess the ability to effectively produce a resume, portfolio, and graphically communicate their projects to clients, colleagues and potential employers.

Department of Film and Electronic Arts

Bachelor of Arts

Option in Film and Electronic Media (code FEA_BA01)

  • Identify vocabulary of media history, theory, and critical studies;
  • Demonstrate understanding of these terms through media production exercises, tests, and projects;
  • Apply conceptual learning in assessing media productions;
  • Read and research theory and criticism;
  • Evaluate and express in writing appreciation of the ways personal vision, technique, technology, cultural, critical or philosophical issues and business and politics shape media products and media ecology.

Option in Film and Video Production (code FEA_BA02)

  • Identify key vocabulary of media production and media technology;
  • Demonstrate understanding of these terms through media production exercises, tests, and projects;
  • Distinguish among and write about basic aesthetic concepts related to film & electronic media production;
  • Read media criticism and apply critical categories in written assignments;
  • Evaluate their and their peers’ creative achievements and produce commentaries that integrate appreciation for personal (artistic) vision, technical sophistication, and critical, cultural, or philosophical issues and that provide feedback for further growth.

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Bachelor of Arts in Music

  • Knowledge of Theory and sight-reading ability
  • Knowledge of music history and repertoire
  • Knowledge of musical styles
  • Performance ability on primary instrument or voice
    *Research skills (BA and BM Music History only)

Bachelor of Music

  • Knowledge of Theory and sight-reading ability
  • Knowledge of music history and repertoire
  • Knowledge of musical styles
  • Performance ability on primary instrument or voice
    *Research skills (BA and BM Music History only)
  • Keyboard skills
  • Conducting skills
  • Improvisational skills
  • Compositional skills
  • Technology skills

Music Education

  • Knowledge of arranging techniques
  • Knowledge of music education methods, materials and repertoire
  • Knowledge of assessment techniques
  • Skill on secondary instruments and voice

Music Performance (Instrumental, Choral/Vocal, Jazz)

  • Advanced performance skill in area of concentration
  • Knowledge of counterpoint
  • Knowledge of pedagogy (piano, vocal or instrumental)
  • Advanced knowledge of history and repertoire

Music History & Literature

  • Advanced knowledge of music history
  • Advanced knowledge of music literature
  • Knowledge of counterpoint
  • Languages
  • Knowledge of research methods

Music Theaory & Composition

  • Advanced knowledge of Music Theory
  • Advanced knowledge of music composition
  • Knowledge of Counterpoint and Materials of Modern Music
  • Advanced musicianship skills
  • Advanced techniques in technology

Master of Arts in Music

Music Education

  • Advanced critical thinking and writing skills.
  • History and philosophies of music education
  • Music education learning theories
  • Current educational issues in the schools
  • Teaching methodologies and means of assessments
  • Multicultural issues and resources
  • Research skills and scholarship in the field
  • The use of technology as a teaching tool

Musicology

  • Advanced critical thinking and writing skills.
  • Modes and approaches to scholarly inquiry
  • Current issues in musicology
  • Publications in the discipline
  • Multicultural musics and resources
  • Research and evaluative skills
  • Use of technology in the classroom

Music Theory

  • Advanced critical thinking and writing skills.
  • Modes and theoretical approaches to music
  • Current issues in the field
  • Publications in the discipline
  • Cross-cultural theoretical skills
  • Research and evaluative skills
  • Teaching methodologies, including the use of technology

Master of Music

Composition

  • Contemporary musical styles and techniques
  • Aesthetics of contemporary music
  • Notational practices in music
  • Use of technology as a compositional tool
  • Approaches to teaching theory/composition
  • Research and writing in the discipline

Conducting

  • Diverse musical styles
  • Breadth of repertory in the field
  • Performance practice issues in the discipline
  • Aesthetic issues relating to performance
  • Cross-discipline issues in conducting
  • Research and writing in the discipline

Performance

  • Diverse musical styles
  • Breadth of repertory in the field
  • Performance practice issues in the discipline
  • Aesthetic issues relating to performance
  • Pedagogical issues relating to the instrument.
  • Research and writing in the discipline

Opera

  • Diverse musical styles
  • Breadth of repertory in the field
  • Stage movement and acting
  • Aesthetic issues relating to performance
  • Pedagogical issues relating to the instrument
  • Research and writing in the discipline

Department of Theatre

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts (code THEABA01)

  • Participate in the creation and presentation of public performances of theatre.
  • Develop visual and aural perceptions related to theatre performance, as well as a structured approach to the use of language in writing for and about the stage.
  • Understand and demonstrate basic production processes such as acting; directing; stage, costume, and lighting design; and basic technical operations related to stage productions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical and cultural dimensions of theatre, including the works of leading playwrights, actors, directors, and designers, past and present.
  • Understand and evaluate contemporary thinking about theatre and related arts.
  • Make informed assessments of quality in works of theatre.
  • Develop a clear understanding of the interaction between script, actor, and audience and the areas of scenery, lighting, sound, and costume.
  • Develop means of effective verbal and visual communication.
  • Develop and demonstrate competence in the technical skills necessary to produce theatre at a professional level.
  • Develop the skills necessary to effectively use the library and internet for research.

Option in Performance: Acting (code THEABA02)

  • Participate in the creation and presentation of public performances of theatre.
  • Develop visual and aural perceptions related to theatre performance, as well as a structured approach to the use of language in writing for and about the stage.
  • Understand and demonstrate basic production processes such as acting; directing; stage, costume, and lighting design; and basic technical operations related to stage productions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical and cultural dimensions of theatre, including the works of leading playwrights, actors, directors, and designers, past and present.
  • Understand and evaluate contemporary thinking about theatre and related arts.
  • Make informed assessments of quality in works of theatre.
  • Develop a clear understanding of the interaction between script, actor, and audience and the areas of scenery, lighting, sound, and costume.
  • Develop means of effective verbal and visual communication.
  • Develop and demonstrate competence in the technical skills necessary to produce theatre at a professional level.
  • Develop the skills necessary to effectively use the library and internet for research.
  • Become familiar with and demonstrate competence in a number of theatrical performance techniques.

Option in Technical Theatre: Scenery/Costume/Lighting Design (code THEABA03)

  • Participate in the creation and presentation of public performances of theatre.
  • Develop visual and aural perceptions related to theatre performance, as well as a structured approach to the use of language in writing for and about the stage.
  • Understand and demonstrate basic production processes such as acting; directing; stage, costume, and lighting design; and basic technical operations related to stage productions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical and cultural dimensions of theatre, including the works of leading playwrights, actors, directors, and designers, past and present.
  • Understand and evaluate contemporary thinking about theatre and related arts.
  • Make informed assessments of quality in works of theatre.
  • Develop a clear understanding of the interaction between script, actor, and audience and the areas of scenery, lighting, sound, and costume.
  • Develop means of effective verbal and visual communication.
  • Develop and demonstrate competence in the technical skills necessary to produce theatre at a professional level.
  • Develop the skills necessary to effectively use the library and internet for research.
  • Develop the expertise needed to complete the design process from script to shop to the finished product on stage.

Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts

Option in Acting (code THEAMF01)

  • Advanced critical thinking and writing skills.
  • Themes, practices, and aesthetic imperatives of contemporary theatrical trends;History and methodologies of acting theory.
  • Analysis and performance of Shakespearean text.
  • Principles of vocal production and maintenance.
  • Motors and dynamics of physical expression.

Option in Technical Theatre/Design (code THEAMF02)

  • Advanced critical thinking and writing skills.
  • Themes, practices, and aesthetic imperatives of contemporary theatrical trends.
  • Play text analysis to conceptualize design.
  • Communicating a visual concept.
  • Utilizing CAD and other software for theatrical production.
  • Creation of a personal portfolio and website.
  • How to market skills to pursue design engagements.

Option in Theatre Management (code THEAMF03)

  • Candidates have advanced critical thinking and writing skills.
  • The role of management and artistic staffs in the regional theatre environment.
  • How to function in all areas of theatre management (marketing, development, PR, production management and fiscal management).
  • The issues facing theatre managers today and how to solve them.
  • How the arts culture and its patrons view regional theatre.
  • How to articulate and create strategies for marketing a theatrical season.
  • How to integrate a development plans and marketing plans to create a season mission for a theatre's external affairs.