Program Learning Outcomes

BA Art - Studio Practice, Preparation for Teaching

PLO1. Will be able to: analyze and research visual and conceptual problems; both apply and explain their use of basic design principles, concepts, tools, techniques, media, materials, formats, and visual languages to solve those problems; demonstrate their development and application of art knowledge in a wide range of studio courses, culminating in a capstone course.

PLO2. Will be able to: demonstrate increasing skills in the use of diverse materials, tools, and media; explain and evaluate success/failure in individual and group critiques; demonstrate their making/evaluating skills in studio courses and their skills of self-assessment and explanation in a sequence of interdisciplinary professional courses and in a capstone course.

 

PLO3. Will be able to: demonstrate their commitment to valuing art’s role in offering cultural critique and addressing issues of social responsibility in a global society; demonstrate their understanding of the values of contemporary art in their visual and written responses to class assignments in studio courses (and in the interdisciplinary core and capstone courses where these qualities will be assessed), in their work on collaborative group projects, and in the successful articulation of their ideas in exhibitions and artist statements.

 

PLO4. Will be able to: apply knowledge of visual history and theory to creative endeavors and to their professional practice; speak and write clearly about art and global culture, using appropriate terminology and demonstrating their understanding of the contemporary art world; demonstrate their ability to place their own work within the broader context of historical and contemporary art and ideas; demonstrate their understanding of visual history and theory in assignments completed for their art history courses and their understanding of the intellectual context and historical precedents of their own work in assignments completed for their professional core and capstone courses.

 

BA Art - Concentration in Art History and Visual Culture

Graduates of the BA Art/Art History and Visual Culture major:

PLO1. Will be able to demonstrate their knowledge (visual recognition and identification) of significant artworks and of the canon of historical periods customary in Western and Non-Western traditions with increasing sophistication as they enroll in eleven upper-division courses drawn from each of four major areas within the discipline. A graduate might be expected to be entirely comfortable in a large art museum and to comprehend the subject matter and probable function of works made between prehistory and the present and to speak with authority about major artworks in the collection.

 

PLO2. Will be able to demonstrate increasing skills of visual analysis appropriate to describing and explaining artworks from a variety of historical contexts. A graduate might be expected to be entirely comfortable in a large art museum and, without reference to labels or wall text, to be able to analyze and then to categorize all artworks, including unusual ones, and to describe likely processes of ideation and production of each work.

 

PLO3. Will demonstrate the writing and research skills necessary for the accurate and complete investigation and communication of art historical information. A graduate will be able to identify and address a research problem such as might be encountered in a specialized seminar and to demonstrate  creative and critical thinking, visual analysis, integration of theoretical perspectives, proficient use of a variety of research strategies, clear communication with an intended audience.

 

PL04. Will demonstrate a theoretical, historiographic, and professional understanding of the discipline of Art History and apply this understanding to explaining and solving research problems. A graduate will be able to discuss the nature and historical development of modern and contemporary theories used by art historians, to identify suitable methods for framing a research topic, and to explain professional paths open to art historians with BA and advanced degrees.

 

BA Art - Concentration in Studio Practice

PLO1 (Art Knowledge) Graduates will be able to analyze and research visual and conceptual problems and both apply and explain their use of basic design principles, concepts, tools, techniques, media, materials, formats, and visual languages to solve those problems. We expect our students to bring their expertise in finding visual‐verbal solutions to problems as they embark on a lifetime of self‐ and professional employment in a variety of careers. As students they will demonstrate their development and application of art knowledge in a wide range of studio courses, culminating in a capstone course.

 

PLO2 (Art Skills) Graduates will be able to demonstrate increasing skills in the use of diverse materials, tools, and media, and be able to explain and evaluate success/failure in individual and group critiques. We expect our graduates to be lifelong problem‐identifiers and problem solvers, always on the lookout for new and better skills. Prior to graduation, they will demonstrate their making/evaluating skills in studio courses and their skills of self‐assessment and explanation in a sequence of interdisciplinary professional courses and in a capstone course.

 

PLO3 (Art Values) Graduates will demonstrate their commitment to valuing art’s role in offering cultural critique and addressing issues of social responsibility in a global society. As creative professionals, our graduates will, we hope, assume leadership roles in engaging with social and cultural change—as teachers, as critics, as spokespersons for important issues that cannot yet be imagined. As undergraduates, our students will demonstrate their understanding of the values of contemporary art in their visual and written responses to class assignments in studio courses and in the interdisciplinary core and capstone courses (where these qualities will be assessed), in their work on collaborative group projects, in the successful articulation of their ideas in exhibitions and artist statements.

 

PLO4 (History/Theory) Graduates will apply their knowledge of visual history and theory to their creative endeavors and to their professional practice. They will be able to speak and write clearly about art and global culture, using appropriate terminology and demonstrating their understanding of the contemporary art world. They will demonstrate their ability to place their own work within the broader context of historical and contemporary art and ideas. Our graduates will commit to continued personal engagement with intellectual issues in contemporary art and culture. As students, they will demonstrate their understanding of visual history and theory in assignments completed for their art history courses and their understanding of the intellectual context and historical precedents of their own work in assignments completed for their professional core and capstone courses.

 

 

BFA Art - Concentration in Digital Media Art

PLO1 (Art Knowledge) Graduates will be able to analyze and research visual and conceptual problems and both apply and explain their use of basic design principles, concepts, tools, techniques, media, materials, formats, and visual languages to solve those problems. We expect our students to bring their expertise in finding visual‐verbal solutions to problems as they embark on a lifetime of self‐ and professional employment in a variety of careers. As students they will demonstrate their development and application of art knowledge in a wide range of studio courses, culminating in a capstone course.

 

PLO2 (Art Skills) Graduates will be able to demonstrate increasing skills in the use of diverse materials, tools, and media, and be able to explain and evaluate success/failure in individual and group critiques. We expect our graduates to be lifelong problem‐identifiers and problem solvers, always on the lookout for new and better skills. Prior to graduation, they will demonstrate their making/evaluating skills in studio courses and their skills of self‐assessment and explanation in a sequence of interdisciplinary professional courses and in a capstone course.

 

PLO3 (Art Values) Graduates will demonstrate their commitment to valuing art’s role in offering cultural critique and addressing issues of social responsibility in a global society. As creative professionals, our graduates will, we hope, assume leadership roles in engaging with social and cultural change—as teachers, as critics, as spokespersons for important issues that cannot yet be imagined. As undergraduates, our students will demonstrate their understanding of the values of contemporary art in their visual and written responses to class assignments in studio courses and in the interdisciplinary core and capstone courses (where these qualities will be assessed), in their work on collaborative group projects, in the successful articulation of their ideas in exhibitions and artist statements.

 

PLO4 (History/Theory) Graduates will apply their knowledge of visual history and theory to their creative endeavors and to their professional practice. They will be able to speak and write clearly about art and global culture, using appropriate terminology and demonstrating their understanding of the contemporary art world. They will demonstrate their ability to place their own work within the broader context of historical and contemporary art and ideas. Our graduates will commit to continued personal engagement with intellectual issues in contemporary art and culture. As students, they will demonstrate their understanding of visual history and theory in assignments completed for their art history courses and their understanding of the intellectual context and historical precedents of their own work in assignments completed for their professional core and capstone courses.

 

PLO5 (Professional Preparation) Our BFA graduates will demonstrate their readiness for careers as creative professionals by completing a more sequenced and specialized course of study in Digital Media Art. Admission to the BFA requires students to demonstrate their ability to work independently as digital media artists. Students will have successfully developed and presented for review by the Department’s faculty (a) a unified body of work (10 images), (b) n artist statement (of purpose) and then secured (c) support and commitment of two area faculty members willing to serve on that student’s BFA committee. Each BFA candidate then (d) successfully completes the professional BFA seminar and (e) schedules and mounts in one of the Department’s student exhibition galleries a solo exhibition (as the work for ART 199) that meets the approval of the student’s BFA committee. Our BFA graduates will embark on professional careers as practicing artists and creative professionals and/or apply to MFA programs for further instruction and certification for college/university teaching.

 

BFA Art - Concentration in Photography

PLO1 (Art Knowledge) Graduates will be able to analyze and research visual and conceptual problems and both apply and explain their use of basic design principles, concepts, tools, techniques, media, materials, formats, and visual languages to solve those problems. We expect our students to bring their expertise in finding visual‐verbal solutions to problems as they embark on a lifetime of self‐ and professional employment in a variety of careers. As students they will demonstrate their development and application of art knowledge in a wide range of studio courses, culminating in a capstone course.

 

PLO2 (Art Skills) Graduates will be able to demonstrate increasing skills in the use of diverse materials, tools, and media, and be able to explain and evaluate success/failure in individual and group critiques. We expect our graduates to be lifelong problem‐identifiers and problem solvers, always on the lookout for new and better skills. Prior to graduation, they will demonstrate their making/evaluating skills in studio courses and their skills of self‐assessment and explanation in a sequence of interdisciplinary professional courses and in a capstone course.

 

PLO3 (Art Values) Graduates will demonstrate their commitment to valuing art’s role in offering cultural critique and addressing issues of social responsibility in a global society. As creative professionals, our graduates will, we hope, assume leadership roles in engaging with social and cultural change—as teachers, as critics, as spokespersons for important issues that cannot yet be imagined. As undergraduates, our students will demonstrate their understanding of the values of contemporary art in their visual and written responses to class assignments in studio courses and in the interdisciplinary core and capstone courses (where these qualities will be assessed), in their work on collaborative group projects, in the successful articulation of their ideas in exhibitions and artist statements.

 

PLO4 (History/Theory) Graduates will apply their knowledge of visual history and theory to their creative endeavors and to their professional practice. They will be able to speak and write clearly about art and global culture, using appropriate terminology and demonstrating their understanding of the contemporary art world. They will demonstrate their ability to place their own work within the broader context of historical and contemporary art and ideas. Our graduates will commit to continued personal engagement with intellectual issues in contemporary art and culture. As students, they will demonstrate their understanding of visual history and theory in assignments completed for their art history courses and their understanding of the intellectual context and historical precedents of their own work in assignments completed for their professional core and capstone courses.

 

PLO5 (Professional Preparation) Our BFA graduates will demonstrate their readiness for careers as photographic artists by completing a more sequenced and specialized course of study in photography. Admission to the BFA requires students to demonstrate their ability to work independently as artists. Students will have successfully developed and presented for review by the Department’s faculty (a) a unified body of work (10 images), (b) n artist statement (of purpose) and then secured (c) support and commitment of two area faculty members willing to serve on that student’s BFA committee. Each BFA candidate then (d) successfully completes the professional BFA seminar and (e) schedules and mounts in one of the Department’s student exhibition galleries a solo exhibition (as the work for ART 199) that meets the approval of the student’s BFA committee. Our BFA graduates will embark on professional careers as practicing artists and creative professionals and/or apply to MFA programs for further instruction and certification for college/university teaching.

 

BFA Art - Concentration in Pictorial Art

PLO1 (Art Knowledge) Graduates will be able to analyze and research visual and conceptual problems and both apply and explain their use of basic design principles, concepts, tools, techniques, media, materials, formats, and visual languages to solve those problems. We expect our students to bring their expertise in finding visual‐verbal solutions to problems as they embark on a lifetime of self‐ and professional employment in a variety of careers. As students they will demonstrate their development and application of art knowledge in a wide range of studio courses, culminating in a capstone course.

 

PLO2 (Art Skills) Graduates will be able to demonstrate increasing skills in the use of diverse materials, tools, and media, and be able to explain and evaluate success/failure in individual and group critiques. We expect our graduates to be lifelong problem‐identifiers and problem solvers, always on the lookout for new and better skills. Prior to graduation, they will demonstrate their making/evaluating skills in studio courses and their skills of self‐assessment and explanation in a sequence of interdisciplinary professional courses and in a capstone course.

 

PLO3 (Art Values) Graduates will demonstrate their commitment to valuing art’s role in offering cultural critique and addressing issues of social responsibility in a global society. As creative professionals, our graduates will, we hope, assume leadership roles in engaging with social and cultural change—as teachers, as critics, as spokespersons for important issues that cannot yet be imagined. As undergraduates, our students will demonstrate their understanding of the values of contemporary art in their visual and written responses to class assignments in studio courses and in the interdisciplinary core and capstone courses (where these qualities will be assessed), in their work on collaborative group projects, in the successful articulation of their ideas in exhibitions and artist statements.

 

PLO4 (History/Theory) Graduates will apply their knowledge of visual history and theory to their creative endeavors and to their professional practice. They will be able to speak and write clearly about art and global culture, using appropriate terminology and demonstrating their understanding of the contemporary art world. They will demonstrate their ability to place their own work within the broader context of historical and contemporary art and ideas. Our graduates will commit to continued personal engagement with intellectual issues in contemporary art and culture. As students, they will demonstrate their understanding of visual history and theory in assignments completed for their art history courses and their understanding of the intellectual context and historical precedents of their own work in assignments completed for their professional core and capstone courses.

 

PLO5 (Professional Preparation) Our BFA graduates will demonstrate their readiness for careers as creative professionals by completing a more sequenced and specialized course of study in painting, drawing, print-making and other pictorial art. Admission to the BFA requires students to demonstrate their ability to work independently as artists. Students will have successfully developed and presented for review by the Department’s faculty (a) a unified body of work (10 images), (b) n artist statement (of purpose) and then secured (c) support and commitment of two area faculty members willing to serve on that student’s BFA committee. Each BFA candidate then (d) successfully completes the professional BFA seminar and (e) schedules and mounts in one of the Department’s student exhibition galleries a solo exhibition (as the work for ART 199) that meets the approval of the student’s BFA committee. Our BFA graduates will embark on professional careers as practicing artists and creative professionals and/or apply to MFA programs for further instruction and certification for college/university teaching.

 

BFA Art - Concentration in Spatial Art

PLO1 (Art Knowledge) Graduates will be able to analyze and research visual and conceptual problems and both apply and explain their use of basic design principles, concepts, tools, techniques, media, materials, formats, and visual languages to solve those problems. We expect our students to bring their expertise in finding visual‐verbal solutions to problems as they embark on a lifetime of self‐ and professional employment in a variety of careers. As students they will demonstrate their development and application of art knowledge in a wide range of studio courses, culminating in a capstone course.

 

PLO2 (Art Skills) Graduates will be able to demonstrate increasing skills in the use of diverse materials, tools, and media, and be able to explain and evaluate success/failure in individual and group critiques. We expect our graduates to be lifelong problem‐identifiers and problem solvers, always on the lookout for new and better skills. Prior to graduation, they will demonstrate their making/evaluating skills in studio courses and their skills of self‐assessment and explanation in a sequence of interdisciplinary professional courses and in a capstone course.

 

PLO3 (Art Values) Graduates will demonstrate their commitment to valuing art’s role in offering cultural critique and addressing issues of social responsibility in a global society. As creative professionals, our graduates will, we hope, assume leadership roles in engaging with social and cultural change—as teachers, as critics, as spokespersons for important issues that cannot yet be imagined. As undergraduates, our students will demonstrate their understanding of the values of contemporary art in their visual and written responses to class assignments in studio courses and in the interdisciplinary core and capstone courses (where these qualities will be assessed), in their work on collaborative group projects, in the successful articulation of their ideas in exhibitions and artist statements.

 

PLO4 (History/Theory) Graduates will apply their knowledge of visual history and theory to their creative endeavors and to their professional practice. They will be able to speak and write clearly about art and global culture, using appropriate terminology and demonstrating their understanding of the contemporary art world. They will demonstrate their ability to place their own work within the broader context of historical and contemporary art and ideas. Our graduates will commit to continued personal engagement with intellectual issues in contemporary art and culture. As students, they will demonstrate their understanding of visual history and theory in assignments completed for their art history courses and their understanding of the intellectual context and historical precedents of their own work in assignments completed for their professional core and capstone courses.

 

PLO5 (Professional Preparation) Our BFA graduates will demonstrate their readiness for careers as creative professionals by completing a more sequenced and specialized course of study in scultpure, installation and other three-dimensional art forms. Admission to the BFA requires students to demonstrate their ability to work independently as artists. Students will have successfully developed and presented for review by the Department’s faculty (a) a unified body of work (10 images), (b) n artist statement (of purpose) and then secured (c) support and commitment of two area faculty members willing to serve on that student’s BFA committee. Each BFA candidate then (d) successfully completes the professional BFA seminar and (e) schedules and mounts in one of the Department’s student exhibition galleries a solo exhibition (as the work for ART 199) that meets the approval of the student’s BFA committee. Our BFA graduates will embark on professional careers as practicing artists and creative professionals and/or apply to MFA programs for further instruction and certification for college/university teaching.

 

MA Art - Concentration in Art History and Visual Culture

 PLO1. Will be able to demonstrate their knowledge (visual recognition and identification) of significant artworks and of the canon of historical periods customary in Western and Non-Western traditions with increasing sophistication as they enroll in upper-division courses and seminars. A graduate should be entirely comfortable in a large art museum and should comprehend the subject matter and probable function of works made between prehistory and the present and speak with authority about major artworks in the collection. Our graduates will command the breadth of knowledge required initially to pass our Comprehensive I exam and then to teach survey courses in Western and Non-Western art at the community college level and will be accustomed to presenting such material orally and to large audiences.

 

PLO2. Will be able to demonstrate increasing skills of visual analysis appropriate to describing and explaining artworks from a variety of historical contexts. A graduate would be expected to be entirely comfortable in a large art museum and, without reference to labels or wall text, be able to analyze and then categorize all artworks, including unusual ones, and to describe likely processes of ideation and production of each work.  Our graduates demonstrate their skills of visual analysis in identifying historical context and function for a series of “unknown” images on the Comprehensive I exam, and they will use the same skills as docents, teachers, museum and other visual professionals.

 

PLO3. Will demonstrate the writing and research skills necessary for the accurate and complete investigation and communication of art historical information. A graduate will be able to identify and address a research problem such as might be encountered in a specialized seminar and to demonstrate  creative and critical thinking, visual analysis, integration of theoretical perspectives, proficient use of a variety of research strategies (including reading knowledge of a world language pertinent to thesis research), clear communication with an intended audience.  Our graduates demonstrate their increasing proficiencies with these skills in their work in five graduate seminars and then by preparing a thesis proposal and passing an individualized Comprehensive II exam based on thesis committee questions related to the thesis topic.

 

PLO4. Will demonstrate a theoretical, historiographic, and professional understanding of the discipline of Art History and apply this understanding to explaining and solving research problems. A graduate will be able to discuss the nature and historical development of modern and contemporary theories used by art historians, to identify suitable methods for framing a research topic, and to explain professional paths open to art historians with BA and advanced degrees. Our graduates will demonstrate their command of current theory either through their work for a methodology seminar and/or through independent study related to the thesis research.  Our graduates will frame their thesis arguments theoretically and will demonstrate their professional understanding of the discipline by participating in conferences and other professional activities prior to graduation.

 

MFA Art - Concentration in Digital Media Art

PLO1. Will be able to analyze and research visual and conceptual problems and both apply and explain their sophisticated use of the elements and principles of art to solve those problems. Our graduates will be artists capable of studio practice and exhibition at the professional level.

 

PLO2. Will be able to demonstrate increased technical capabilities and skills relevant to their areas of expertise and be able to explain and evaluate success/failure in individual and group critiques. We expect our graduates to be lifelong problem-identifiers and problem-solvers, always on the lookout for new and better skills.  Prior to participation in a final thesis exhibition, MFA candidates will already have demonstrated their skills in portfolio reviews, frequent faculty and peer critiques, evaluations by thesis committee members, and in solo and group exhibitions.

 

PLO3. Will demonstrate their commitment to valuing art’s role in offering cultural critique and addressing issues of social responsibility in a global society. As creative professionals, our graduates will, we hope, assume leadership roles in engaging with social and cultural change--as teachers, as critics, as spokespersons for important issues which cannot yet be imagined.  As graduate students, our MFA candidates will demonstrate their understanding of the values of contemporary art in their visual and written responses to class assignments in area and interdisciplinary seminars and in the successful articulation of their ideas in exhibitions and artist statements.

 

PLO4. Will apply their knowledge of visual history and theory to their creative endeavors and to their professional practice. They will be able to speak and write clearly about art and global culture and demonstrate their understanding of the contemporary and global art world. They will demonstrate their ability to place their own work within the broader context of historical and contemporary art and theory.  Our graduates will commit to continued personal engagement with intellectual issues in contemporary art and culture.

 

PLO5. Will not only be capable of studio practice and exhibition at the professional level but also will have demonstrated the ability to organize and present technical and intellectual information and to lecture/teach on a variety of specialized topics in digitial media art. Those students who seek teaching positions while still in graduate school will be mentored in classroom assistant capacity for two semesters, carefully screened for a teaching pool, trained as teachers, and carefully evaluated when hired as Teaching Associates. We expect our graduates to be experienced and professional teachers.

 

MFA Art - Concentration in Photography

PLO1. Will be able to analyze and research visual and conceptual problems and both apply and explain their sophisticated use of the elements and principles of art to solve those problems. Our graduates will be artists capable of studio practice and exhibition at the professional level.

 

PLO2. Will be able to demonstrate increased technical capabilities and skills relevant to their areas of expertise and be able to explain and evaluate success/failure in individual and group critiques. We expect our graduates to be lifelong problem-identifiers and problem-solvers, always on the lookout for new and better skills.  Prior to participation in a final thesis exhibition, MFA candidates will already have demonstrated their skills in portfolio reviews, frequent faculty and peer critiques, evaluations by thesis committee members, and in solo and group exhibitions.

 

PLO3. Will demonstrate their commitment to valuing art’s role in offering cultural critique and addressing issues of social responsibility in a global society. As creative professionals, our graduates will, we hope, assume leadership roles in engaging with social and cultural change--as teachers, as critics, as spokespersons for important issues which cannot yet be imagined.  As graduate students, our MFA candidates will demonstrate their understanding of the values of contemporary art in their visual and written responses to class assignments in area and interdisciplinary seminars and in the successful articulation of their ideas in exhibitions and artist statements.

 

PLO4. Will apply their knowledge of visual history and theory to their creative endeavors and to their professional practice. They will be able to speak and write clearly about art and global culture and demonstrate their understanding of the contemporary and global art world. They will demonstrate their ability to place their own work within the broader context of historical and contemporary art and theory.  Our graduates will commit to continued personal engagement with intellectual issues in contemporary art and culture.

 

PLO5. Will not only be capable of studio practice and exhibition at the professional level but also will have demonstrated the ability to organize and present technical and intellectual information and to lecture/teach on a variety of topics in photography. Those students who seek teaching positions while still in graduate school will be mentored in classroom assistant capacity for two semesters, carefully screened for a teaching pool, trained as teachers, and carefully evaluated when hired as Teaching Associates. We expect our graduates to be experienced and professional teachers.

MFA Art - Concentration in Pictorial Art

PLO1. Will be able to analyze and research visual and conceptual problems and both apply and explain their sophisticated use of the elements and principles of art to solve those problems. Our graduates will be artists capable of studio practice and exhibition at the professional level.

 

PLO2. Will be able to demonstrate increased technical capabilities and skills relevant to their areas of expertise and be able to explain and evaluate success/failure in individual and group critiques. We expect our graduates to be lifelong problem-identifiers and problem-solvers, always on the lookout for new and better skills.  Prior to participation in a final thesis exhibition, MFA candidates will already have demonstrated their skills in portfolio reviews, frequent faculty and peer critiques, evaluations by thesis committee members, and in solo and group exhibitions.

 

PLO3. Will demonstrate their commitment to valuing art’s role in offering cultural critique and addressing issues of social responsibility in a global society. As creative professionals, our graduates will, we hope, assume leadership roles in engaging with social and cultural change--as teachers, as critics, as spokespersons for important issues which cannot yet be imagined.  As graduate students, our MFA candidates will demonstrate their understanding of the values of contemporary art in their visual and written responses to class assignments in area and interdisciplinary seminars and in the successful articulation of their ideas in exhibitions and artist statements.

 

PLO4. Will apply their knowledge of visual history and theory to their creative endeavors and to their professional practice. They will be able to speak and write clearly about art and global culture and demonstrate their understanding of the contemporary and global art world. They will demonstrate their ability to place their own work within the broader context of historical and contemporary art and theory.  Our graduates will commit to continued personal engagement with intellectual issues in contemporary art and culture.

 

PLO5. Will not only be capable of studio practice and exhibition at the professional level but also will have demonstrated the ability to organize and present technical and intellectual information and to lecture/teach on a variety of topics in pictorial art. Those students who seek teaching positions while still in graduate school will be mentored in classroom assistant capacity for two semesters, carefully screened for a teaching pool, trained as teachers, and carefully evaluated when hired as Teaching Associates. We expect our graduates to be experienced and professional teachers.

MFA Art - Concentration in Spatial Art

PLO1. Will be able to analyze and research visual and conceptual problems and both apply and explain their sophisticated use of the elements and principles of art to solve those problems. Our graduates will be artists capable of studio practice and exhibition at the professional level.

 

PLO2. Will be able to demonstrate increased technical capabilities and skills relevant to their areas of expertise and be able to explain and evaluate success/failure in individual and group critiques. We expect our graduates to be lifelong problem-identifiers and problem-solvers, always on the lookout for new and better skills.  Prior to participation in a final thesis exhibition, MFA candidates will already have demonstrated their skills in portfolio reviews, frequent faculty and peer critiques, evaluations by thesis committee members, and in solo and group exhibitions.

 

PLO3. Will demonstrate their commitment to valuing art’s role in offering cultural critique and addressing issues of social responsibility in a global society. As creative professionals, our graduates will, we hope, assume leadership roles in engaging with social and cultural change--as teachers, as critics, as spokespersons for important issues which cannot yet be imagined.  As graduate students, our MFA candidates will demonstrate their understanding of the values of contemporary art in their visual and written responses to class assignments in area and interdisciplinary seminars and in the successful articulation of their ideas in exhibitions and artist statements.

 

PLO4. Will apply their knowledge of visual history and theory to their creative endeavors and to their professional practice. They will be able to speak and write clearly about art and global culture and demonstrate their understanding of the contemporary and global art world. They will demonstrate their ability to place their own work within the broader context of historical and contemporary art and theory.  Our graduates will commit to continued personal engagement with intellectual issues in contemporary art and culture.

 

PLO5. Will not only be capable of studio practice and exhibition at the professional level but also will have demonstrated the ability to organize and present technical and intellectual information and to lecture/teach on a variety of topics in scultpure and related media. Those students who seek teaching positions while still in graduate school will be mentored in classroom assistant capacity for two semesters, carefully screened for a teaching pool, trained as teachers, and carefully evaluated when hired as Teaching Associates. We expect our graduates to be experienced and professional teachers.