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Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Arts in Art

Upon completion of the BA in Art, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competence with the principles of visual organization, including the ability to work with visual elements in two and three dimensions; color theory and its applications; and drawing.
  2. Apply knowledge of the principles of visual organization to conduct formal analysis of artworks.
  3. Demonstrate a working knowledge of media, technologies and equipment applicable to their area of emphasis. This includes environmentally responsible practice.
  4. Identify the major historical achievements in world art, ethical and formal issues, current processes, and directions of their area(s) of emphasis.
  5. Integrate skills in studio practice, theory, analysis, media and technology to address a variety of art problems, independently and in collaboration with others.
  6. Demonstrate through public exhibition the capability to produce work that embodies a coherent set of artistic and intellectual goals. (Senior Art Exhibition)
  7. Demonstrate ability to form and defend value judgments about art and to communicate art ideas, concepts, and requirements to professionals and laypersons related to the practice of the major field. (Senior Thesis)

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art

Upon completion of the BFA in Studio Art, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competence with the principles of visual organization, including the ability to work with visual elements in two and three dimensions; color theory and its applications; and drawing.
  2. Apply knowledge of the principles of visual organization to conduct formal analysis of artworks.
  3. Demonstrate a working knowledge of media, technologies and equipment applicable to their area(s) of emphasis. This includes environmentally responsible practice.
  4. Identify the major historical achievements in world art, ethical and formal issues, current processes, and directions of their area(s) of emphasis.
  5. Integrate skills in studio practice, theory, analysis, media and technology to address a variety of art problems, independently and in collaboration with others.
  6. Present work that demonstrates perceptual acuity, conceptual understanding, and technical facility at a professional entry level in their chosen field(s).
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in communication, presentation, and business skills necessary to engage in professional practice in their major field. This proficiency is based on an understanding of organizational structures and working patterns in artistic, intellectual, economic, technological, and political contexts. (Capstone Seminar Series)
  8. Demonstrate through public exhibition the achievement of professional, entry-level competence in the major area of specialization, including significant technical mastery, capability to produce work and solve professional problems independently, and a coherent set of artistic/intellectual goals. (Senior Art Exhibition)
  9. Demonstrate ability to form and defend value judgments about art and to communicate art ideas, concepts, and requirements to professionals and laypersons related to the practice of the major field. (Senior Thesis)

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Students completion of the BFA in Graphic Design, students will be able to:

  1. Solve communication problems, including the skills of problem identification, research and information gathering, analysis, generation of alternative solutions, prototyping and user testing, and evaluation of outcomes.
  2. Describe and respond to the audiences and contexts, which communication solutions must address, including recognition of the physical, cognitive, cultural, and social human factors that shape design decisions.
  3. Create and develop visual form in response to communication problems, including an understanding of principles of visual organization/ composition, information hierarchy, symbolic representation, typography, aesthetics, and the construction of meaningful messages.
  4. Understand design-related tools and technology, including their roles in the creation, reproduction, and distribution of visual messages. Relevant tools and technologies include, but are not limited to, drawing, offset printing, photography, and time-based and interactive media (film, video, computer multimedia).
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in communication, presentation, and business skills necessary to engage in professional practice in graphic design including the ability to organize and manage design projects and to productively collaborate with others in a team. This competency is based on an understanding of organizational structures and working patterns in design, intellectual, economic, technological, and political contexts. (Capstone Seminar Series)
  6. Demonstrate ability to form and defend value judgments about graphic design and to communicate art ideas, concepts, and requirements to professionals and laypersons related to the practice.
  7. Identify the major historical achievements, current issues, processes, and directions in the graphic design field as well as in art in general.
  8. Identify current intercultural and global issues as they relate to visual communication. Apply ethical reasoning to create sustainable, and socially and environmentally responsible design solutions.