Eight Learning Goals are common to all programs. By graduation, all students are expected to demonstrate mastery of the skills and abilities represented by the goals.
1. ART MAKING SKILLS: Proficiency with art making technical skills
All students should demonstrate proficiency in a number of studio media and to have an advanced level of proficiency in at least one medium or form of art expression.
In practice, students should demonstrate a general knowledge of studio art media craftsmanship and studio art making skills, and an advanced level of technical knowledge and art-making skills in at least one medium or art form.
2. CORE DISCIPLINES: Knowledge and experience of the core disciplines of the studio fine arts
- All students should have some familiarity with drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking.
- In practice, students should demonstrate some experience or knowledge of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture, although this need not require the completion of specific courses or artwork.
3. AREA OF FOCUS: The ability to produce a body of art works in a specific discipline that displays perceptual acuity, conceptual understanding and technical proficiency
- All students should demonstrate technical, aesthetic and imaginative mastery of at least one chosen artform or art discipline.
- In practice, this would mean the completion of work within a degree or major program, and the creation of a body of artworks in a specific artform that is aesthetically sophisticated, well crafted and expressive of a personal style or point of view.
4. PROFESSIONAL SKILLS: The ability to function independently as professional artists
- All students should work at a professional level and to have the professional skills necessary to function independently as artists.
- In practice, this would mean the ability to mount an exhibition of professional quality work, the demonstration of basic skills in self-promotion, and knowledge of the gallery and professional art world.
5. PERSONAL SELF- EXPRESSION: The ability to articulate aesthetic ideas in a variety of artistic, written and verbal methods
- All students should clearly express their artistic ideas and aspirations through verbal and written methods as well as through visual art.
- In practice, students should be able to speak and write effectively about ideas in critiques, classes and in discussions about art.
6. CRITICAL CONTEXT: A breadth of intellectual knowledge that will allow the formulation of an aesthetic and cultural context for artwork
- All students should have an intellectually sophisticated awareness of art that is informed by many areas of knowledge.
- In practice, students should be able to think broadly and intelligently about art and art making, and to relate art knowledge to other areas of knowledge.
7. ART HISTORY: A general knowledge of art history and a more specific knowledge of the history and methodology of a chosen art discipline
- All students should have a general knowledge of art history, and a more specific knowledge of the art of their chosen studio art discipline.
- In practice, students should demonstrate a general knowledge of historic and contemporary art and a more detailed knowledge of the art and artists important within their own artform or art discipline.
8. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: An ability to formulate and articulate a personal philosophy and aspiration for making art
- All students should be able to articulate their personal goals and intentions for making art.
- In practice, students should create an effective and informed artist’s statement, and to be able to talk and write effectively about their artwork.