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Assessment in Art

  • How learning outcomes in art are assessed:

    At the course level: Portfolio review and critique are our primary assessment tools. The portfolio should reflect each course's specific learning outcomes and trace a student's development throughout the semester.

    At the program level: Student preparedness for graduation and transfer is reflected through a portfolio of work based on the student's area of concentration. In reviewing the transferability of student portfolios (which primarily occurs once a year during our annual portfolio day period) we are able to assess what may be lacking in student portfolios as a body and the way in which our art program requirements sync with those at 4-year art schools.

    How the results are used at the department/program level to promote student learning and success:

    • Programmatic curriculum development. All program-level curriculum development is aimed at strengthening student portfolios, keeping our programs contemporary, preparing students for transfer, and providing a diverse range of creative experiences for our students.
    • Changes in instructor and instructor mentoring.
    • Changes in scheduling courses.
    • Modification of space and facilities.

    Program-level learning goals are for students to:

    • Work hard, in depth, and take risks in relation to new concepts, content, techniques, and processes.
    • Produce a strong thematic body of work.
    • Be able to extend investigative work on projects over a period of time.
    • Display growth in the understanding of the visual language, issues, and concepts.
    • Develop competence in the manipulation of materials and media (craft).
    • Be able to discuss their own work and the work of others within the context of art discourse and visual literacy.
    • Develop a critical way of seeing, understanding, and interpreting space.
    • Understand the place and role of the artist in society and culture.
    • Develop a level of critical thinking that will enable them to continue to develop their ideas.
    • Develop a level of independence and self-motivation to continue working outside of the academic environment.


    The level to which students develop in these areas will be determined by the art program they complete and individual commitment to that program of study.

    Art programs providing a concentration within a specific medium (AVA, AVC) enable students to achieve a higher level of mastery in that medium. In addition, programs including study in the Liberal Arts (LAA, AVA, AVC) provide students with a set of experiences designed to strengthen their general education abilities.