Chatham University

Visual Arts Learning Outcomes

B.A. in Visual Arts, Studio Concentration

College-Wide Goals & Objectives

This section explains how the Visual Arts, Studio Concentration Major meets the overarching objectives at Chatham University.

  1. Information Literacy

    1. Students must effectively locate and gather information for research and medium-related analysis through a variety of information media.
    2. Students must be able to properly evaluate the quality of the information and its sources.
    3. Students must utilize their knowledge gathered from various media sources to render well-communicated, designed and conceptualized projects and/or research papers in response to their contextual analysis.
  2. Critical Reading

    1. Students must evaluate art and theories related to critical visual studies through a combination of written and online texts, hand-outs, journal articles, art shows in galleries and museums, artist discussions and in-class lectures, conversations and demonstrations.
    2. Students must assess the quality of gathered and presented information as well as its sources.
  3. Analytical Thinking

    1. Students must critically investigate and respond to the work of other artists, and theorists as well as the work of their peers during critique sessions.
    2. Students must look for multidisciplinary relationships between art, studio practice and other fields of research, examining the role of the artist as well as art works within a broader social context.
    3. Students must exhibit a critical understanding of related technical concerns, representational issues, aesthetic practices, ideas and concepts through original projects and/or papers.
  4. Problem Solving

    1. Students must transform critical and analytical research into well-conceptualized projects and informed responses.
    2. Students must be able to move from concept to project actualization.
    3. Students must have a strong understanding of technique in order to properly troubleshoot and solve conceptual and creative issues related to a project.
  5. Public Written Communication

    1. Students must communicate clearly by writing research or response papers of various lengths, which support coursework requirements.
    2. Students must communicate their conceptual and creative concepts clearly in written project statements.
    3. Students must formulate a point of view and be able to defend it within the written format.
  6. Public Oral Communication

    1. Students must communicate ideas clearly in oral presentations.
    2. Students must actively participate in classroom discussions and group critique sessions.
    3. Students must formulate a point of view and be able to defend it orally.

Program-Specific Goals & Objectives

This section explains the discipline-specific goals and objectives of Visual Arts, Studio Concentration major.

  1. Media Literacy, Analysis and Context

    1. Students must have a historical understanding of the medium they are using and the ideas they are pursuing in their creative work.
    2. Students must be aware of major theories influencing the art field.
    3. Students must develop original and well-informed responses to theoretical and critical analysis.
    4. Students must look for interdisciplinary relationships between art, art history, and other fields of research.
  2. Creative Processes

    1. Students must develop and transform original concepts into well-conceptualized projects – demonstrating a competency in project development.
    2. Students must choose appropriate medium for the development of their project and/or idea through models, sketches, proposals, and aesthetic choices.
    3. Students must communicate their creative expression through project presentation at various stages of development.
  3. Technical Fundamentals

    1. Students must have knowledge of the medium they are utilizing for their projects.
    2. Students must create original projects that draw on their knowledge of the medium in order to thoroughly investigate relationships between concept development and media used.
    3. Students must properly troubleshoot and solve medium-related problems.
  4. Professional Practice

    1. Students must develop projects with an understanding of a diversified audience.
    2. Students must properly document their projects, choosing appropriate forms of media
    3. Students must have an understanding of relevant journals, festivals, firms, etc. for later distribution or field contribution.
    4. Students must develop field-appropriate professional portfolios and be able to communicate their projects clearly.
    5. Students must develop attitudes of professional responsibility and accountability.
    6. Students must develop professional discipline (time-management, organizational skills).

B.A. in Visual Arts, Art History Concentration

College-Wide Goals & Objectives

This section explains the discipline-specific goals and objectives of Visual Arts, Art History Concentration major

  1. Global and Intercultural Understanding

    1. Students must understand the chronology and development of Western art.
    2. Students must understand select non-Western cultures from pre-history to the present.
    3. Students must demonstrate mastery of the course content through exams, quizzes, written and oral work.
    4. Students must have knowledge of historical context.
    5. Students must be proficient in analysis of historical and cultural discourse.
    6. Students must have a knowledge of the art production of Western cultures from the Italian Renaissance through the Modern and/or Contemporary period and selected non-Western cultures, and the ability to evaluate critical issues in art history by demonstrating mastery the course content through exams, quizzes, written and oral work.
  2. Analysis and Critical Thinking

    1. Students must be able to critically analyze and interpret works of art formally and compositionally.
    2. Students must be able to critically analyze and interpret the varied contexts -social, political, cultural, economic, religious, theoretical, etc.- that works of art emerge from and shape through mastery of course content, readings for discussion, and research papers.
    3. Students must be able to write creatively and critically about visual art, confidently utilizing diverse methodological approaches common in the discipline.
    4. Students must be proficient in investigating appropriate sources, primary and secondary, in written work.
    5. Students must execute discipline-specific modes of writing in art history, including research papers, exhibition reviews, exhibition didactics (labels, text panels), catalogue entries, etc. Student writing will also demonstrate knowledge of professional standards of style, word usage, citation, and illustration in art history.
  3. Professional Practice and Presentation

    1. Students must demonstrate the ability to communicate orally in the discipline through knowledge and use of specialized vocabulary and summarizing professional scholarship and articulating cogent criticism, evaluating content, clarity, and substance through discussions and presentations.
    2. Students must have experiential opportunities to work with actual works of art through field trips to local and regional sites and course assignments, work with the university art collections, and curating or planning exhibitions for the university art gallery, in addition to an enhanced understanding of the institutions that display and conserve art collections.
    3. Students must be prepared for graduate study in Art History, Museum Studies, Museum Education, or entry-level work in the art field through mastery of the curriculum and internships/independent studies.