Visual Arts: Studio Arts (BA) 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.
- Students must effectively locate and gather information for research and medium-related analysis through a variety of information media.
- Students must be able to properly evaluate the quality of the information and its sources.
- 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.
- 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.
- Students must assess the quality of gathered and presented information as well as its sources.
- 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.
- 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.
- Students must exhibit a critical understanding of related technical concerns, representational issues, aesthetic practices, ideas and concepts through original projects and/or papers.
- Students must transform critical and analytical research into well-conceptualized projects and informed responses.
- Students must be able to move from concept to project actualization.
- Students must have a strong understanding of technique in order to properly troubleshoot and solve conceptual and creative issues related to a project.
Public Written Communication
- Students must communicate clearly by writing research or response papers of various lengths, which support coursework requirements.
- Students must communicate their conceptual and creative concepts clearly in written project statements.
- Students must formulate a point of view and be able to defend it within the written format.
Public Oral Communication
- Students must communicate ideas clearly in oral presentations.
- Students must actively participate in classroom discussions and group critique sessions.
- 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.
Media Literacy, Analysis and Context
- Students must have a historical understanding of the medium they are using and the ideas they are pursuing in their creative work.
- Students must be aware of major theories influencing the art field.
- Students must develop original and well-informed responses to theoretical and critical analysis.
- Students must look for interdisciplinary relationships between art, art history, and other fields of research.
- Students must develop and transform original concepts into well-conceptualized projects – demonstrating a competency in project development.
- Students must choose appropriate medium for the development of their project and/or idea through models, sketches, proposals, and aesthetic choices.
- Students must communicate their creative expression through project presentation at various stages of development.
- Students must have knowledge of the medium they are utilizing for their projects.
- 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.
- Students must properly troubleshoot and solve medium-related problems.
- Students must develop projects with an understanding of a diversified audience.
- Students must properly document their projects, choosing appropriate forms of media
- Students must have an understanding of relevant journals, festivals, firms, etc. for later distribution or field contribution.
- Students must develop field-appropriate professional portfolios and be able to communicate their projects clearly.
- Students must develop attitudes of professional responsibility and accountability.
- Students must develop professional discipline (time-management, organizational skills).