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MFA Program Learning Outcomes

Placement into the following two MA degrees will depend on the student’s background:

The MA in Art Education

The MA in Art Education prepares students to teach and work in art museums and community-based art programs. Students entering this program are expected to have achieved competencies in the foundational skills of drawing and at least three other media. Through coursework and fieldwork, they learn about program design and delivery as well as teaching diverse audiences. Students are required to demonstrate their professional readiness through a Final Thesis Project.

The MA in Art Education with Studio Emphasis

This MA in Art Education degree program prepares students to teach and work in art museums and community-based art programs. It is identical to the MA in Art Education degree with the addition of 24 units of studio art and design. The 63 unit program is intended to strengthen the art and design portfolio of students entering the art education program with less studio background. Through coursework and fieldwork, they learn about program design and delivery as well as teaching diverse audiences. Students are required to demonstrate their professional readiness through a Final Thesis Project.

MA graduates of the School of Art Education will meet the following student performance criteria:

  • Art and Design Skills

    • Create a portfolio of work representing a broad range of visual art/design media.
  • Teaching and Communication Skills

    • Design effective art education curricula targeted to an intended audience with consideration for the needs of diverse learners.
    • Demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge of sound instructional strategies based on content standards in the visual arts, key contemporary art theories and experiences in the field.
    • Demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge for appropriate uses of technology in arts education settings.
    • Articulate the importance of art in education based on advanced levels of research, observation and experience.
  • Visual Literacy

    • Articulate the formal and expressive properties of works of art / design as well as their content, meaning and purpose at an advanced level.
  • Research and Conceptual Development

    • Produce work that reveals advanced levels of analysis, insight, design and methods based on the distinctive needs and characteristics of art education settings and audiences.
  • Knowledge of Human Development

    • Demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge of human developmental stages and their application to learners’ cognitive, social, emotional and physical abilities in art education settings.
    • Demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge of learners' diverse linguistic and cultural needs in art education settings.
    • Demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge of accelerated learners and special needs learners (physical, cognitive, etc.) in art education settings.
  • Professional Readiness

    • Demonstrate professional-level presentation skills appropriate to art education settings.
    • Demonstrate breadth and depth of accomplishment as an artist and art educator through a professional portfolio at an advanced level.

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
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