School of Art History
MA Program Learning Outcomes
Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:
Art Historical Knowledge
Demonstrate advanced specialized knowledge of a specific period or field of art history, including the creative process and related intellectual issues, through a final written thesis.
Research and Analysis
Research and persuasively analyze/argue an art historical issue and/or theoretical position
Apply theoretical and methodological approaches to the interpretation of Western art and architecture.
Conduct independent scholarly research, highlighting a joint understanding of art historical issues and the creative process through a written thesis in the student's chosen area of specialization.
Clearly express their ideas through scholarly writing and researched presentations.
Demonstrate reading proficiency in at least one Western European language.
Apply acquired specialized as well as broader art historical knowledge and research skills in a variety of contexts (scholarly, educational, curatorial, connoisseurial).
Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:
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- Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of
art and design.
- Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis
of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
- Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual,
oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
- Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and
- Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
- Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and
contemporary, on art and design products.
- Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for
art and design.
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