Learning Outcomes

The art history faculty has determined the following outcomes for our program:

  • Students will be able to analyze the patterns of interaction between art and its historical context, developing knowledge of the discipline’s subfields across the globe. 
  • Students will be able to integrate art history with other disciplines in the humanities and sciences, such as biology, chemistry, economics, history, literature, political science, philosophy, and theology.
  • Students will be able to apply and critique different methods of interpretation, recognizing the position of each approach within the history of the discipline.
  • Students will be able to develop their own research questions, carry out research to answer their questions, and explain why their research matters to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

A student completing a Film Major in the context of Liberal Arts will be evaluated prior to graduation on the following points before a panel of two or three faculty members:

General View of Film: Based on the initial course in Introduction to Film Art

Film Production: Intermediate grasp of sound, lighting, composition

Film Editing: Digital editing for a film production (Final Cut Pro or Avid non-linear)

History: Solid grasp of American film( feature and documentary), basic knowledge of foreign film (European, Mid-East, Latin American, or World Cinema)

Criticism: Ability to grasp nuances in script, characterization, camera work, etc.

Written Expression: Clarity and proper grammar for essay writing; structure, for screenwriting, with a focus on narrative.

Research: Ability to do scholarly research and documentation

At the same time, as part of the requirement, the Film Major necessitates a student writing a thesis, completing a full-length screenplay, or producing a short film (feature or documentary) under close supervision of an advisor.

The Studio Art Major offers students a course of study that includes introductory and advanced investigations in a variety of media, an exploration of the conceptual approaches inherent in artworks, and background knowledge of art history. Through a course of directed study, advanced students create a body of work equivalent to a visual thesis, which is exhibited.

The Studio Art major will be assessed on their ability to:

  • Create a body of work equivalent to a visual thesis. These artworks should display a mastery of technique, an individual visual and conceptual sensibility, and historical understanding of the issues relevant to their work.
  • Effectively communicate issues and aspects of visual experience and culture in oral and written arguments.
  • Discuss and articulate knowledge of contemporary artists and understanding of the current ideas and concepts generated by visual artworks in global cultural discourse.

They should also:

  • Develop technical abilities and fundamental knowledge with a variety of media.
  • Develop a self-reflective and critical approach in making artworks.
  • Develop creative thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Develop the ability to research ideas, and to make one’s work accessible to others thru clear, well organized visual thinking.
  • Acquire the ability to verbally express the ideas and concepts with which one works visually.
  • Acquire standards for a visually critical and contextualized practice.
  • Develop skills in the preparation and use of presentational strategies.
  • Develop documentation skills consistent with professional practice.
  • Acquire a familiarity with artists and their practice in a variety of historical periods.