B.A. Art – Written Communication (2013-2014)

Have formal Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) or Student Learning Outcomes (SLOS) been developed?

YES, “Goals for Student Learning in the Major”

Published where? (website)

Art Webpage

Do PLOs include or imply link to Core Competency? (AY 2013-2014: Written Communication)?

“Critical thinking skills and the ability to express this process are significant aspects of studio practice.” [The Department will meet to revise SLOs to align with the new Core Competencies required by WASC]

Process of Core Competency Assessment:

Course (400- level)

ART 321


Students will articulate their conceptual approach and the material processes that are of significance in their practice in a well-organized, concise, and articulate self-reflective narrative.

Type of Student Artifact

A 1-2 page artist’s narrative that accompanies the student portfolio.

Rubric or other instrument

GE Rubric for Written Communication

Data (measurement of the competency)

The exercise was the first time many in the group had been required to develop an artist statement.  In all, nine (N = 9) 1.5 – 2 page documents were reviewed by the full time department faculty.  The mean rating of 2.5 and average score of 2.3 (emerging) are clear indication more work needs to be done to raise the level of written communication skill.

Action Taken in Response to the Data (What will you do in response to the Findings?)

There was general agreement the practice should be implemented for all upper division studio classes as supplement to the standard studio department portfolio requirement.  In the future the department will provide exemplar samples to better assist students in crafting their own Artist Statements. It was also agreed that a “blind” review of student writings, from majors and non-majors, include formal compositions developed in conjunction with upper division art history courses and seminar.

Date of Last Program Review