The division of Art and Visual Culture Education (AVCE) seeks to prepare reflective practicioners, critical and creative researchers and thinkers, and engaged citizens who teach art in relationship to culture. The division is committed to providing a comprehensive art education that includes knowledge diversity in art, sensitivity in teaching diverse populations, experience with new ideas in art education, as well as foster the understanding and appreciation of art in the community.
- Graduates with an MA in Art Education with an emphasis in either Visual Culture or Community and Museums or Teaching will produce research projects that are critical, creative, and relevant to the teaching, community or museum professions, as demonstrated by the production of a thesis paper or master's project.
- Graduates with an MA in Art Education with an emphasis in either Visual Culture or Community and Museums or Teaching will demonstrate an understanding of historical, contemporary, critical, creative, and relevant research and practice within the teaching, community or museum professions.
- Graduates with the MA in Art Education with an emphasis in either Visual Culture or Community and Museums or Teaching will demonstrate leadership abilities within the teaching, community or museum professions.
- Graduates with the MA in Art Education with an emphasis in teaching should be able to plan instruction that uses teaching and learning strategies tha take into account student characteristics, age appropriateness, school contexts, and the community.
- Graduates with the MA in Art Education with an emphasis in teaching should have sufficient knowledge of art education and pedagogy to pass the qualifying examinations for k-12 certification in art.
Assessment Tool #1
In order to assess Outcome #1, Art & Visual Culture Education faculty meet with students at the beginning of each semester to assess the students needs and monitor their progress through the program. Each graduate student has a thesis committee comprised of a committee chair and two additional faculty members. The committee guides each student through the written master's thesis or master's project. The final assessment takes place at the oral defense of the thesis paper or master's project.
Assessment Tool #2
In order to assess Outcomes #2 and #3, Art & Visual Culture Education faculty assess students through research papers, instructional materials development, grant writing projects, oral and digital presentations, group work, and internships involving research and practice within teaching, museum and community-based settings.
Assessment Tool #3
In order to access Outcome # 4, graduate students undergo mandatory portfolio reviews of the work that they have accumulated in art and visual culture education courses. Faculty members who teach in the graduate program conduct the reviews of the portfolios, along with student interviews. The portfolios include images of artworks, a teaching philosophy, an autobiographical statement, a resume, and unofficial course transcripts. The portfolios are assessed using the AVCE Portfolio Review Evaluation Rubric.
Assessment Tool #4
In order to assess Outcomes #2 and #3, graduate students are placed with mentor teachers in schools to acquire their student teaching experience. Students are observed by both faculty members and mentor teachers, who assess their ability to create and deliver instructional materials that demonstrate their knowledge of teaching and learning in art education. The mechanism for assessing whether the students have met the program objectives will be the supervisor's mid-term and final reports on the student's progress. The report will include information that deals with aspects of Outcome #2, use of teaching and learning strategies relevant to visual arts instruction that takes into account student characteristics, age appropriateness, schools, Arizona instructional standards, and the community. The student also completes a student teaching portfolio, which is assessed using the AVCE Student Teaching Evaluation Rubric.
Use of Assessment Tools #1 and #2:
In order to assess Outcome #2 Art and Visual Culture Education faculty evaluate and plan curricular and course content changes based on feedback from graduate meetings on a yearly basis.
Use of Assessment Tools # 3 and #4
Art and Visual Culture Education faculty meet and assess student outcomes on a regular basis as required by Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA) results, as well as part of the internal mandatory portfolio reviews.
Findings and Changes:
New courses added:
- ARE 525: Theory & Practice in Art Museums
- ARE 535: Theory in Art & Visual Culture Education
- ARE 540: Theories of Child Art