The Division of Art and Visual Culture Education (AVCE) seeks to prepare reflective practitioners, 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 of diversity in art, sensitivity in teaching diverse populations, experience with new ideas in art education, as well as to foster the understanding and appreciation of art in the community. In relation to the University mission, the Art and Visual Culture Education program aims to create life-long learners (including majors, minors, and general education students) inspired to have a life including the arts through discovery, education, and service to the community, state, nation, and world.
- Graduates with a BFA in Art and Visual Culture Education (Teaching Option) should have attained and demonstrated knowledge of art media, processes, art, history of art, the context of artworks, art criticism and aesthetics for the development of instructional and assessment materials as demonstrated by portfolio reviews, passing state qualifying examinations for certification in art, and final assessments on Student Teaching, graded by a practicing mentor teacher and a university student teaching supervisor.
- Graduates with a BFA in Art and Visual Culture Education should be able to plan instruction that uses teaching and learning strategies that take into account student characteristics, age appropriateness, schools and the community.
- Graduates with a BFA in Art and Visual Culture Education should demonstrate knowledge of the use of technology in teaching and learning as demonstrated by incorporation of technology into lesson plans and curricula.
- Graduates with a BFA in Art and Visual Culture Education should have sufficient knowledge of art education and pedagogy to pass the qualifying examinations for all level certification in art.
Assessment Tool #1
In order to assess Learning Outcome #1, #2 and #3 Art and Visual Culture Education majors in upper division courses undergo mandatory portfolio reviews of the work that they have accumulated in previous Art & Visual Culture Education art courses. Faculty members responsible for teaching in the undergraduate program conduct the reviews of the portfolios, along with formal 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 #2
In order to assess Learning Outcome #1, #2 and #3, Art and Visual Culture Education majors are placed with supervising teachers in schools to acquire their student teaching experience. They are observed by faculty and supervising 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 report on the student’s progress. The report will include information that deals with aspects of objective #2, use of teaching and learning strategies and technology relevant to visual arts instruction that takes into account student characteristics, age appropriateness, schools and the community. The student also completes a student teaching portfolio, which is accessed using the AVCE Student Teaching Portfolio Evaluation Rubric.
Assessment Tool #3
In order to assess Learning Outcome #1, #2 and #4, the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA) results are reviewed once a year in the fall. The data from these scores are compiled every semester in a spreadsheet. For each year the passing rate is tallied and the average score is calculated and presented in a chart. The purpose is to ascertain the percentage of Visual Art Studies students who have passed the qualifying examination and the average passing score.
Use of Assessment Tools #1, #2, #3, #4:
Art & Visual Culture Education faculty meet and assess student outcomes on a regular basis as required by Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA) results.
Findings and Changes:
- ARE 440: Theories of Child Art
- ARE 425: Theory & Practice in Art Museums
Senior Capstone course (required): ARE 438: Teaching Art & Visual Culture