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MFA Theatre Production – Design and Technology Specialization

Overview: 

The Design and Technology Division provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the collaborative art of theatre, knowledge of the principles and practices of theatrical design and production, and abilities of self-expression relevant to the art of theatre. 

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

By completion of the MFA Theatre Production – Design and Technology Specialization a student will

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of:
    1. the theatrical production process
    2. theatre history, production theory, and the historical development of theatrical design
    3. the visual history of architecture, furniture and costumes relevant to their discipline
  2. Demonstrate the ability to express artistic thought and concepts in a professional manner relative to their design and/or technical area of emphasis through the following:
    1. research relating to a design or production project
    2. ability to analyze dramatic literature as part of design or production process
    3. ability to present artistic or technical ideas to a group of collaborators
    4. ability to express artistic or technical ideas through drawing, drafting, painting, model-making or other professionally accepted methods
  3. Demonstrate strong ability in collaborative skills within a theatrical production team.
  4. Demonstrate leadership in their chosen area of specialty in theatre design or technology.
  5. Demonstrate strong ability in organizational and management skills in relationship to professional theatrical production.
  6. Demonstrate mastery of skills compatible with the working principles and standards of the American professional theatre and an understanding of the expectations of the workplace.
Assessment Activities: 

1. Production Assignment Evaluation

MFA candidate Learning Outcomes 1a, 2c, 2d, 3, 4, 5 & 6 are assessed at the end of each semester. All students are assessed. Faculty use a common rubric to evaluate the production work of each student. The scored rubrics are filed and available for the student to review. The rubric scores are compiled to provide a snapshot across the MFA program.

2. Portfolio Review

Students in the MFA Design/Technology program present a portfolio of their work to the student body and faculty every semester. MFA candidate Learning Outcomes 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, & 6 are assessed before and during these reviews. Faculty use a common rubric to evaluate the portfolio and presentation of each student. The scored rubrics are filed and available for the student to review. The rubric scores are compiled to provide a snapshot across the MFA program.

3. Semester Evaluation

MFA candidate Learning Outcomes 1a, 2c, 2d, 3, 4, 5 & 6 are assessed at the end of each semester. All students are assessed. A common rubric is used by the student’s faculty advisor to evaluate the individual student performance. The scored rubrics are filed and available for the student to review. The rubric scores are compiled to provide a snapshot across the MFA program.

4. MFA Exit Survey

In 2012, all graduating MFA students in Design and Technology were asked to complete an exit survey that captured the student’s perceptions of their knowledge and competencies as reflected in the student learning outcomes for their degree. This indirect measure provided a beginning snapshot of how students view their learning. This survey was used only once. A new survey reflecting current learning outcomes has been developed and will be in use with all future graduating classes.

5. Master’s Report Evaluation

All MFA candidates must successfully complete a comprehensive project demonstrating mastery of artistic expression, technical ability, organizational skills and professional working standards. Instructors provide verbal and written evaluation of each project. MFA candidate Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 5 & 6 are assessed in the Master’s Report. A common rubric is used by faculty to evaluate the individual student’s performance. The scored rubrics are filed and available for the student to review. The rubric scores are compiled to provide a snapshot of MFA student outcomes at degree completion.

6.  Thesis Project Evaluation

All MFA candidates must successfully complete a Master’s Thesis Project demonstrating mastery of: artistic and technical ability, quality of collaborative and organizational skills. MFA candidate Learning Outcomes 1a, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 5 & 6 are assessed in the Thesis Project. A common rubric is used by faculty to evaluate the individual student’s performance. The scored rubrics are filed and available for the student to review. The rubric scores are compiled to provide a snapshot of MFA student outcomes at degree completion.

Indirect Outcomes Assessment

Exit Survey MFA Design/Technology Graduate Program Spring 2017  Avg. Score n=5
The MFA program in Theatre Production has increased my knowledge of the theatrical production process to an advanced level. 3.00
The MFA program in Theatre Production has increased my knowledge of the theatrical production process to an advanced level. 3.20
The MFA program in Theatre Production has increased my knowledge of the histories of architecture, furniture and costume to an advanced level. 3.00
I leave the MFA program in Theatre Production confident in my ability to conduct detailed research relating to a design or production project. 3.80
I leave the MFA program in Theatre Production confident in my ability to conduct thorough analysis of dramatic literature as part of a design or production process. 3.60
I leave the MFA program in Theatre Production confident in my ability to present artistic or technical concepts to a group of collaborators. 3.60
I leave the MFA program in Theatre Production confident in my ability to Express artistic or technical ideas through professionally accepted tools (drawing, drafting, model-making, etc.). 3.50
The MFA program in Theatre Production has increased to a professional level my ability to collaborate within a production team. 3.20
The MFA program in Theatre Production has increased to a professional level my leadership skills in my area of specialty. 3.40
The MFA program in Theatre Production has increased to a professional level my organizational and time management skills. 3.20
The MFA program in Theatre Production has prepared me to immediately enter the professional theatre workforce. 3.50
*Score Range: 4=strongly agree    3=agree    2=disagree    1=strongly disagree

 

Assessment Findings: 

(Data reported and changed each fall on our Assessment web site)

Assessment Tool

Outcome

2017 Average

n=10

2016 Average

n=11

2015 Average

n= 12

2014 Average

n= 10

2013 Average

n= 9

2012 Average

n= 10

Production Evaluation

(35 points possible)

1a, 2c, 2d, 3, 4, 5 & 6

31.31 30.1

7.9

30.75

29.05

28

Portfolio Review

(30 points possible)

1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, & 6

26.44 24.3

11.4

24.15

22

21.3

Semester Evaluation

(35 points possible)

1a, 2c, 2d, 3, 4, 5 & 6

27.34 28.8

7.9

29.7

28.5

25.5

Assessment Tool

Outcome

2017 Average

n=6

2016 Average

n=5

2015 Average

n= 0

2014 Average

n= 3

2013 Average

n= 5

2012 Average

n= 1

MFA Exit Survey

(40 points possible)

1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, & 5

38.33 32.33

Data TBD

No Data

no data

No Data

Master’s Report Evaluation

(45 points possible)

1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 5 & 6

33.29 41

Data TBD

40.8

40.8

37.5

Thesis Project Evaluation

(35 points possible)

1a, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 5 & 6

31.68 33.13

Data TBD

32.5

31.2

30.5

Narrative Interpretation of Findings:

Based on the three assessment tools used throughout students’ candidacy (Production Evaluation, Portfolio Review, Semester Evaluation) MFA candidates are performing at a satisfactory or above level in terms of the expected learning outcomes associated with the criteria of those assessment tools. 

Based on the three assessment tools specific to 3rd year students’ requirements (Master’s Report

Evaluation, Thesis Project Evaluation and the MFA Exit Survey) MFA candidates were at an acceptable or above level in terms of the expected learning outcomes associated with the criteria of those assessment tools.

Specific to Master’s Report Evaluations, two students did initially require some revision, which they were able to do efficiently and acceptably within the required time. All 4 of the other students Passed or Superior Passed all learning outcomes on their first evaluation.  

Specific to the MFA Exit Survey, most students “agreed” or “strongly agreed” to most statements on the survey. Average results ranged from 3.00 to 3.8 which is in the range between agreed and strongly agreed, which is considered a favorable outcome.

Change in Response to Findings: 

The findings suggest that teaching and mentoring are successful and producing desired outcomes. No changes are deemed necessary to assessment methods, though faculty will continue to evolve the efficiency of the way in which the data is compiled to make it clearer and more quickly accessible.

Updated date: Thu, 06/01/2017 - 15:13