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 (Community and Museums Option) should have attained and demonstrated knowledge of art media, processes, art, history of art, the context of artworks, art criticism and aesthetics necessary for teaching and working within museums and community-based settings.
- Graduates with a BFA in Art and Visual Culture Education (Community and Museums Option) should be able to plan diverse and relevant instruction based on the needs of multiple and diverse learners within museums and community-based settings.
- Graduates with a BFA in Art and Visual Culture Education (Community and Museums Option) should demonstrate knowledge of the use of technology in museum and community-based settings.
- Graduates with a BFA in Art and Visual Culture Education (Community and Museums Option) foster the understanding and appreciation of art in the community through innovative programming and/or leadership roles taken during internships.
Assessment Tool #1
In order to assess Learning Outcome #1, #2 and #3, Art and Visual Culture Education majors in an upper division courses are accessed through research papers, instructional materials development, grant-writing opportunities, oral and digital presentations, and related assignments involving research and practice within museum and community settings.
Assessment Tool #2
In order to assess Learning Outcome #2, Art and Visual Culture Education majors in upper division courses work with local community organizations as part of several different courses. Faculty assess student participation and leadership through on-site observations, group projects, grant writing, research papers, and instructional material development.
Assessment Tool #3
In order to assess Learning Outcomes #2 and #4, Art and Visual Culture Education majors are placed as interns in museums and community settings. Students are observed and supervised by faculty who assess their ability to work as leaders and team players with internship and field-based settings. The faculty assess student progress through observations, one-on-one mentoring, and midterm and end-of-semester final reports.
Assessment Tool #4
In order to access Learning Outcome #3, Art and Visual Culture Education faculty review student progress through in-class projects, digital presentations, and electronic portfolios of artwork.
Use of Assessment Tools #1, #2, #3, #4:
Art & Visual Culture Education faculty meet and assess student progress and outcomes on a regular basis in order to evaluate and plan curricular and course content changes based on feedback from undergraduates, internship sites, and faculty members.
Findings and Changes:
Senior Capstone Experience: 9 units Internship credit
- ARE 440: Theories of Child Art
- ARE 425: Theory & Practice in Art Museums