Because the arts embrace public presentations as critical indicators of student success – be they art critiques, readings of papers at symposia, music, dance, or theatrical performances and productions, video screenings, or art exhibits – there are multiple opportunities for clear demonstrations of student outcomes. And, throughout many of the degree programs, especially the professional degree tracks, there are annual benchmarks or review thresholds that students must achieve to progress in their program.
Common to all programs is the development of skills in critical analysis, rhetorical analysis, written and oral communication, and artistic expression/creative thinking.
The following examples demonstrate the variety of ways in which outcomes are assessed. In the School of Art, faculty currently utilize a portfolio review into the BFA program: students must submit eight images that demonstrate their artistic ability and maintain at least a 3.0 major grade point average in required course work. In the Dance Division, students audition each semester for performances to be undertaken that term; 2nd year dance students undergo a sophomore year review with the faculty to discuss their progress toward their degree. In the design/technology, acting and musical theatre programs in the School of Theatre Arts, students undergo end-of-year portfolio reviews and auditions to validate their academic and artistic advancement. Arts education students meet regularly with their faculty in Music, Art, and Theatre Arts, to assess their skill level and their fitness to teach in the public schools. As one of the statewide teacher preparation programs in the arts, the College is particularly cognizant of student outcomes assessment, as its arts education graduates must reach UA and State of Arizona standards for teaching certification.
What follows are the specific outcomes assessments that each academic unit has developed. There are narrative descriptions about the process and matrices of outcomes and assessment vehicles.
In the coming year, the College’s next steps include the full development and implementation of student surveys to provide an alternative perspective with regard to outcomes assessment.
The academic units with the College of Fine Arts maintain long-standing affiliations with their respective professional accreditation bodies. These professional accreditation bodies regularly review, through an extensive and rigorous external review process, the quality of the programs offered within the College. Specific standards, including curricular configuration, outcomes, and assessment, for undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and especially professional degree programs are set by each disciplinary organization.
School of Art - National Association of Schools of Art and Design (for all degrees offered in the School)
School of Dance - National Association of Schools of Dance (for all degrees offered in the School)
School of Music - National Association of Schools of Music (for all degrees offered in the School)
School of Theatre, Film & Television
Theatre Arts - National Association of Schools of Theatre (for all degrees offered in the School)
Film and Television - National Association of Schools of Art and Design (for the BFA degree in media arts)
Information about the national accreditation associations and the accreditation process can be obtained from:
The National Office for Arts Accreditation
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190