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Learning Outcomes

Last updated on Dec 07, 2018

The requirements, reviews, and curriculum for CCA's Community Arts program are designed such that graduating students successfully achieve the following program learning outcomes:

Written Communication

Students can effectively present their ideas in an evolving artist statement, evaluations that explore dynamics and connections between their studio and community projects, and a thesis that links their work to contemporary ideas and strategies of socially engaged art.

Oral Communication

Students speak clearly and respond effectively to questions about their aesthetic intent, presentation and advocacy for working in public, social and community contexts, and ways to creatively explain and contextualize their work in real world situations.

Visual Communication

Students develop their ideas and make work that expresses themselves across discipline(s), methodologies and histories with the conceptual, material, and technological skills consistent with expectations for the individual criteria below:

  • Concept
    Student demonstrates the ability to make work that is conceptually rigorous.
  • Material
    Student uses materials in consideration of their physical properties as well as their poetic, formal, social or cultural impact.
  • Technique
    Student demonstrates the technical skill consistent with expectations for entry-level professional practice.
  • Presentation
    Student has intentionally installed their work to effectively emphasize its visual impact and/or conceptual meaning.

Creative Thinking

Student combines or synthesizes ideas, images, materials, technique in relationship to social context and cultural content to express themselves in original and innovative ways.

Visual Literacy

Student apply their knowledge of historical and contemporary art and design practices to contextualize their work within historical and social landscapes and contemporary dialogues. Students can speak to local, national and global issues that are relevant to these histories and dialogues.

Artistic Voice

Student understands how meaning is formed through the relationship between multiple works, and is moving towards building an independent artistic voice and a cohesive body of work.

Ethics of Community Engagement/Social Action

Student identifies and confronts ethical complexities specific to social and community-based creative practice. Critically exploring issues of social justice, diversity and cultural fluency, the student develops their own perspectives on navigating this terrain.

Contextual Social and Community Practice

Student combines theory and practice in applying creativity and art/design skills in response to community, public, and site-based situations. Student understands that building relationships, empathy, listening, site analysis, community mapping, collaboration and inclusive community process are involved in effectively working with specific people, publics and communities.