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Learning Outcomes

Last updated on Dec 07, 2018

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

Creative Thinking

Student uses critical thinking processes to synthesize ideas and materials in the support of a cohesive body of work.

Visual Communication

Student can develop their ideas and make work that expresses themselves with the conceptual, material, and technological skills consistent with expectations for entry-level professional practice.

  • Content
    Student demonstrates a deeper exploration into well considered, researched, conceptually rigorous work.
  • Material
    Student expands the material vocabulary of their work with increased ambition, in order to continue to discover underlying poetic, formal, social and cultural implications.
  • Technique
    Student demonstrates an awareness of historical and contemporary context in alignment with technical skills consistent with expectations for entry-level professional practice.
  • Presentation
    Student installs their work with consideration of its visual impact and/or conceptual meaning, verbal and written statement, and digital format.

Artistic Voice

Student develops a sustainable studio practice in the development of a strong artistic voice, cohesive body of work, and the ability to employ reflection and critical thinking to support future projects.

Visual Literacy

Student can apply their knowledge and understanding of historical precedents and contemporary issues to deepen the context of their own work within the larger culture of artistic practices.

Professional Practice (Documentation, Portfolio, Presentation)

Student can generate and organize high quality documentation of work (appropriate for various digital contexts as well as print output), can assemble a portfolio and accompanying artist statement for evaluation and application purposes (e.g. junior review, senior exit portfolio, residency or graduate school application), and can create and maintain digital presence (e.g. website).

Professional Practice (Exhibition)

Student understands typologies of different exhibition formats and demonstrates ability to select and install work for solo and group exhibitions, including senior program exhibition and culminating BFA solo exhibition.

Written Communication

Students can recognize and formulate effective writing in various forms to effectively communicate the experience and thought behind their work.

Oral Communication

Students can effectively articulate an analysis of their own work as well as the work of their peers, giving appropriate consideration to audience, context, and format.