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The requirements, reviews, and curriculum for CCA's History of Art and Visual Culture program are designed such that graduating students successfully achieve the following program learning outcomes:

Visual Literacy

Students provide a fully-elaborated analysis of objects of art, design, and architecture to prove arguments.

Cultural Literacy

Students show proficiency in understanding the diverse cultural, historical, and theoretical/ideological contexts in which the visual artifacts and structures under consideration were created and received.

Diversity

Students engage diverse histories, perspectives, and values in the study of images, artifacts, and objects of art, architecture, and design.

Students can access reliable information sources with diverse social, cultural, and political positions.

Information Literacy

Students demonstrate proficiency in mobilizing research information (both primary and secondary sources) for the task at hand.

Critical Thinking

Students can synthesize existing information, as well as articulate their own ideas about a given body of visual, critical and/or theoretical material.

Oral Communication

Students can participate appropriately and interactively in a seminar-style intellectual community.

Students can deliver a persuasive oral presentation that communicates the results of research effectively and confidently.

Written Communication

Students can deploy research and close visual analysis in the development of a thesis.

Students can effectively present their ideas and express themselves in writing for a variety of purposes to both professional and academic audiences.