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Learning Objectives

Students graduating from the art/studio arts program will be:

• Creative
1. Demonstrates the ability to recognize, analyze and synthesize many different approaches to the organization of the form and then effectively uses them to manipulate the formal impact of the work;
2. Demonstrates understanding of the impact of context and theories of meaning, and effectively uses them to manipulate the impact of the content of the work.

• Productive
3. Generates multiple alternative solutions to the assignments/problems;
4. Generates multiple solutions to the assignments/problems;
5. Maintains an informational gathering system, such as notebooks/sketchbooks, that demonstrates reflection and consideration of topics which depart from assignments/problems.

• Intellectually Curious
6. Demonstrates a familiarity with knowledge and information associated with a number of disciplines outside of the visual arts;
7. Demonstrates the ability to effectively synthesize concepts learned in other disciplines to impact content and context of the work;
8. Clearly demonstrates an awareness of the ethical/potential impact of one's work of the individual, society and environment.

• Historical Insightful
9. Demonstrates a strong knowledge of symbolism, symbolic systems and ideas from a number of past and present cultures by effective incorporation into the work.

• Critical Thinkers
10. Clearly identifies and communicates the main problem/question at issue, along with a number of subsidiary aspects of the problem, then addresses their relationships to each other;
11. Clearly identifies and communicates one's own solution or position, drawing support from experiences and information not available from assigned sources;
12. Clearly identifies and considers a number of other perspectives and positions drawn from outside information;
13. Clearly identifies and assesses the validity of key assumptions within a solution/position;
14. Clearly identifies and assesses the quality of supporting data/evidence and provides additional information related to the issue;
15. Effectively examines the evidence and sources of evidence, and impressively questions its accuracy, relevance and completeness;
16. Observes cause and effect, and addresses a number of existing or potential consequences;
17. Clearly distinguishes between fact, opinion, and acknowledges value judgments;
18. Clearly identifies and considers the influence of the context on the solution/position;
19. Clearly analyzes the solution/position with a sense of scope and context;
20. Clearly considers a number of other pertinent contexts;
21. Clearly identifies and assesses a number of conclusions implications and consequences, considering context, assumptions, data and evidence;
22. Objectively reflects upon the individual's own solution/position from several perspectives.

• Technical Proficient
23. Clearly shows evidence of practice with materials and tools;
24. Expands on the uses of media, techniques, and processes with skill, confidence and sensitivity so that clearly chosen intentions are carried out in the work;
25. Clearly demonstrates effective relationships between color and other elements and principles of composition.


The SOPHOMORE REVIEW is the department's way of assessing art majors' progress and dedication to their course of study during their sophomore year (as determined by the level of courses completed within the Department of art). It is also an opportunity for the students to evaluate themselves. Addressing these issues now allows for a change in major without too much disruption in the four-year plan to obtain a degree. All majors with sophomore standing must participate in sophomore review during winter quarter.

The sophomore portfolio review must include work from the department's Foundation Program: ART 150: Studio Foundations 1, ART 160: Studio Foundations 2, ART 170: Drawing Workshop, ART 255: Ceramics 1, and ART 222: Graphic Design 1. Work from other studio courses taken during the sophomore year should be included.

Minimum requirements for the portfolio include:
• five drawings each from Art 150, 160, 170
• five color works from Art 160 and/or 170
• five designs from Art 222
• three 3D pieces from Art 255
• sketchbooks

The faculty evaluate work based on the department's major program learning objectives. Evaluations are completed by all faculty and summarized by the department chair. The final evaluation becomes part of student's academic file. Students receive evaluations after the review.

All art and design students are required to complete a SENIOR THESIS REVIEW (capstone, ART 489). This allows students to integrate many concepts and theories from their major course of study into a final project and/or activity. For graduating art majors, a portfolio, exhibit, public lecture and supporting documentation are part of the capstone experience.

All seniors are required to enter five to six pieces into the BA/BFA exhibit. The only exception to this would be for work submitted and accepted at non-ONU juried exhibitions. Work exhibited at a juried show, while the BA/BFA exhibit is on display, may count as one of the required number of pieces. Regardless, the work must be chosen from the completed portfolio. The artist/designer statement must be posted while the BA/BFA exhibit is opened.

Presentation is an important component to the exhibition. Framing and matting is required of all two-dimensional work hung in the gallery. Three-dimensional work must be professionally presented (i.e. bases for sculptures, etc.)

Other supporting documentation includes a resumé, an artist/designer statement (short written paper), portfolio documentation (e.g. slides and digital), advice to future seniors (short paper), and a self-critique (major paper).

The faculty evaluate the students' capstone experiences based on the department's major program learning objectives.


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