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UNCG Student Learning Outcomes

Studio Arts (MFA)


The mission of the School of Art is founded on three passionately held principles:
• First, that the exploration of ideas through the visual arts is both necessary and culturally valuable;
• Second, that an understanding of visual communications within contemporary society is critical for an informed world view, and;
• Third, that an appreciation and knowledge of art history, past and present, is essential to both young scholars and developing artists.

In the Art department, committed faculty, who actively exhibit and publish nationally and internationally model the high standards we hold our students to in the visual arts, art history and art education. Our students individually challenge, explore and push the boundaries of their given field, whether it be establishing an independent vision or perspective in the studio, exploring new facets of art history or developing their own voices as art educators. Through this diversity, our program offers students a strong, self-motivated course of study where majors have meaningful contact with faculty across disciplines, methodologies and practices.

MFA students are expected to produce bodies of work that are materially and conceptually grounded, and that provide evidence of strong dedication to both process and craft. In addition, we expect that our students will become self sufficient, motivated contributors to the visual arts.

Learning Outcomes

Art History and Art Criticism
Students will have a thorough knowledge of contemporary art and its historical and theoretical background.

Demonstrate Research and Writing Skills
Students will be required to conduct in-depth research about their studio practice which will culminate in a five-ten page thesis paper.

Prepare a Comprehensive Body of Work
Students will prepare several comprehensive bodies of work during the two years of the program, culminating in the work produced for Thesis. Preliminary efforts are presented and evaluated during end-of-semester and Candidacy reviews. The work as presented should demonstrate the following: content in studio practice, comprehension of visual language skills, and mastery of appropriate media skills.

Professional Development
Students will know how to speak and write knowledgeably about their studio production and be able to place their work in the context of contemporary art practice.

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