Office of Assessment, Accreditation, and Academic Program Planning

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.

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-page thesis paper.

Prepare a Comprehensive Body of Work
Students will prepare a comprehensive body of work in quality and in quantity for their MFA Thesis exhibition to be installed at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. The work should demonstrate the following: content in studio practice, comprehension of visual language skills, appropriate media skills, knowledge of historical and contemporary issues.

Professional Development
Students will know how to speak knowledgeably about their studio production and be able to place their work in the context of contemporary art practice. Students will prepare a professional resume, portfolio and artist's statement. Students will apply for professional exhibitions, grants and residencies.

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