Assessment of Student Learning



Art History Discipline


UNIT MISSION/GOAL(S)

The purposes of the Art history discipline are to develop students understanding of some of the historical traditions in the visual arts, to teach students methods of analysis and interpretation of works of art, help them to learn to evaluate the quality of works of art, provide a sound basis for graduate study to teach or to do museum work, to serve community art organizations, and initiate a lifelong involvement with the visual arts.

Unit Mission/goal(s) and the Institutional Mission Relation

Because of its historical, cultural, and interdisciplinary nature, Art History serves the mission of UMM as a liberal arts study. The visual arts exemplify excellence, necessitate study and research to understand, and through communication with visual media create community. .


STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES, EXPECTED OUTCOMES, ASSESSMENT METHODS & TOOLS, TIMELINE

Learning Objective 1
To understand some of the historical traditions in the visual arts and be able to meaningfully relate works of art within those traditions.
Expected Outcome 1
To develop a visual memory capable of identifying and knowing works of art, acquiring a knowledge of basic historic data, learn and appropriately use terminology of the field, and comprehend historic continuities.
Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 1
Successfully complete examinations that include identification of works of art, definition or identification of people, places, things, and broadly based essay questions that require relating various aspects of the visual arts and historic period and/or culture. Also the above to be evident in classroom discussions of works of art and theory.
Timeline for the Outcome 1
Starting Date for the Implementation: In Progress
Anticipated Date for the First Results: In Progress

Learning Objective 2
To acquire and use methods of analysis and interpretation of works of art.
Expected Outcome 2
To demonstrate the ability to use methods of analysis and interpretation through clearly written essays and research papers and in verbal discussion.
Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 2
Written demonstration of command of analytical and interpretive methods on exams and in research papers. Same expected in classroom discussions.
Timeline for the Outcome 2
Starting Date for the Implementation: In Progress
Anticipated Date for the First Results: In Progress

Learning Objective 3
To learn how to evaluate works of art.
Expected Outcome 3
To develop a critical approach to levels of performance in the visual arts based upon a broad basis of comparison and substantiated by articulate standards of judgment.
Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 3
More difficult to assess, it is evident in the sensitivity and quality of appreciation and enthusiasm students bring to the field or develop in study. Cannot be quantified or easily measured.
Timeline for the Outcome 3
Starting Date for the Implementation: In Progress
Anticipated Date for the First Results: In Progress