Student Learning Outcomes

At Hood College, we are committed to teaching excellence. Program goals and learning outcomes identify what we expect students to learn, think critically about and accomplish in their courses and programs of study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We believe an integrated learning approach that combines a strong grounding in the liberal arts with advanced study in the major and opportunities for internships and research initiatives is the best way to prepare students for lives of purpose and civic engagement.

Graduates earning a bachelor’s degree in art and archaeology with a concentration in archaeology from Hood College,

Will demonstrate an understanding of the history of archaeology and its impact on the methods and goals of the discipline through:

  • Knowledge of the historical development of archaeology as a discipline, and its connection to phases of European political and social history.

Will demonstrate an understanding of the methods of archaeology through:

  • Knowledge of archaeological methods and interpretive models, through in- depth instruction, with emphasis on theory and interpretation; 
  • Knowledge of archaeological methods and interpretive models, through hands-on experience in research methods (excavation, survey, and/or lab); and
  • Knowledge of archaeological materials, methods, and interpretive models, through hands-on experience in photography and ceramic production.

Will learn the application of archaeology and related disciplines to the reconstruction of ancient societies through:

  • Reconstruction of ancient societies, through archaeological and art historical research;
  • Reconstruction of ancient societies, through historical, religious, and/or literary research; and
  • Extended research in and critical analysis of an archaeological question or topic, including directed research using primary and secondary sources, and presenting findings both orally and in writing

 

 

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Graduates earning a bachelor’s degree in art and archaeology with a concentration in art history from Hood College,

Will demonstrate the ability to identify and/or analyze the styles and subjects of art (including architecture) within their historical and cultural contexts, from antiquity to the present through:

  • Identify and/or Analyze Art/Architecture before 200 CE;
  • Identify and/or Analyze Art/Architecture from 200 - 1400 CE;
  • Identify and/or Analyze Art/Architecture from 1400 - 1850 CE; and
  • Identify and/or Analyze Art/Architecture from 1850 onwards.

Will demonstrate an ability to engage with art historical methods, theory, and criticism through:

  • Analyze critical texts or literature;
  • Use key terms, methods, and/or theories; and
  • Analyze a work of art and/or architecture using critical theory and/or methodology.

Will demonstrate the ability to conduct formal research in art history through:

  • Use primary and secondary sources;
  • Present findings/research via formal oral presentations; and
  • Present findings/research via formal academic papers.

 

 

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Graduates earning a bachelor’s degree in art and archaeology with a concentration in studio art and art education from Hood College,

Will gain a broad knowledge base of a variety of studio art media, develop technical skills, gain an awareness of historical movements, and comprehend universal aesthetic concepts through:

  • Demonstrating basic technical skills, especially drawing and design; through classroom exercises, project critiques and portfolio reviews; and
  • Understanding the elements of art and the principles of design, demonstrated through critical, individual and group discussions. In the evaluation of projects and during portfolio reviews, progress of student’s artwork will be assessed, as well as their ability to respond to feedback.

Will develop the ability to observe, cultivating analytical and creative thinking skills through:

  • Demonstrating the ability to communicate ideas verbally, through mark- making and other basic formal technical skills; and
  • Presenting work and concepts, during one on one discussions with the instructor, group discussions, and project critiques will allow students to verbalize their defense of ideas, as well as demonstrating an ability to receive and put forth constructive feedback.

Will develop a process for articulating aesthetic ideas and the ability to communicate their personal aesthetic intentions visually in their art work, verbally, and in written form through:

  • Demonstrating accountability and awareness of all aspects of their artwork and methodology, during the presentation of artwork and developing concepts;
  • Demonstrating an ability to describe and defend ideas, and to deconstruct the methods and validity of artwork; and
  • Demonstrating knowledge articulated through concept development, using sketches, color roughs, maquettes, writing, and other methods to present ideas.

 Will gain purpose and a sense of responsibility of the role an artist in society plays and how an artist effects societal change through:

  • Demonstrating the knowledge of a wide range artists/artwork, past and present, in the student’s ability to recognize artwork in context. Understanding an artist’s impact and/or relationship to society, and how a student’s own work relates to the ideas, concerns and methodologies of past artists; and
  • Understanding, interpreting and expanding on ideas and methods of both artists and critics through research, discussion and writing.

Will analyze formal design issues both literally and conceptually through:

  • Demonstrating strong understanding of aesthetics, and an awareness of regional versus universal associations that ultimately manifest in projects and during critiques; and
  • Demonstrating evidence of good design/composition and an understanding of the important role context plays, through composition analysis, rigorous critical discussions, and artist talks.

Will gain the ability to seek the challenge of higher learning environments, become confident artists, intellectually sound risk takers, career oriented professionals, and empowered citizens meeting the challenges of today’s society through:

  • Through formal presentation of artwork and concepts during critiques and portfolio reviews;
  • Demonstrating a high level of understanding and skill with art media. Recognized through the presentation of artwork, during group critiques and individual portfolio reviews;
  • Developing a series of artwork for a senior exhibition; and
  • Fully developing the senior exhibition, including self- promotion, concept development, artist statement, artist biography, resume, a complete visual identity, including a website, project production plan, budget, and an artist talk. Work and knowledge will be evaluated during a final portfolio review. Student is also evaluated via the exhibition design of their work, gallery talk that took place during the opening reception and through a portfolio/gallery book.

 

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Graduates earning a master's of arts degree in ceramic arts from Hood College:

Gain a broad working knowledge of science and design concepts merged with technical skills, the history of ceramic art, and the universal concepts of the ceramic arts media to facilitate the creation of proficient ceramic works.

  • SCIENCE - Build scientific knowledge to formulate ceramic elements merging the relationship of design, form, materials and personal aesthetics;
  • TECHNICAL SKILLS - Devise processes to create work that illustrates technical competence in the ceramic arts medium; and
  • HISTORY - Demonstrate awareness of the ceramic arts’ historical, cultural, and contemporary movements from pre-history through modernity, the decorative arts and fine arts cannon.

Develop a skillful and personal aesthetic direction in the ceramic arts through:

  • AESTHETIC EXPRESSION - Through the production of a capstone exhibition demonstrate the accomplishment of a personal ceramic arts statement;
  • FIELD KNOWLEDGE - Build manual and technical skills to express ideas in ceramic materials;
  • FIELD KNOWLEDGE - Create a series that explores different aesthetic directions to be considered; and
  •  FIELD KNOWLEDGE - Create a body of artwork presented in a capstone exhibition.

Foster creative thinking skills by honing the ability to observe, interpret, and evaluate expression in the ceramic arts through:

  • OBSERVE - Evaluate the subtle nuances of influential elements on the artwork’s communicated concepts;
  • INTERPRET - Conduct a series explorations of the ceramic media; and
  • SELF-EVALUATE - Perform a collection of self-evaluation assignments on personal bodies of art. Based on the core elements of the Ceramic Arts Graduate Program (history, science, design, artistry and innovation).

Become adept at communicating personal intentions visually, verbally, and in written format through:

  • VISUAL ART WORK - Create a body of personal artwork;
  • VERBAL - Lead a gallery talk, lecture, and oral presentation; and
  • WRITTEN - Structure a research paper, publishable article, or essay.

Acquire the confidence to seek the challenge of higher learning environments, become skilled knowledgeable artists, intellectually sound risk takers, career oriented professionals, and empowered citizens meeting the challenges of today’s society through:

  • RISK TAKER - Devise processes to create art work that demonstrates originality; and
  • CAREER ORIENTED - Master the business of producing, exhibiting, and marketing personal artwork. If applicable become a proficient educator on the subject matter.

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Graduates earning a master's of fine arts degree in ceramic arts from Hood College:

Gain an advanced working knowledge of science and design concepts merged with technical skills, the history of ceramic art, and the universal concepts of the ceramic arts media to facilitate the creation of distinctive ceramic works through:

  • SCIENCE - Apply scientific knowledge to formulate ceramic elements merging the relationship of design, form, materials and personal aesthetics;
  • TECHNICAL SKILLS - Devise and innovate processes to create work that illustrates technical competence in the ceramic arts medium; and
  • HISTORY - Demonstrate awareness of the ceramic arts’ historical, cultural, and contemporary movements from pre-history through modernity, the decorative arts and fine arts canon.

To create a significant body of work through the development of advanced skills and exploration of the creative processes to refine a personal aesthetic expression in the ceramic arts and contribute new MFA knowledge to the field through:

  • AESTHETIC EXPRESSION - Through the production of two major exhibitions develop and produce an integrated and articulate personal ceramic arts statement;
  • FIELD KNOWLEDGE - Learn the skills needed and the standards of academic writing to structure a thesis proposal;
  • FIELD KNOWLEDGE - Conduct a thesis literature review to support thesis research; and
  • FIELD KNOWLEDGE - Create a body of artwork demonstrative of thesis research through the production of a solo exhibition and written thesis documenting the research and development of the personal aesthetic statement within the context of the field.

Foster creative thinking skills by honing the ability to observe, interpret, articulate, challenge and evaluate expression in the ceramic arts through:

  • OBSERVE - Develop the ability to evaluate the subtle nuances of influential design principles used to emphasize elements of the artwork’s communicated concepts;
  • INTERPRET - Explore a series of personal aesthetic directions for the thesis work. Conduct a series of peer-review evaluations; and
  • SELF-EVALUATE - Perform a collection of self-evaluation assignments on personal bodies of art. Based on the core elements of the MFA program (history, science, design, artistry and innovation). 

Become adept at communicating personal intentions visually, verbally, and in written format grounded in academic standards through:

  • VISUAL ART WORK - Create a dynamic, refined body of personal artwork that demonstrates proficiency, scholarly research and clear artistic direction for a solo exhibition;
  • VERBAL - Learn how to organize concepts to create engaging, fluent and meaningful oral presentations for different applications such as; classroom lecture, gallery presentation and public speaking venues to support the art; and
  •  WRITTEN - Develop proficiencies for academic writing formats from essay, research paper, thesis proposal, thesis, to article for publication.

Acquire the confidence to seek the challenge of higher learning environments, become skilled knowledgeable artists, intellectually sound risk takers, career oriented professionals, and empowered citizens meeting the challenges of today’s society through:

  • RISK TAKER - Originality and contributing new knowledge are core requirements of the Masters of Fine Arts degree. The criteria of the MFA degree challenge the candidate to embrace curiosity and imagination as necessary elements that fuel exploration. Risk taking is fostered in the advanced curriculum and in every course.  Specific studio course objectives are intended to build technical and creative skills through experiential learning. The graduate becomes a confident professional risk taker and innovator; and
  • CAREER ORIENTED - The Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics Arts at Hood College prepares the graduate in a fully integrated way. The completion of thesis work and defense produces an articulate, educated, skilled risk taker who will continue to contribute to the field and the ceramics continuum.

 

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