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Assessment Plan

1st Assessment Portfolio Requirements

A 1st Assessment Portfolio submission is required for all Options/Concentrations, after completing 9-15 credit hours in Art/Design (including transfer credits) and the following courses:

Art 1104: Writing about Art

Art 1200: Drawing I

Art 1280: 2-D Design

Art 1290: 3-D Design

Each student is responsible for participating in Assessment in a timely manner as required by the Department, by attending Assessment Workshops, signing up, and turning in a portfolio on time. Check the Assessment Information Board by BHS 301 for updated information throughout each semester. 1st Assessment Portfolio submissions will be due on Monday of the 7th week of each semester. Assessment workshops for students will be offered around the 5th week of each semester.

The Art & Design faculty’s collated responses will be returned to you. You must receive at least a "C" in each category for your artwork and your art major statement, and at least a "B" in your art/design papers as graded by the art/design faculty to pass the assessment.

If you do not pass the Assessment in all areas, you must resubmit in the deficient areas at the next scheduled 1st Assessment and pass before participating in the 2nd Assessment. Students cannot take a 3000 level art/design course until having submitted a portfolio for the 1st Assessment.

The following must be included in the portfolio:

  • Approximately 16 art/design pieces from the above courses (appropriately presented) – See 1st Assessment Portfolio Contents below.
  • Two art/design papers (typed, revised without spelling or grammatical errors)*
  • A one page doubled-spaced statement about why you have chosen to be an art major (typed, revised without spelling or grammatical errors)*
  • Optional are recent examples of creative work done on your own since you have entered the university (matted or appropriately presented).*
  • All work should be labeled with your name, course, and assignment and placed in a good quality portfolio. 3D work can be submitted as digital photos, printed photos or the original object.

* Plagiarism of either artwork or written work is illegal, thus unacceptable, and will result in the student failing the

entire assessment and necessitating a complete resubmission in the next semester. Plagiarism is defined as taking

someone else's work as one's own, whether in whole or in part. This includes semi-plagiarism in which portions of

another's work or writing are used, rearranged or minimally changed for use as one's own. A properly cited work

with quotation marks avoids this problem.

1st Assessment Portfolio Contents

Drawing submissions should include a total of 8 examples of:

2 Line drawings: straight contour, cross-contour, blind contour and/or gesture

2 Linear perspective drawings: one-point, two-point and/or three-point

2 Value drawings: where value is the technical focus of the composition

2 Still life drawings: any subject, any media, must be from direct observation

2D Design submissions should include 6 examples of:

Value: 1 example as listed below:

1 Value study (can be black & white or color)

Color: 1 example of each below:

1 Project demonstrating an understanding of color schemes and/or relationships

1 Project demonstrating an understanding of color characteristics: hue, saturation and value

Composition: select 3 examples from below:

A figure/ground study

A project that demonstrates understanding of balance systems in a composition: (symmetrical, asymmetrical,

approximate symmetry, radial symmetry)

A project that demonstrates understanding of the elements of design and the basic principles of organization.

A project that demonstrates understanding of visual linking and closure systems: (transparency, overlapping,

shared edges, extensions, interpenetration, proximity, etc.)

3D Design submissions should include 2 examples selected from below:

A project demonstrating additive construction processes

A project demonstrating reductive processes

A project demonstrating substitution processes

A project demonstrating design and fabrication from 2D shapes to 3D form

Personal work: up to 2 examples of work outside of class (optional)

 

2nd Assessment Portfolio Requirements

A 2nd Assessment Presentation and Portfolio submission is required for all Options/Concentrations, after completing 19-24 credit hours in Art/Design (including transfer credits).

The oral presentation of your portfolio to the faculty will take 5 minutes followed by 10 minutes of critique. Your portfolio will then be submitted for further evaluation. Each student is responsible for signing up, pinning up, and presenting a portfolio on time. Check the Assessment Information Board by BHS 301 for updated information.

2nd Assessment Presentation and Portfolio submissions will be held the 11th week of each semester. An assessment workshop for students will be offered around the 9th week of each semester.

At the time you turn in your portfolio, you will fill out a self-assessment, which will be returned to you with the Art/Design faculty's collated responses. You must receive at least a "C" for your artwork, artist statement, and oral presentation; and at least a "B" in your art/design papers as graded by the art/design faculty to pass the assessment.

The 2nd Assessment Presentation and Portfolio Review must take place one year before enrolling for Art 4950: Portfolio Presentation. If you do not pass the 2nd Assessment in all areas, you must resubmit in the deficient areas at the next scheduled 2nd Assessment and pass before enrolling for Art 4950.

The following must be included in the portfolio:

  •  Approximately 15 art/design pieces matted and/or appropriately presented). See specific Option/Concentration requirements below.
  • 1 Art History paper, properly cited and with footnotes, typed and revised without spelling or grammatical errors.*
  • Artist Statement - A one-page single/doubled-spaced paper on your body of work.**
  • Optional are recent examples of creative work done on your own since you have entered the university matted or appropriately presented.
  • All work should be pinned up in the University Gallery and should be labeled with your name, course, media, and assignment.

 

* Plagiarism of either artwork or written work is illegal, thus unacceptable, and will result in the student failing the

entire assessment and necessitating a complete resubmission in the next semester. Plagiarism is defined as taking

someone else's work as one's own, whether in whole or in part. This includes semi-plagiarism in which portions of

another's work or writing are used, rearranged or minimally changed for use as one's own. A properly cited work

with quotation marks avoids this problem.

2nd Assessment Specific Option/Concentration Requirements

Design Option -

Graphic Design Concentration

At least 3 classes from the following:

Art 2350: Color Photography I

Art 2360: Intro Digital Photo

Art 2710: Illustrator/Photoshop

Art 2712: Graphic Design I

Art 2714: Typography I

Work from other ART courses taken to date

Design Option –

Interactive Media Concentration

At least 3 classes from the following:

Art 2360: Intro Digital Photo

Art 2710: Illustrator/Photoshop

Art 2712: Graphic Design I

Art 2714: Typography I

Art 2730: Animation/Game Design

Other ART courses taken to date

Art Option –

2D Concentration

At least 3 classes from the following:

Art 2200: Drawing II

Art 2230: Painting I

Art 2260: Printmaking I

Art 2401: Sculpture I

Art 2570: Ceramics I or Art 2500: Fiber Arts I or Art 2540: Weaving I

Work from other ART course taken to date

Art Option –

3D Concentration

At least 3 classes from the following:

Art 2200: Drawing II

Art 2230: Painting I or Art 2260: Printmaking I

Art 2401: Sculpture I

Art 2570: Ceramics I

Art 2500: Fiber Arts I or Art 2540: Weaving I

Work from other ART course taken to date

Art Education (K-12) Option

At least 3 classes from the following:

 Art 2230: Painting I

Art 2260: Printmaking I

Art 2360: Intro Digital Photo

Art 2401: Sculpture I

Art 2570: Ceramics I

Work from other ART courses taken to date

** Artist Statement Guidelines

Your artist statement is a description of your work that gives your viewer deeper insight into it. It may

include the answers to the following questions:

  • What are the key ideas, issues/themes, goals of your work?
  • What is the content of your work (subject matter, symbols, metaphors, etc.)?
  • What is the form of your work (materials, processes, style, etc.)?
  • What are the influences, sources, and inspiration of your work (cultural, historical, theoretical, personal, biographical, etc.)?
  • What has been your exploration or struggle to find the meaning of your work (suitable media, a focus, etc.)?

Dos:

  • Keep your statement concise, coherent, and to the point; one page is more than enough.
  • Open with your work’s basic ideas in an overview of a short paragraph. The second paragraph should go into detail about how these ideas are presented in your work.
  • Proofread it for misspelled words, bad grammar, or confusing content.

Don'ts:

  • It is not about pomposity or a press release.
  • It is not about your childhood or family unless it is very relevant to your work.
  • It is not about the technical or full of jargon.