Westchester Community College
Visual Arts Program
What is Assessment?
 Assessment involves
the use of empirical
data on student
learning to refine
programs and improve
stu...
Step 1Identify
Learning
Goals
1. To provide students with the foundation level
knowledge and skills necessary to pursue an...
Step 1Identify
Learning
Outcomes
1. Demonstrate skill in the use of drawing media and ability to
translate observation to ...
Step 1Identify
Learning
Outcomes
Work backwards from
standard portfolio
requirements
Step 1Drawing
Demonstrate skill in
the use of drawing
media and ability to
translate observation
to image
“Accomplished
dr...
Step 1Drawing
At least half of the
portfolio should consist
of drawing from direct
observation
“Do not copy your
work from...
Step 1Design
Apply basic elements
and principles of
design, with an
emphasis on two-and
three-dimensional
design
Step 1Color
Apply color theory in
the creation of
successful color
compositions
“The work should demonstrate your abilitie...
Step 1Voice
Create self-
directed/concept-
driven works that
communicate
meaning/personal
voice
Step 1Voice
Works that go beyond
assignment
parameters
Step 1Voice
Work that is
finished/fully resolved
Step 1Digital
Use digital tools to
create, manipulate,
edit, and archive art
work
Step 1Variety
•Subject matter, media,
scale
“[Show] that you
have more than
one skill set, and
can move fluidly
from one m...
Step 1Articulate
Speak and write
critically about
personal and peer
artworks using art
vocabulary
Step 1Art
History
Demonstrate
knowledge of art
historical and
contemporary periods,
movements, and
styles, and familiarity...
Step 1Portfolio
Assemble a portfolio of
work suitable for
academic transfer in
digital and hard copy
formats
Step 1Learning
Opportuni
ties
Next step: create a
curriculum designed to
meet learning goals
and outcomes
Step 1Learning
Opportuni
ties
Curriculum sequences
work backward from 3rd
semester VA Seminar
Step 1Assess
Student
Learning
Now we must evaluate
our success
Step 1Assess
Student
Learning
Assessment isn’t about
evaluating teachers
Step 1Assess
Student
Learning
Its about measuring
student learning
Step 1Assess
Student
Learning
It’s also about bringing
faculty together to
establish common
standards and goals
Sample Portfolios
http://wccvaprogramreview.wordpress.com/visual-art-seminar-outcomes/sample-student-portfol
Step 1Reflect
What did we learn?
Step 1Improve
Teaching
and
Learning
How can we improve?
Reflect on Results
Improve Teaching and
Learning
 Incomplete portfolios
Reflect on Results
Improve Teaching and
Learning
 Incomplete portfolios  Mandatory course
portfolio
 Emphasis on portfo...
Reflect on Results
Improve Teaching and
Learning
 Transfer students
Reflect on Results
Improve Teaching and
Learning
 Transfer students  Make transfer
contingent on portfolio
review
 Incl...
Reflect on Results
Improve Teaching and
Learning
 Following curriculum in
reverse
Reflect on Results
Improve Teaching and
Learning
 Following curriculum in
reverse
 Improve academic
advisement
 Enlist ...
Reflect on Results
Improve Teaching and
Learning
 Academically under-
prepared students
Reflect on Results
Improve Teaching and
Learning
 Academically under-
prepared students
 Freshman Seminar
 Establish be...
Reflect on Results
Improve Teaching and
Learning
 Personal Voice/Mastery
of skills
Reflect on Results
Improve Teaching and
Learning
 Personal Voice/Mastery
of skills
 Establish level 2
proficiencies
 Cr...
Step 1
Changes
New college core that
aligns with SUNY
Step 1
Changes
New A.S. degree will
have 60 credits
Fewer elective choices
 Visual Arts A.S. Degree
1st Semester (16 cr) ...
Step 1
Changes
SUNY Seamless
transfer means that 4
year schools will be
setting the agenda
 SUNY Seamless Transfer
Step 1
Changes
Possible increase in
contact hours
 Visual Arts A.S. Degree
Step 1
Changes
Possible classes for
majors and non-
majors
 Visual Arts A.S. Degree
Step 1
Changes
More faculty
development
workshops
 Visual Arts A.S. Degree
Step 1
Changes
More standardized
process of
assessment
 Visual Arts A.S. Degree
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Visual Arts Program Review

  1. 1. Westchester Community College Visual Arts Program
  2. 2. What is Assessment?  Assessment involves the use of empirical data on student learning to refine programs and improve student learning. (Assessing Academic Programs in Higher Education by Allen 2004)
  3. 3. Step 1Identify Learning Goals 1. To provide students with the foundation level knowledge and skills necessary to pursue an avocation or career in the visual arts 2. To prepare students for successful transfer to a four-year BFA or Liberal Arts program
  4. 4. Step 1Identify Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate skill in the use of drawing media and ability to translate observation to image 2. Apply basic elements and principles of design, with an emphasis on two-and three-dimensional design 3. Apply color theory in the creation of successful color compositions 4. Create self-directed/concept-driven works that communicate meaning/personal voice 5. Use digital tools to create, manipulate, edit, and archive art work 6. Speak and write critically about personal and peer artworks using art vocabulary 7. Demonstrate knowledge of art historical and contemporary periods, movements, and styles, and familiarity with art historical terminology 8. Assemble a portfolio of work suitable for academic transfer in digital and hard copy formats
  5. 5. Step 1Identify Learning Outcomes Work backwards from standard portfolio requirements
  6. 6. Step 1Drawing Demonstrate skill in the use of drawing media and ability to translate observation to image “Accomplished drawings are above all else, the heart of a successful portfolio . . . . You might be a wizard in digital media, but none of that will matter if you have poor drawings.” Clara Lieu, RISD
  7. 7. Step 1Drawing At least half of the portfolio should consist of drawing from direct observation “Do not copy your work from photographs or other sources” Clara Lieu, RISD “Design projects and computer-generated images are not recommended for inclusion in Computer Art portfolios . . . School of Visual Arts
  8. 8. Step 1Design Apply basic elements and principles of design, with an emphasis on two-and three-dimensional design
  9. 9. Step 1Color Apply color theory in the creation of successful color compositions “The work should demonstrate your abilities in the areas of drawing, composition, color and design.” Delaware College of Art and Design
  10. 10. Step 1Voice Create self- directed/concept- driven works that communicate meaning/personal voice
  11. 11. Step 1Voice Works that go beyond assignment parameters
  12. 12. Step 1Voice Work that is finished/fully resolved
  13. 13. Step 1Digital Use digital tools to create, manipulate, edit, and archive art work
  14. 14. Step 1Variety •Subject matter, media, scale “[Show] that you have more than one skill set, and can move fluidly from one media into the next. Include drawings, paintings, sculptures, mixed media, digital media, printmaking, or anything else that you’ve had experience with.” Clara Lieu, RISD
  15. 15. Step 1Articulate Speak and write critically about personal and peer artworks using art vocabulary
  16. 16. Step 1Art History Demonstrate knowledge of art historical and contemporary periods, movements, and styles, and familiarity with art historical terminology
  17. 17. Step 1Portfolio Assemble a portfolio of work suitable for academic transfer in digital and hard copy formats
  18. 18. Step 1Learning Opportuni ties Next step: create a curriculum designed to meet learning goals and outcomes
  19. 19. Step 1Learning Opportuni ties Curriculum sequences work backward from 3rd semester VA Seminar
  20. 20. Step 1Assess Student Learning Now we must evaluate our success
  21. 21. Step 1Assess Student Learning Assessment isn’t about evaluating teachers
  22. 22. Step 1Assess Student Learning Its about measuring student learning
  23. 23. Step 1Assess Student Learning It’s also about bringing faculty together to establish common standards and goals
  24. 24. Sample Portfolios http://wccvaprogramreview.wordpress.com/visual-art-seminar-outcomes/sample-student-portfol
  25. 25. Step 1Reflect What did we learn?
  26. 26. Step 1Improve Teaching and Learning How can we improve?
  27. 27. Reflect on Results Improve Teaching and Learning  Incomplete portfolios
  28. 28. Reflect on Results Improve Teaching and Learning  Incomplete portfolios  Mandatory course portfolio  Emphasis on portfolio pieces embedded in all classes
  29. 29. Reflect on Results Improve Teaching and Learning  Transfer students
  30. 30. Reflect on Results Improve Teaching and Learning  Transfer students  Make transfer contingent on portfolio review  Include only WCC work in assessment portfolio
  31. 31. Reflect on Results Improve Teaching and Learning  Following curriculum in reverse
  32. 32. Reflect on Results Improve Teaching and Learning  Following curriculum in reverse  Improve academic advisement  Enlist the help of adjuncts
  33. 33. Reflect on Results Improve Teaching and Learning  Academically under- prepared students
  34. 34. Reflect on Results Improve Teaching and Learning  Academically under- prepared students  Freshman Seminar  Establish benchmarks
  35. 35. Reflect on Results Improve Teaching and Learning  Personal Voice/Mastery of skills
  36. 36. Reflect on Results Improve Teaching and Learning  Personal Voice/Mastery of skills  Establish level 2 proficiencies  Create an advanced projects course
  37. 37. Step 1 Changes New college core that aligns with SUNY
  38. 38. Step 1 Changes New A.S. degree will have 60 credits Fewer elective choices  Visual Arts A.S. Degree 1st Semester (16 cr) 2nd Semester (15 cr) Writing + Research Writing + Literature Art History 1 Art History 2 Drawing 1 Drawing 2 2D Design 3D Design Digital Fundamentals Visual Arts Elective Freshman Seminar 3rd Semester (15 cr) 4th Semester (13 cr) Math Science + Lab Beh/Soc Science History Art History 3, Language, or Other World Culture Visual Arts Elective Visual Arts Elective Visual Arts Elective Visual Arts Junior Seminar Mandatory Portfolio Review
  39. 39. Step 1 Changes SUNY Seamless transfer means that 4 year schools will be setting the agenda  SUNY Seamless Transfer
  40. 40. Step 1 Changes Possible increase in contact hours  Visual Arts A.S. Degree
  41. 41. Step 1 Changes Possible classes for majors and non- majors  Visual Arts A.S. Degree
  42. 42. Step 1 Changes More faculty development workshops  Visual Arts A.S. Degree
  43. 43. Step 1 Changes More standardized process of assessment  Visual Arts A.S. Degree
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