The course grade will be determined by the completion and quality of all the work assigned to the student. The instructor shall assess the studentís competence in the handling of the materials (technical skill), the studentís successful solution and timely completion of the assigned problem (perceptual awareness, innovative solutions, aesthetic sensibility and disciplined work habits) as well as the studentís participation and cooperation in class ó including critiques, group projects and regular attendance.
The student will assemble all the semesterís work into a presentable package (portfolio of mounted and framed work, photo-documentation, resume with career-goals statement and supporting documents from the filing system).
The average of the grades on the individual assignments will be the basis for the semester grade for each student.
The instructor shall give the student written information as to the course description and objectives, absentee policy, a description of the semesterís assignments and their individual percentage value towards determining the overall grade. This information shall be presented in the form of a syllabus given to the student during the first week of class.
Portfolio reviews function as the primary means of evaluation of students seeking acceptance into BFA programs in four-year institutions, as well as MFA and post graduate professional programs; therefore the quality of the work, assembled and organized into the student portfolio presentation, serves as the single most important method of assessment by the various instructors and departments the student shall encounter during their education.
The student builds a portfolio of work in each course, and the most outstanding of the works completed during each course are then included in the studentís professional portfolio. The overall presentation of the body of work will be a primary tool for the studentís entire career in the field. The introduction to proper techniques and methods of presentation will be invaluable to the student and their ongoing relationships with instructors, departments and institutions.
Student portfolios are reviewed by the instructor each semester to determine the studentís grade and to confirm that the student has realized the expected objectives for the course. Because of the favorable instructor/student ratio (1/12) in studio art courses as well as the ample contact hours (6 per week) instructors can individually critique and guide the students by suggesting strategies to achieve the stated objectives for the course.
Each Spring the entire visual arts faculty reviews works submitted by the students for inclusion in the annual Student Art Exhibition. An important part of the process is that all of the members of the art faculty see the works produced in each course on an annual basis. The faculty discusses strengths and weaknesses of the work created in each course, suggesting methods of improvement for the work being produced. Formal recommendations from this review are considered annually with the department chair.
Another means of assessment shall be our departmentís documentation of the studentís acceptance into four year institutions. Our Visual Arts Coordinator meets annually with the Fine Arts department chair from the Regents System in the annual ďState of the Arts ConferenceĒ. At this conference we discuss our curriculum, the quality of our studentís work, and ask for suggestion to improve our program to better prepare our students.
USE OF ASSESSMENT FINDINGS
A departmental file of instructor syllabi and a photographic documentation of student work is kept. These syllabi and slides are used for yearly assessment, instructional support, public relations, and recruitment. The faculty meets yearly with the department chair to assess each courseís fulfillment of objectives, and to consider improvements in course content and teaching effectiveness. These recommendations shall be documented and implemented for strengthening the course.