Program Goals

Process of defining assessment strategies in Art and Design orientated disciplines

  • Define the differences in assessment between each of the art/design disciplines
  • Develop assessment commonalities among the disciplines
  • Develop an understanding of the differences between objective and subjective assessment
  • Develop educational outcomes to be acquired at the conclusion of the academic experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels (specific to the discipline)
  • Development of measurement techniques and documentation of anticipated outcomes


Assessment: Studio Goals-Commonalities

  • Mastery of technical applications and craft within the discipline
  • Understanding the conventions of the discipline
  • Knowledge and experience of the full range of possibilities of the various materials and methods both traditional and newly developed.
  • Ability to critically analyze work
  • Understanding the formal aspects of the discipline and the applications to specific aesthetic intention
  • Exploration of the expressive possibilities of the discipline with knowledge of the full range of conceptual modes and material manipulations
  • Ability to articulate ideas in written and oral format
  • Understanding how innovations in the field are the outcome of first acknowledging and then questioning existing boundaries and conventions.
  • Ability to work independently, identify areas of research towards the development of a focused and personal direction.

Assessment Differences

Portfolio for BFA Program entrance requirements (first assessment)

  • Self portrait
  • The remainder of the portfolio may include additional : drawings; work in both black-and-white and color media, ceramics, design examples, fibers or textiles, glass, jewelry or metal work, paintings, photography, printmaking, or sculpture.


  • Studio component embraces technologically issues as well as aesthetics
  • Health and Safety issues
  • Preparation for potential licensure
  • Precise curriculum criteria mandated by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB)
  • Currently a five year degree
  • Viewed as a first professional degree in the field

Art History

  • No primary studio component


  • Develop knowledge of the key movements, periods artists and works of art in the field and its key literature approaches and methodologies
  • Develop overall skills in critical thinking
  • Develop the ability to analyze and discuss the nature and meaning of objects and artifacts
  • Develop skills in research using primary and secondary sources
  • Develop competencies in communication of all types – written and verbal

BS in Art Education

  • Students engaged in the arts and education courses simultaneously—developing linkages between the two
  • Certification by the State


BA in Art

  • Students engaged in the arts and liberal arts simultaneously—developing linkages between the two
  • Art not necessarily viewed as a future profession
  • No Portfolio entrance requirement

The Foundation Program

Overall Foundation Guidelines

  • Foundation Courses prepare students to select majors in Tyler BFA programs
  • The Foundation Program is an intensive and highly structured series of courses that form the fundamental basis for studio practice, critical thinking, and the knowledge and implementation of principles of visual expression

Improvement Project

  • Develop an assessment improvement project for the Foundation program
  • Develop course rubrics for the four areas—Drawing, 2D, Foundation Principles, 3D Foundation and Foundation Computers
  • As the foundation for the coursework of the upper level majors—development of guidelines for grading rubrics will serve as a potential template for the majors in the BFA curriculum.