BA Art History
The mission of the B.A. in Art History is to have students focus on understanding and interpreting the visual arts within historical contexts. Skills developed in this program of study include knowledge and appreciation of various Western and non-Western cultures and their arts. Also stressed are awareness of the creative process in the arts, written and oral communication, critical and creative thinking, and the relationship between the arts and other humanities. This major provides students with the foundation necessary for graduate study and for careers requiring a background in art history such as work in galleries and museums. The BA Art History Program at Kean University has several related goals that are aligned with the University Mission as evidenced in the student learning outcomes.
BA Art History Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
SLO1: Demonstrate content knowledge of European, U.S., and one non-western area of art history (enables students to demonstrate respect for diverse cultures and perspectives).
SLO2: Utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills and demonstrate respect for diverse cultures and perspectives.
SLO3: Demonstrate the ability to research and analyze works of art.
SLO4: Attain verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to evaluate and describe (in written form) works of art.
BA Fine Arts
The B.A. in Fine Arts is a liberal arts major providing a background in studio art including study in art history, studio foundations, and various applications of art. Additional skills developed in this program of study include the knowledge and appreciation of art and aesthetics, oral and written communication, creative and critical thinking, and cultural awareness and sensitivity. The Program at Kean University has several related goals that are aligned with the University Mission.
• To provide students the opportunity to experiment with, understand, and master a variety of techniques, materials and concepts, which are the basics of the art-making process.
• To develop skills in observational drawing, as well as two and three-dimensional design.
• To express visual ideas, represent objects, and develop artwork conceptually.
• To provide students with an understanding of the history of art, art theory, the capacity to respond in visual, written, and verbal forms to the development and execution of the art object with an awareness of its social context.
BA in Fine Arts Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
SLO1: Experiment with, understand, and master a variety of techniques, materials and concepts that are the basics of the art-making process.
SLO2: Develop skills in observational drawing, as well as two and three-dimensional design.
SLO3: Express visual ideas, represent objects, and develop artwork conceptually.
SLO4: Understand the history of art and art theory and have the capacity to respond in visual, written, and verbal forms to the development and execution of the art object with an awareness of its social context.
FBA in Fine Arts Studio Arts
The mission of our BFA degree in Studio Art is to provide students with a foundation in art history and studio course and prepare them with the techniques and concepts necessary to be professional artists. It provides for in-depth specialization in a selected studio area and emphasizes personal growth in the critical, creative, technical and professional aspects of the studio arts. The program also aims to develop students skills in critical thinking, oral, and written communication. It also serves as preparation for graduate study and for related careers in the arts. The BFA Studio Art Program at Kean University has several related goals that are aligned with the University Mission as evidenced in the student learning outcomes.
BFA in Fine Arts Student Learning Outcomes (SLOIs)
SLO1: Attain foundational skills in creating art in two and three dimensions.
SLO2: Utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills.
SLO3: Articulate intentions, and make the transition from ideation and feelings to the creation of visual statements in a variety of media.
SLO4: Attain verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to evaluate and describe works of art.
SLO5: Gain a general knowledge of the history of art, art theory and contemporary art issues.
SLO6: Expand creative potential through the production of an individual body of work.
SLO7: Attain professional training and mastery of technical skills as preparation for advanced study or professional careers in the arts.
MA in Fine Arts w/Option Supervising
The Graduate Program in Art Education with an Option in Teaching Certification, in support of the mission of Kean University, is to cultivate art educators who can engage in conceptual thought, are globally knowledgeable about learning in the visual arts, and can translate these understandings into a democratic classroom practice and an inquiry-based approach to education. The Program seeks to foster future educators having a strong studio preparation augmented by an academic study of the psychological and intellectual origins underpinning the fine arts creative process as it unfolds within the growing individual. In upholding the integrity of its philosophical commitment, the Program exclusively leads to a specifically titled Fine Arts Initial Teaching Certification and all students must demonstrate a formal course foundation within the area of fine arts, regardless of any further specializations.
The Program seeks the development of teachers who are intellectually grounded and cognizant of the critical importance of existing scholarly studies to their practice. Graduate students are expected to engage with the classroom as a place of learning for children and adolescents and also as an arena of exploration which carries the potential for research, thesis development and publication. Emphasis is placed upon the divergent aspects of psychological development, differentiated learning needs, and cultural and ethnic concerns as they present themselves within the contemporary classroom. The Program advances the implications of art education towards the enrichment of a pluralistic society in which individual creative thought is a contributive factor to both personal intellectual development and societal and cultural evolution.
MA in Fine Arts w/Option Supervising Student Learning Outcomes
SLO1: Demonstrate conceptual mastery and global thinking about the artistic process as a highly afferent, multifaceted form of intelligence rooted in sensory, emotional, kinesthetic, and cognitive ways of knowing.
SLO2: Demonstrate ability to design and assess highly structured, sequential, and intellectually grounded lesson plans, units of study and curriculum.
SLO3: Demonstrate the ability to provide and assess teaching methods which speak to the differentiated needs of varied student populations and contribute to the global intelligence, emotional literacy and aesthetic awareness of young people and future society.
SLO4: Demonstrate ability to design and assess instruction which elicits creative thinking while addressing basic skills, formal knowledge and state standards as important aspects of a dimensional educational experience.
SLO5: Demonstrate professional studio skills.
SLO6: Demonstrate skills in verbal and written communication.
SLO7: Demonstrate knowledge of the history and evolution of the field as it relates to societal concerns and shifting ideologies and the implications of these matters to the advancement of pedagogical practice.
SLO8: Demonstrate ability to adapt to contextual changes in schooling towards the advancement of a democratic form of education which transcends ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic boundaries.
SLO9: Demonstrate ability to engage with the k-12 classroom as an arena of ongoing exploration, reflection and continued professional growth.
SLO10: Demonstrate knowledge and skills pertaining to student dispositions and classroom management.
SLO11: Demonstrate the ability to engage in dimensional, intellectual thought leading to the identification of a scholarly topic, the execution of a literary review, the formulation of a research approach, and the finalization of a written thesis.
* KU Student Outcomes: Kean University graduates should be able to:
1. Think critically, creatively and globally;
2. Adapt to changing social, economic, and technological environments;
3. Serve as active and contributing members of their communities; and
4. Advance their knowledge in the traditional disciplines (GE) and enhance their skills in professional areas (Prof. pgms)
**General Education Student Learning Outcomes
Student Learning Outcomes – Knowledge: Students will demonstrate proficiency in knowledge and content by:
(K1) applying the scientific method to comprehend natural concepts and processes;
(K2) evaluating major theories and concepts in social sciences;
(K3) relating historical references to literature; and
(K4) evaluating major theories and concepts in the fine arts.
Student Learning Outcomes – Skills: Students will demonstrate the skills necessary to:
(S1) write to communicate and clarify learning ;
(S2) communicate effectively through speech;
(S3) solve problems using quantitative reasoning;
(S4) think critically about concepts in multiple disciplines; and
(S5) show information literacy.
Values (GE-V): Students will demonstrate personal, social and ethical responsibility as a part of lifelong learning through:
(V1) personal responsibility;
(V2) ethical & social responsibility;
(V3) active in social & civic engagement;
(V4) respect for diverse culture; and
(V5) lifelong learning