School of Design Mission and SLOs

Graphic Design-(BFA), Industrial Design (BID), Interior Design (BFA)

The Robert Busch School of Design (herein noted as RBSD) at Kean University has several related goals that are aligned with the University Mission.
Relative to the University’s goals, RBSD dedicates itself to the intellectual, cultural, and personal growth of all its members — students, faculty, and professional staff. We prepare students to think critically, creatively and globally; to adapt to changing social, economic, and technological environments; and to serve as active and contributing members of their communities.
RBSD offers a wide range of demanding programs dedicated to excellence in instruction and academic support services necessary to assure its socially, linguistically, and culturally diverse students the means to reach their full potential, including students from academically disadvantaged backgrounds, students with special needs, and adults returning or entering higher education.
RBSD is steadfast in maintaining a student-centered educational environment in which diversity can flourish and an atmosphere in which mutual respect characterizes relations among the members of a pluralistic community. RBSD seeks to combine excellence with equity in providing opportunities for all students.
At RBSD there is a focus on teaching excellence which is supported by a commitment to research, scholarship, creative work, and innovative uses of technology. The focus includes the advancement of knowledge in the traditional disciplines and the enhancement of skills in professional areas. RBSD is committed to providing global educational opportunities for students and faculty.
RBSD is interactive - we collaborate with business, government and the arts, as well as educational and community organizations to provide the region with cultural events and services. RBSD is also committed to providing students and faculty educational opportunities in national and international arenas.
Specifically, RBSD faculty is dedicated to providing an exceptional educational experience while fostering the knowledge, skills, creativity, and professionalism necessary to prepare graduates for careers as professional designers. As such, we are devoted to academic rigor, curricular innovation, critical thought, and teaching excellence. The School of Design is aligned with and accredited by the philosophy and goals of two external accrediting organizations: Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and National Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
The RBSD mission also undertakes to inform the public about the critical contribution that designers make in changing the world and to this end we are also dedicated to reaching out to the wider community through programs of public information and service.
With a broad foundation in liberal arts (GE), a core foundation in the basics of design elements and principles, a thorough grounding in design concepts, artistry, craft, and technologies, followed by a concentration in selected area of design, the School of Design programs of study offer students intensive theory and practice and an integrated curriculum to provide them with the tools they need to help shape the future of human lives.
The collective programs of RBSD have a focus is on critical and creative thinking, aesthetic awareness, effective use of technology, awareness of sustainability relative to the profession, diversity and social sensitivity, ethical professional.
Graphic Design-(BFA), Industrial Design (BID), Interior Design (BFA) Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
SLO 1: Recognize, apply, and use underlying concepts governing design and the visual arts, and to provide the opportunity to develop basic design skills through in-depth explorations of a variety of two dimensional media and fundamental experience with three-dimensional media (thus preparing the student for more advanced study).
SLO 2: Recognize and interpret the history of world art and design, the cultural impact of art and design, the generally accepted theories of art and design, and the critical analysis of art and design, from which they themselves are evolving, and to which they will, in time, contribute.
SLO 3: Demonstrate proficiency with the basic materials, tools, techniques, processes, and technologies needed for the conceptual development, creation and execution, and presentation design solutions (and to do so in conformity with the knowledge of professional standards).
SLO 4: Demonstrate mastery in the aesthetics, artistry, and craftsmanship needed for the creation, execution, and presentation of design solutions (and to do so in conformity with the knowledge of professional standards).
SLO 5: Identify and creatively solve design problems and to perform design service with an understanding of cultural diversity, social consciousness, professional ethics, sustainability, global issues along with the needs of clients (those who commission design work).
SLO 6: Exhibit competencies in translating and interpreting ideas and concepts into design solutions, to communicate these ideas to a mass audience, to communicate ideas, concepts, and execution and production parameters to the client, to production specialists, to other professionals who contribute to the design process, and to members of the broader society.
SLO7: Express an individual viewpoint – take a creative leap, synthesizing formal, technical, practical, and theoretical components into a personal aesthetic resulting in creative products (design solutions).
SLO8: Synthesize the relationship among studies in the liberal arts, general visual arts, business, and design in the creation of a body of work (portfolio).
SLO9: Create a body of work and demonstrate knowledge that represents conceptual and creative abilities and will enable a student to obtain entrance into the profession or graduate study.
* 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

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