Art at Aquinas College

Student Learning Outcomes


The Art department's mission is to train artists, art historians, and visual arts administrators, as well as to provide service courses for non-art majors. Through our courses, we aspire to build an appreciation for the rich interchange of images and ideas that can happen between art and other academic disciplines. Our graduates in art have been encouraged to consider their future professional role in the context of both the contemporary world and the historical world. Besides a reverence for art history, they have been taught appropriate skills of mind, hand, and eye. They have been helped to find the next steps in their life journey, and have been challenged to be the best they can be in their chosen specialty.

Student Learning Outcomes for BA Studio Art Majors:

  • Studio art majors will gain an adequate knowledge of the history of art, ancient to the present.
  • Art Education certification candidates will gain specific knowledge of contemporary issues in art, including non-traditional studio methods and the history of post-modern art.
  • Studio art majors will gain knowledge and skill in the theory and practice of formal design.
  • Studio art majors will gain an ability to draw.  
  • Studio art majors will become technically competent, including safe usage of tools and materials associated with the traditional media of drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture.
  • Studio art majors will gain knowledge and experience in proper exhibition presentation, including the matting and framing of artworks and exhibition installation.
  • Studio art majors earning K-12 certification in visual art education will gain knowledge of age-appropriate methods, materials, and theory in art education, will receive practical experience applying that knowledge, and will gain knowledge regarding the administration of K-12 art programs in public and private institutions.

Student Learning Outcomes for BFA Studio Art Majors:

  • B.F.A. students will gain a particular knowledge of and ability with the human form.
  • B.F.A. majors will gain knowledge of their personal artistic antecedents.
  • B.F.A. majors will learn to present their art and ideas professionally, including slide or digital portfolio preparation, resume writing, and discussion of the ideas, images, and processes in their own art.
  • B.F.A. majors will gain adequate knowledge regarding contemporary art issues.

Student Learning Outcomes for Art History Majors:

  • Art history majors will gain knowledge of the history of art, ancient through contemporary.
  • Art history majors will gain knowledge of formal design theory, and of critical evaluation of art objects based on formal design theory.
  • Art history majors will gain an understanding of the artistic and cultural context in which a given art object is created.
  • Art history majors will gain an ability to do scholarly writing and research.
  • Art History majors will gain a familiarity with museums, galleries, and exhibition centers.