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ART

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College Vision

The College of Arts, Media, and Communication is inspired by the shared belief that art is communication, that communication is an art, and that art and communication are essential pillars for building and maintaining community.

Assessment Resource Center [ARC]

Assessment at CSUN

University Fundamental Learning Competencies

GE Student Learning Outcomes

AACL  AY-Calendar Meeting Schedule

 

Assessment in the College

Why Do Assessment?
[Levels of Assessment | Effective Assessment]

College Student Learning Outcomes

List of PLOs by Department

Assessment Process

College Alignment Matrix

Department Alignment Matrices
[doc file]

Archived Reports

 

Assessment Forms

College Annual Assessment Reporting Form [doc file]

Program Assessment Feedback Form
[docx file]

5-year Planning Template Plan B
[doc file]

5-year Planning Template Plan C
[doc file]

Alignment Matrix Template
[doc file]

 

Other Resources

Suggestions for Closing the Loop

Assessment Terms and Definitions

Sample Rubrics
[docx file]

GE Recertification File

Office of Academic Assessment and Program Review

Accreditation Organizations

 

List of PLOs by Department

[Click here to download printable docx version of this document]

 

Art | Cinema & Television Arts | Communication studies | Journalism | Music | Theatre


Department of Art

 

 

 

Undergraduate Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
  1. Basic Skills:
    acquire and develop a foundation of art knowledge, theories, skills, craftsmanship and technologies, where ideas and concepts are communicated in writing, speaking and art making.
  2. Art Knowledge:
    broaden knowledge of ancient through contemporary art and develop anunderstanding of art within theoretical, cultural, and historical contexts.
  3. Critical Thinking:
    analyze, interpret, and question traditional methodologies and pre-conceived notions of art and art making through the process of generating and solving problems.
  4. Interdisciplinary Connections:
    explore and engage in interdisciplinary forms of art making.
  5. Global Perspectives:
    develop an appreciation and tolerance of diverse perspectives dealing with art, culture, teaching and learning.
  6. Collaboration:
    engage in both individual and collaborative art experiences among students, faculty, and community.
  7. Professional Preparation:
    develop career paths for various art professions and an understanding of the demands and expectations of those areas.
Graduate Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
  1. Basic Skills:
    master advanced knowledge, theories, and concepts about art; communicate ideas and concepts through writing, speaking, and art making.
  2. Art Knowledge:
    broaden the knowledge of contemporary art and the understanding of the theoretical, cultural and historical contexts of art through writing, speaking, and art making on advanced levels.
  3. Critical Thinking:
    master processes of generating and solving problems in art; analyze, interpret, and question traditional methodologies and preconceived notions of art and art making on an advanced level.
  4. Interdisciplinary Connections:
    explore and engage in interdisciplinary forms of art making.
  5. Global Perspectives:
    develop an appreciation and tolerance of diverse perspectives dealing with art, culture, teaching and learning.
  6. Collaboration:
    Engage in both individual and collaborative art experiences among students, faculty, and community.
  7. Professional Preparation:
    master an understanding of what it means to be a professional artist; develop an advanced understanding of the demands and expectations of the art profession and art field.



Department of Cinema and Television Arts

 

 

Undergraduate Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Graduates of the Department of Cinema and Television Arts will be:

1. Knowledgeable individuals who

a. demonstrate the core and degree-specific Student Learning Outcomes
b. are able to integrate core skills into a culminating capstone project or production;
c. demonstrate technological literacy.

2. Critical thinkers and problem solvers who

a. process information from a variety of sources;
b. distinguish between fact and opinion;
c. apply knowledge in making decisions and solving problems.

3. Effective communicators who

a. read and comprehend a variety of materials;
b. speak and write coherently.

4. Respectful, responsible members of the community who

a. understand diverse cultures, lifestyles, and viewpoints
b. develop alliances with the community to advance the educational, intellectual, artistic, civic, cultural and economic goals of its members.

5. Encouraged to innovate, experiment and take intellectual and creative risks that may serve to educate, inspire and entertain.

 

Graduate Program Student Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

After successful completion of all requirements for the Master of Arts in Screen Writing, students will:

  1. construct screen stories and write feature length screenplays that reflect meaningful themes, while engaging an audience.
  2. create unique, fully dimensional characters that speak in original, character-specific
    dialogue.
  3. understand the history, theories, and critical models of cinema and the electronic media.
  4. understand the role of a writer’s agent, the process through which producers buy scripts
    and hire screenwriters for assignments, and a knowledge of what can be expected in the working life of a professional screenwriter.


Department of Communication Studies

 

 

Undergraduate Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

After successful completion of the requirements for all bachelor degrees in Communication, students will:

  1. identify, describe, and explain the role of communication in constructing reality through
    concepts, practices, and rituals.
  2. analyze communication practices, structures, messages, and effects in a variety of contexts.
  3. describe and explain the relationship between communication and culture.
  4. appropriately identify effective and ethical communication.
  5. work with others in civic engagement to develop a multicultural and global society.
Graduate Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

After successful completion of all requirements for the Master of Arts in Communication, students will:

  1. critically examine how communication affects the social construction of reality. 
  2. define and discuss some basic tenets or theories of human communication from the perspective of one or more specific areas of the field (Rhetoric, Communication Theory, and Performance, Language and Cultural Studies).
  3. critically assess and analyze scholarly writing in the field.
  4. analyze and critically interpret/evaluate communication practices and research.
  5.   analyze and critically evaluate the relationship between communication and culture.


Department of Journalism

 

 

Undergraduate Program Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the requirements for all bachelor degrees in Journalism, students will:

  1. Attain competency in writing basics such as grammar and punctuation, word usage and
    spelling, sentence and story structure and journalistic style;
  2. Attain competency in the gathering and critical analysis of information using such
    techniques as interviewing, observation and researching primary and secondary sources.
  3. Acquire expertise in thinking critically and creatively, while exercising news judgment,
    the organization and presentation of information in multiple journalistic forms (i.e., print, visual and electronic, and public relations).
  4. Develop an ethical basis for making journalistic and public relations decisions;Develop
    flexibility in working in evolving mass communication media and environments using a variety of technologies and techniques;
  5. Understand the historical, theoretical, legal and societal contexts within which journalists
    and public relations practitioners work.


Department of Music

 

 

Undergraduate Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

After successful completion of the requirements for all bachelor degrees in music, students will:

  1. demonstrate the ability to hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music, through sight-reading, basic keyboard proficiency, and musical analysis.
  2. perform standard repertoire appropriate to their performance area, as individuals, members of ensembles, and/or conductors.
  3. demonstrate a working knowledge of music history within their area of specialization and an acquaintance with the history, cultural background and repertories beyond that area, including a wide selection of Western and world music literature.
  4. demonstrate a working knowledge of music technology and its application to their area of specialization.
  5. develop pedagogical and/or clinical skills fundamental to their area of specialization for application across a variety of music and music-related professions.
  6. demonstrate professional competence in the execution of business processes and practices commonly employed within their area of specialization.
  7. create derivative or original music in both extemporaneous and written form.
Graduate Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

After successful completion of all requirements for the Master of Arts in Music or the Master of Music degree, students will:

  1. demonstrate continuing development of professional and scholarly competence within their area of specialization.
  2. demonstrate continuing development of individual talent, musical interests, and philosophies to be used creatively to preserve and extend the cultural heritage of music.
  3. demonstrate artistic and intellectual rigor in the organization, interpretation, communication, and dissemination of musical knowledge.
  4. demonstrate pedagogical skills fundamental to their area of specialization applicable across a variety of music and music-related professions.
  5. demonstrate professional competence in the execution of business processes and practices commonly employed within their area of specialization.


Department of Theatre

 

 

Undergraduate Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

After successful completion of the requirements for all bachelor degrees in theater, students will:

  1. Process sensory information and respond to sensory information through the language
    unique to theatre.
  2. Apply their knowledge of artistic and theatre processes involved in the discipline of theater.
  3. Apply historical, cultural, aesthetic and literary understandings to the discipline of theater.
  4. Apply appropriate criteria to make informed assessments in works of theatre.
  5. Develop intra and interpersonal skills essential to the collaborative process in theatre
Graduate Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

After successful completion of all requirements for the Master of Arts in Theater, students will:

  1. Develop competent research skills.
  2. Develop competent critical thinking and writing abilities.
  3. Develop competent knowledge and world theatre history, literature, and criticism.
  4. Demonstrate abilities to apply and integrate skills and knowledge into their professional development.