Mar 22, 2023  
Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2020-2021 
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Visual Arts, MAT Learning Outcomes

The MAT in Visual Arts Comprehensive Exam is the main process by which we determine how well the student has met the outcomes. The exam is comprised of two parts: 1) the thesis paper and 2) the oral critique.

  1. Defines a clear thesis based on a completed cohesive body of artwork (thesis paper).
  2. Articulates a relationship between their body of work to other artists (thesis paper).
  3. Applies appropriate research strategies and citations (thesis paper).
  4. Clarifies the growth and understanding gained through creating a cohesive body of work (thesis paper).
  5. Discusses specific examples of their own work as they relate to the thesis and places them in context (thesis paper).
  6. Clarifies how their teaching has changed as a result of the program (critique).
  7. Presents a cohesive body of artwork orally (critique).
  8. Defends the cohesive body of artwork orally (critique).
  9. Reveals technical awareness of at least one medium (critique).
  10. Exhibits thoughtful presentation of artwork (critique).
  11. Clarifies how their interests as an artist relate to their teaching (critique).



  1. Be informed (and critical) consumers of research literature, and become familiar with the methods and technology surrounding scientific inquiry. (EDMC 530)
  2. Examine curriculum within the scope of a general framework of curriculum meaning, design, development and use. However, the specific focus of the course will be to develop standards-based curriculum and to understand the paradigm shift for educators today in what teaching and learning need to look like in a standards-based environment. (EDMC 531)
  3. Articulate a personal position on critical issues and to practice school leadership and community advocacy on issues of concern. (EDMC 532)
  4. Explore ways to conduct high quality assessments that accurately track student learning. They will learn to use assessment information to inform instructional decisions, and will discover ways to use the assessment process as a basis for helping students improve their own learning and achievement. (EDMC 533)
  5. Examine their own classroom learning and teaching practices that are consistent with their theory of learning. They will reflect upon and demonstrate their knowledge of the best practices that address high standards and expectations, effective instruction, and assessment. (EDMC 538)