End of Year Assessment

The Department of Art + Design End of Year Assessment
The Department of Art + Design, at the end of each academic year, conducts a thorough evaluation of the following programs; Art Education, Fine Art, Graphic Design and Studio Art. The reasons for evaluation are so faculty and administration can measure areas in curriculum, teaching, Sophomore Review, Annual Student Exhibition, Mock Interview Scenarios, Internship, job placement. Conducting the end of year assessment gives the department insight into peach programs successes as well as areas where or weaknesses or where changes need to be addressed.

The following examples are intended demonstrate the manner in which the Department of Art + Design gathers information and reports on it. 

I. Sophomore Reviews
Second year students are required to present a portfolio of 2-D, 3-D, drawing, painting, and other work they have done in their first two years in the program. All students, regardless of their major are required to go through the review. They are measure on the following criteria. Understanding each student allows faculty to help them in their area of need.

1. Freshness and Creativity of Ideas: the department sees more variation in scores in the category than    
    in other areas. The department finds some students better in this area than others. 

2. Skill or Technical Expertise: the department finds that most students are competent, on average, for
    their second year. Fettering our individual weakness allows faculty to help students individually at their
    area of need.

3. Quantity of Production: the department finds most students hesitant in the area of 3-D, especially
    graphic design students, as well as areas they have little interest in.

4. Quality of Production: generally the department finds a wide range in quality since students of
    sophomores the department generally sees improvement in the next tow years.

5. Areas of Strengths: students are measured on a range of potentials; creativity, apparent serious intent
    toward their given major, to conceptual ability among other criteria uniques to any given student.

6. Areas of Weakness: the department assesses students on areas of time management, artistic potential,
    initiative among other criteria uniques to any given student.

7. Apparent Seriousness of Intent: dedication, discipline among other criteria uniques to any given
    student.

8. Other. the department looks artistic growth, class participation, d among other criteria uniques to any
    given student.

II. Department of Art + Design Annual Student Exhibition
The Department of Art + Design holds an annual student exhibition. Each exhibition is juried by a professional from outside the department and university. 

Juror Evaluation/Assessment:
The Department of Art + Design strives for excellence in quality of design, creativity, technical
competence, and craftsmanship. To assist department / program assessment is asked to provide a professional evaluation of the overall exhibition entries in the following areas with any additional comments or recommendations as needed. 

1. Quality in design: strengths and weakness in compositional understanding and utilization of elements
    and principles of design. 

2. Creativity: strengths and weakness that demonstrates inventiveness, individual creative style of artist(s) 

3. Media: strengths and weakness in the utilization of materials and techniques, level of skill and
    experience 

4. Craftsmanship: strengths and weakness in quality of presentation 

III. Department of Art + Design Graphic Design Internship Evaluations
Graphic Design students are required, in order to meet the requirements for earning a B.S. in Graphic Design, to have taken an internship in an agency, in house department or similar. Each student, upon completion, is evaluated and ranked on the following criteria earning a 1 - 5 score by their supervisor.

1. Ability to Learn 
    a. Asks pertinent Questions
    b. Seeks out and utilizes appropriate resources 
    c. Accepts responsibility 

2. Reading/Writing/Computation skills
    a. Reads/comprehends/follows written materials  
    b. Communicates ideas and concepts clearly in writing 
    c. Works with mathematical procedures appropriate to the job 

3. Listening and Oral Communication skills 
    a. Listens to others in an active and attentive manner 
    b. Effectively participates in meetings or group setting 
    c. demonstrates effective verbal communication skills 

4. Creative Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
    a. Breaks down complex tasks/problems into manageable pieces 
    b. Brainstorms/develops options and ideas  
    c. Demonstrates and analytical capacity 

5. Professional and Career Development Skills 
    a. Exhibits self-motivated approach to work
    b. Demonstrates ability to set appropriate priorities/goals 
    c. Exhibits professional behavior and attitude 

6. Interpersonal and Teamwork Skills
    a. Manages and resolves conflict in an effective manner 
    b. Supports and contributes to a team atmosphere 
    c. Demonstrates assertive but appropriate behavior 

7. Organizational Effectiveness Skills 
    a. Seeks to understand and support organization's mission/goals
    b. Fits in with the norms and expectations of the organization
    c. Works within decision-making channels 

8. Basic work habits
    a. reports to work as scheduled and on-time 
    b. Exhibits a positive and constructive attitude 
    c. Dress and appearance are appropriate for the organization 

9. Character Attributes 
    a. Brings sense of values and integrity to job  
    b. Behaves in ethical manner 

10. Overall Performance on a scale out of 10 

IV. Summary of Student Internship Self Evaluation and Internship Managers
Students are required, at the end of their internship in Graphic Design, to self evaluate their perceived performance. Responses are varied, as expected, and are designed to give insight to faculty in how students self assess and measure their performance. These are compared with previous years and give insight into students self perception.

1. Student Name: 

2. What was the focus of your experience? 

3. What was the best part of your experience? 

4. Probability of Success in Field 
  Is the intern prepared for an entry-level position in your field? If your organization were filling an 
  entry-level position, would you consider the intern a strong candidate, for the position? 

5. Do you have serious reservations about the intern’s abilities? 

6. Overall Evaluation 
  What are the intern’s strengths and weaknesses? In what ways could the intern improve performance?   
  What issues, perhaps not asked above, might you see as important to the growth and development of   
  the student in business and life? 

V. The Department of Art + Design End of Year Assessment of Graphic Design Internships
The Department of Art + Design, provides a final analysis of outgoing seniors and their Internship experience. The format provides am Overview, a Breakdown and a look at the next academic years seniors. This concludes the Internship assessment for the academic year.

VI. Department of Art + Design, Mock Interview Assessment
All senior Graphic Design students, in the Spring semester of their Senior year, are required to participate in Mock Interviews. These sessions are with professionals in the field. Students are encouraged to have resume, business cards, portfolio, and be professionally dressed. During the course of the interview session students are treated as legitimate candidates. Each session is filmed and students are required to watch them film and assess their behavior. Students are scored on the following criteria and rated on a scale of 1 - 4.

1. Posture, Eye Contact, Handshake 

2. Professional Attire

3. Poise, Confidence

4. Quality of Resume

5. Provided Effective and Appropriate Examples

6. Ability to Articulate Thoughts

7. Demonstrated Leadership Potential

8. Apparent Enthusiasm and Motivation for Position

9. Relevant Work Experience

10. Prepared Academically

VII. Department of Art + Design, Senior Exit Interview Curriculum Assessment
All graduating senior are asked to respond to a questionnaire assessing the department on various levels. This assessment provides information that department faculty use in comparison with the aforementioned assessments. Questions are as follows.

Part I
1. The courses that made up your specialization provided an effective basis for future application and
     development. 

2. The instructors presented course content in a clear and effective way. 

3. The instructors worked to develop you to your full potential. 

4. The Department provided facilities, equipment and technological environment that promoted learning. 

5. The Department provided a psychological and intellectual environment that promoted your
    development. 

6. Quality of academic advising. 

7. You had an opportunity to attend and participate in high impact events: visiting artist presentations,
    gallery exhibits, field trips, demonstrations etc. 

8. You found it easy to connect with your peers and the Department using internet resources and social
    media. 

9. You felt engaged with the Department of Art + Design through student organizational membership,
    travel study, and related activities. 

10. You feel professionally prepared to enter the field of your choice. 

11. You were provided with opportunities to participate in community projects. 

12. You had the opportunity to interact with other Art + Design majors. 

13. You were encouraged to participate with professionals and peers nationally, via conferences,
      organizations, exhibitions, etc. 

14. Your overall evaluation of the Department’s performance. 

Part II
Students were asked to comment on the following areas of the Department of Visual Arts curriculum.  Of the four areas, listed below, related to art instruction, comment on the quality of instruction you received in each area.

1. Art Theory: Language and Applications of Art Elements and Principles of Design 

2. Art production: Perceptual skills (learning to see), Technical skills (how to work with specific mediums)

3. Conceptual skills (idea development) 

4. Art Criticism: Critical analysis (verbal and written) 

5. Art History: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives of the Visual Arts (art history and studio courses) 

Part III
1. Comment on the sequence of art courses as you experienced them in your own program. If in Art
    Education, how did the education courses fit in? 

2. What were some of your most outstanding learning experiences in the department and why? 

3. Is there anything that has been particularly disappointing to you? If so, what and why? Did you voice
    these disappointments to department faculty while you were a student? If not, why? 

4. What suggestions do you have for making the Department more effective in teaching, production,
    advising and other areas? 

5. At this point in time, what do you consider to be your personal strengths and weaknesses? 

6. What would you say is the main strength of the Department? 

7. Other helpful comments (Advising, Facilities and Equipment, Performance Art Awards, Extracurricular
    offerings, such as Kappa Pi, Community) 

8. As an alumni, how can we help you transition to the workplace, stay involved with HU or provide other
    services?