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Mission and Student Learning Goals

Mission Statement

The CSB/SJU art department is committed to building and sustaining an environment of creative freedom, personal expression and professional discipline, while exploring the relationship of these attributes to communal and social consciousness.

The art department supports the liberal arts tradition through a curriculum and faculty that cultivate critical inquiry, aesthetic appreciation, technical skill and cultural diversity in the visual arts through traditional and innovative means.

Through the support of this liberal arts tradition, the department is committed to achieving the following goals:

  • To strengthen and broaden the curriculum in order to provide the highest quality education for students in art courses;
  • To enhance the effectiveness of faculty performance through recognition and creative use of their strengths and talents;
  • To acknowledge and confirm student contributions to the vitality of a passionate learning environment.
  • In the spirit of Benedictine institutions

Art Department Learning Goals

1. Students will understand the principles of design  and effectively apply them in the creation of quality work.

2. Students will effectively integrate content with the visual principles of design and technique.

3. Students will be able to critically evaluate work through written and verbal modes of expression.

4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of historical and contemporary issues in Art and Art Theory through verbal and written modes of communication.

5. Students will be able to apply their understanding of historical and contemporary issues in Art and Art Theory, either directly or indirectly, to artwork (their own or others').

6. Students will develop a personalized, self-directed mode of expression that culminates in a cohesive, in-depth body of artwork.

7. Students will effectively apply techniques appropriate to their media in the creation and presentation of well-realized artwork.

Printmaking Studio

Student working in the newly renovated Printmaking Studio