Office of Assessment

Art and Music

Art and Music Department Mission Statement

The faculty of the Department of Art and Music at Framingham State University facilitate a collaborative, innovative and interdisciplinary learning environment which focuses on academic excellence in the areas of visual art, art history, art education, music history and music theory. As part of a liberal arts institution, the faculty encourages hybrid and tangential relations with other fields as a way of aiding the student in identifying the most effective way to articulate their individual vision. The program is designed to help students pursue creative endeavors while also imparting specific skills appropriate to the various disciplines of fine arts, design, art education, and scholarly and professional endeavors in art history, museum studies and music. 


Art History Major Learning Objectives

  1. To possess a high degree of visual and art historical literacy.
  2. To develop an understanding of the power and role of art in past and present social and historical contexts.
  3. To be familiar with traditional and non-traditional methods of interpretation.
  4. To develop students’ analytical and critical faculties.
  5. To conduct art historical research.
  6. To speak and write effective academic discourse, informed by the discipline.


Art Studio Major Learning Objectives

  1. To achieve functional competence with principles of visual organization, including the ability to work with visual elements in two and three dimensional design and drawing.
  2. To demonstrate dexterity with tools, equipment, and various media necessary for solving aesthetic, conceptual, and technical problems.
  3. To critically analyze and discuss a diverse range of artworks with terminology appropriate to the discipline in both verbal and written form.
  4. To apply inventive, critical thinking in the translation of concept to form and in the interpretation and use of images and objects.
  5. To demonstrate knowledge of major art periods, art movements, multicultural art traditions, and indivudal artists from antiquity to the present.
  6. To demonstrate professional expertise and vision in one or more studio art areas through the presentation of a culminating exhibition and comprehensive portfolio.
  7. To understand the concepts and methodologies of several other academic areas outside of visual art and demonstrate the ability to incorporate these concepts in a manner that leads to new ideas that trascend traditional notions of art and artist.