Upon successfully completing the program of study with an art theory and criticism emphasis, students should be able to...

  • Conduct an extended, rigorous written analysis of artworks by drawing upon concepts from established critical theoretical texts;
  • Articulate the theoretical assumptions driving specific interpretations of artworks by availing a knowledge base of art theory and criticism;
  • Pose and investigate theoretical questions about the nature and function of art by utilizing specific artworks as reference points; 
  • Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of facts and accepted art historical and critical terminology in writing and discussion;
  • Contextualize established and contemporary artworks within a broader cultural, historical, and political framework;
  • Produce a work of art or curate an exhibition informed by an art-theoretical concept. 
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