This is the preliminary (or launch) version of the 2024-2025 VCU Bulletin. Courses that expose students to cutting-edge content and transformative learning may be added and notification of additional program approvals may be received prior to finalization. General education program content is also subject to change. The final edition and full PDF version will include these updates and will be available in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

Aissa H. Deebi, Ph.D.
Associate professor and director

Student learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

PLO 1 – Technical skill: Students will achieve proficiency of tools, techniques and materials used in their media area. Students are expected to achieve technical proficiency in painting and printmaking and possess the skill to translate their creative ideas through studio practice.

PLO 2 – Creativity: Students should develop the capacity to combine or synthesize existing ideas, images or expertise in original ways. Students should be able to think, react and work in an imaginary way characterized by a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, problem solving, risk taking and the embracing of contradictions. Students are expected to develop personal voices as artists based on an awareness of social, historical and critical issues.

PLO 3 – Critical and conceptual thinking: Students should demonstrate comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts and practices before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion. Students have the ability to think critically and to articulate their ideas via conversation, public speaking and writing.

PLO 4 – Professional practice: Students should possess the professional skills required by contemporary artists and those working within the eld of creative practices. Student should be well versed the [sic] necessary skills to promote their work, document their work and liaise with other professionals. Students comprehend the potential impact of contemporary art on culture.