Graduate Program Learning Objectives
Graduates of the M.A and Ph.D programs in the School of Media Arts and Studies will:
At the graduate level assessment occurs though the comprehensive exam and thesis/dissertation evaluation processes. All master’s students must complete a six-hour written examination followed by an option oral exam. PhD students must complete a 16-hour written examination followed by a compulsory two-hour oral examination. Theses and dissertations are evaluated by means of proposal hearings and oral defenses.
The School’s Assessment Committee meets regularly and in Fall Semester reviews learning objectives for possible modification. These reviews are based upon data collected in the previous year’s assessment process
The results of assessment activities are collected and summarized by the Assessment Committee of the School and recommendations for curricular adjustments are passed to the Graduate Committee.
Graduate Program Learning Objectives (M.F.A.)
Graduates of the M.F.A. in Communication Media Arts program should:
Assessment, Evaluation and Summative Results
Each Fall, the Communication Media MFA Graduate Faculty will review the previous year’s thesis projects for creative excellence, critical thinking, value to the field of communication and originality. A report of overall strengths and weaknesses will be generated by the faculty and recommendations made for future thesis.
Each Spring, a selection of MFA courses (including work produced within these classes) will be evaluated by the Communication Media MFA Graduate Faculty. Evaluation criteria will include individual course outcomes, course goals, student evaluations and critique of quality of work coming from the courses.
At the end of each Spring, each MFA student will generate a 1-page report outlining their yearly activities, such as courses, projects, external publications and collaborations, to be reviewed by their thesis committee and submitted to the MFA Director.
Toward the end of Spring semester, students working as Teaching Assistants will receive a review letter written by the Instructor of Record. The review letter will be written by the MFA Director if the student is an Instructor of Record.