Program Competencies
Contact Information
College of Visual and Performing Arts
133 McLaurin Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-2323
803/323-2333 (fax)

Program Competencies


THEATRE & DANCE

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to think conceptually and critically about text, performance, and production.
  • Students will demonstrate Intermediate to advanced competence in one or more theatre specializations in production, performance, scholarship, or teaching.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of procedures and approaches for realizing a variety of theatrical styles.
  • Students will demonstrate development of dance and movement skills appropriate to musical theatre (Musical Theatre Emphasis).
  • The student will be an effective decision maker in directing the education of students (K-12 Teacher Certification Emphasis) 

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Dance

  • Students will demonstrate dance technique proficiency in the respective required technique series (Modern and Ballet) in the BA Dance degree curriculum.
  • Students will choreograph a dance work and prepare that work for public presentation.
  • Students will learn the science of dance movement and apply that knowledge to foster the longevity of the dancer.
  • Students should identify and demonstrate effective strategies for entry-level pedagogy in selected dance forms/styles.
  • Students will apply technique and personal creative expression in performance as appropriate to a particular choreographic work.

FINE ARTS

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art Education (K-12 Teacher Certification)

  • Students will model both traditional processes and newer technical developments in creating art, documenting art, and creating art education curriculum
  • Students will apply historical and contemporary perspectives of art and design to art education.
  • Students will synthesize learning experiences that demonstrate preparation for K12 art education certification. Formulate and compile a satisfactory preparation for art education certification K12.
  • Students will create connections between Art Education in practice and the expectations of the Visual Arts edTPA (external evaluation for certification).  
  • Students will communicate the benefit of arts education and arts programs to colleagues, administrators, and parents.
  • Students will exhibit personal and professional qualities appropriate to an art educator.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art History

  • Students will be able to identify works of art, artistic styles, and art historical movements throughout history and across the globe.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the tools and techniques of art historical scholarship through completion of written research papers.
  • Students will apply major critical theories and methodologies in the discipline.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the art history of non-Western cultures.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art

  • Students will create work using basic design principles, concepts, media, and formats.
  • Students will demonstrate self-promotion skills and professional fine art competencies
  • Students will utilize digital technology for purposes of creating, documenting, and presenting art work.
  • Students will communicate (orally and in written format) aesthetic descriptions and concept analyses
  • specific to the Fine Arts.
  • Students will classify works of art by historical, cultural and stylistic contexts.

Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) in Studio Arts

  • Students will apply basic design principles, concepts, media, and formats in their work within the various fine arts disciplines.
  • Students can conceive, design, and create a body of work that is expressed through more than one studio discipline.
  • Students will relate various aesthetic issues, processes, and media to the conceptualization, development, and completion of works of art.
  • Students will communicate ideas inherent to their creative practice.
  • Students will analyze the common elements and vocabulary of art, as well as the interaction of these elements, perceptively and critically.
  • Students will classify works of art by historical, cultural and stylistic contexts.
  • Students will utilize technologies and equipment applicable to their area(s) of specialization.
  • Students will model independent thought processes and professional competence in their chosen studio art emphasis/emphases.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio Art

  • Students will develop cognitive and technical skills to create a series of creative works at a graduate level derived from personal interests and research.
  • Students will have the ability to conceive, design, and create works in more than one studio discipline and the expertise to move fluidly between media.
  • Students will gain a comprehensive understanding and awareness of contemporary art practices, issues, and movements and the ability to contribute to the expansion and evolution of these fields.
  • Students will be able to clearly and effectively communicate ideas inherent to their creative practice to the art/design communities, the public, and in formal or informal teaching situations. 

DESIGN

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Visual Communication Design

  • The ability to solve communication problems, including the skills of problem identification, research and information gathering, analysis, generation of alternative solutions, prototyping and user testing, and evaluation of outcomes.
  • Student work evidences an 'above average' understanding and application of the elements and principles of design. The ability to create and develop visual form in response to applied design problems (including an understanding of principles of visual organization/ composition, information hierarchy, symbolic representation, typography, aesthetics, and the construction of meaningful images).
  • Student works evidence an understanding of tools and technology (including the appropriate role in the creation, (re-)reproduction, and distribution of visual messages). That the student evidences an 'above average' understanding, appropriate selection, and advanced use of appropriate tools. [Relevant tools and technologies include, but are not limited to, drawing, manual production, digital- aided design, photography, and time-based and interactive media (film, video, computer multimedia); painting, photography, typography, general design procedures].

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Interior Design

  • Students demonstrate the ability to identify and explore complex problems and generate creative, comprehensive solutions that support human behavior within the interior/ dimensional environment including: gathering, evaluating, and applying appropriate and necessary information and research; synthesizing information; and generating multiple concepts that demonstrate creative thinking and originality through presentation of a variety of ideas, approaches, and concepts.
  • Student work evidences an 'above average' understanding and application of the elements and principles of design. The ability to create and develop visual form in 2D and 3D in response to applied design problems (including an understanding of principles of visual organization/ composition, information hierarchy, symbolic representation, aesthetics, textures and materials and volumetric (3D) concerns.
  • Student works evidence an understanding of tools and technology (including the appropriate role in the creation, (re-)reproduction, and distribution of visual messages). That the student evidences an 'above average' understanding, appropriate selection, and advanced use of appropriate tools. [Relevant tools and technologies include, but are not limited to, drawing, manual production, digital-aided design, material selection and specification, and analysis of interior space usage from multiple perspectives; rendering and general design procedures].

MUSIC

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music

  • Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding and progress in musicality/interpretation, technique, rhythm/tempo, accuracy, memorization, diction (voice), articulation (instrumental), tone quality, and intonation through their performances in applied music juries, recital hearings, and recitals.

Bachelor of Music (BM)

  • Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding and progress in musicality/interpretation, technique, rhythm/tempo, accuracy, memorization, diction (voice), articulation (instrumental), tone quality, and intonation through their performances in applied music juries, recital hearings, and recitals.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the elements of music, including musicianship, analysis and synthesis.

Bachelor of Music Education (BME) - Choral or Instrumental (K-12 teacher certification)

 
  • Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding and progress in musicality/interpretation, technique, rhythm/tempo, accuracy, memorization, diction (voice), articulation (instrumental), tone quality, and intonation through their performances in applied music juries, recital hearings, and recitals.
  • Students will demonstrate competencies in professional education and in specific areas of musicianship to prepare for a career in teaching music (K-12). 

Master of Music (MM) in Music (Conducting)

  • Students will be able to demonstrate advanced understanding of the aspects of musicianship, conducting technique, rehearsal technique, and wind or choral literature.
  • Students will demonstrate an advanced understanding of the elements of music, including musicianship, analysis, and synthesis, including the ability to make artistic and professional judgments based on this understanding.
  • Students will demonstrate an advanced understanding of music history and literature and the synthesis of that information, including the ability to make artistic and professional judgments based on this understanding.

Master of Music (MM) in Music (Peformance)

  • Students will demonstrate an advanced understanding of music history and literature and the synthesis of that information, including the ability to make artistic and professional judgments based on this understanding.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate their advanced understanding and progress in musicality/interpretation, technique, rhythm/tempo, accuracy, memorization, diction (voice), articulation (instrumental), tone quality, and intonation through their performances in applied music juries, recital hearings, and recitals.
  • Students will demonstrate an advanced understanding of the elements of music, including musicianship, analysis, and synthesis, including the ability to make artistic and professional judgments based on this understanding.

Master of Music (MM) in Music (Music Education)

  • Students will develop and be able to demonstrate advanced competencies in music education including perspectives on contemporary issues and problems in music education.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to synthesize the elements of music theory beyond the undergraduate level.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to synthesize the elements of music history and literature beyond the undergraduate level.

Master of Arts (MA) in Arts Administration

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of historical development and strategic planning for non-profit arts organizations.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of fiscal sustainability and institutional development for non-profit arts organizations.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of and skills in production, distribution, and marketing of the arts.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of and skills in advocacy and community relations for the arts.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of research methodologies and skills to conceptualize, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate data.

Last Updated: 12/10/19