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SVA grants the faculty expansive latitude in constructing distinctive courses for our students.  Concurrent to our encouragement of varied pedagogical approaches and curricula, however, is the belief that all students should graduate with a command of certain core competencies. Each program chair has worked with the Office of Academic Affairs to develop a set of learning outcomes germane to their particular discipline. Each year the chairs and faculty review these program level goals to ensure that they embody the current state of professional practice. 

BFA Advertising
  • Development of personal visual language within the context of traditional and contemporary language of design.
  • Ability to identify and solve visual and conceptual problems. 
  • Developed capacity for critical, strategic and conceptual thinking.
  • Ability to present and communicate effectively, in oral and written form.
  • Competency in core technical skills, including facility with range of relevant tools, media, technology and related practices.
  • Professional level understanding of industry practices, standards and expectations, and career strategies.
BFA Fine Arts
  • Developed capacity for critical thinking and visual literacy in the making of art.
  • Effective communication and presentation skills, in oral and written form.
  • Development of student’s own visual language and vocabulary.
  • Proficiency in core executional skills, including facility with range of relevant tools, media, technology and related practices.
  • Ability to apply foundational themes, styles, and historical contexts of art history to student’s own practice.
  • Professional level understanding of industry practices, standards and expectations, and career strategies.
BFA Animation
  • Developed capacity for critical and analytical thinking; creative problem solving; clear articulation of abstract visual and sensory concepts, and the ability to explain and defend views effectively and rationally.
  • Fluency in the mechanics of storytelling, character development and visual languages extended to fiction and narrative, as well as non-fiction and non-narrative forms of expression.
  • Competency in core technical skills, including proficiency in two-dimensional and three-dimensional drafting, principles of color and composition, and digital production methods.
  • Development of effective methods for successful collaborative work, and ability to communicate effectively with all involved personnel at each stage of production.
  • Knowledge of major movements, themes, and significant practitioners and works in the history of animation.
  • Ability to address culture and history from a variety of perspectives.
  • Professional level understanding of industry practices, standards and expectations, and career strategies.
BFA Cartooning
  • Development of personal creative voice and the ability to effectively translate this voice into graphic form.
  • Developed capacity for critical, analytical, and conceptual thinking.
  • Fluency in the mechanics of storytelling and visual narrative expression.
  • Proficiency in core technical skills including fluency in visual grammar and skilled application of variety of materials and media.
  • Ability to present and communicate effectively, in oral and written form.
  • Professional level understanding of industry practices, standards and expectations, and career strategies.
  • Ability to produce a professional quality online portfolio demonstrating original materials and a developed artistic voice.
BFA Computer Art
  • Developed capacity for critical, analytical and conceptual thinking.
  • Fluency in the mechanics of storytelling, character development and visual narrative expression.
  • Development of personal creative voice.
  • Knowledge and application of fundamental principles of image-making and design.
  • Working knowledge of video and film post-production issues.
  • Exploration and development of effective methods for successful collaborative work.
  • Professional level understanding of industry practices, standards and expectations, and career strategies.
BFA Design
  • Developed capacity for critical, strategic and conceptual thinking.
  • Ability to identify and solve visual and conceptual problems.
  • Ability to present and communicate effectively, in oral and written form.
  • Development of personal visual language within the context of traditional and contemporary language of design.
  • Proficiency in core executional skills, including facility with range of relevant tools, media, technology and related practices.
  • Experience in various creative roles, from art direction and copyrighting to typography and TV commercials.
  • Professional level understanding of industry practices, standards and expectations, and career strategies.
BFA Film and Video
  • Developed capacity for critical and analytical thinking, creative problem solving, and clear articulation of abstract visual and sensory concepts.
  • Ability to present and communicate effectively, in oral and written form.
  • Fluency in the mechanics of storytelling, character development and visual languages extended to fiction and narrative, as well as non-fiction and non-narrative forms of expression.
  • Conceptual and technical proficiency with range of roles contributing to a successful film.
  • Exploration and development of effective methods for successful collaborative work, and ability to communicate effectively with all involved personnel at each stage of production.
  • Knowledge of major movements, themes, and significant practitioners and works in the history of film.
  • Ability to address culture and history from a variety of perspectives.
  • Professional level understanding of industry practices, standards and expectations, and career strategies.
BFA Illustration
  • Developed capacity for critical, analytical, and conceptual thinking.
  • Development of personal creative voice and the ability to effectively translate this voice into graphic form.
  • Understanding of the mechanics of storytelling and visual narrative expression.
  • Proficiency in core technical skills including fluency in visual grammar and skilled application of variety of materials and media.
  • Ability to present and communicate effectively, in oral and written form.
  • Professional level understanding of industry practices, standards and expectations, and career strategies.
  • Ability to produce a professional quality online portfolio demonstrating original materials and a developed artistic voice.
BFA Interior Design
  • Developed capacity for critical thinking and spatial problem solving.
  • Development of spatial and material vocabulary.
  • Effective communication and presentation skills, in oral and written form.
  • Proficiency in core technical skills.
  • Professional level understanding of industry practices, standards and expectations, and career strategies.
BFA Visual and Critical Studies
  • Developed capacity for critical thinking and visual literacy in the making of art.
  • Ability to engage in critical reading and writing of philosophy, history and theory.
  • Understanding of multiple theoretical approaches, methodologies and movements in the history of art.
  • Ability to apply foundational themes, styles and historical contexts to student’s own field of study.
  • Fluency in fundamental principles and practices of academic writing.

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