Critique is a vital and challenging part of the educational experience in a college of art and design. Participating in this practice requires students to be open and vulnerable while they present their work for discussion and questioning, and to trust the transformative powers of the process in service of the work. Through the frequent repetition of this act of openness, students and faculty share and strengthen their humanity, empathy and kinship and their work evolves.
The next five years will be a period of significant change for School of Visual Arts, some of which is already underway. It is fitting then, as we begin this new stage of development, that we engage in our own critique on an institutional scale.
We began the process of preparing this plan by soliciting feedback from a broad cross-section of the SVA community, seeking and receiving, with the openness that thoughtful critique demands. Ultimately, the goals were threefold:
- To accurately represent who we are as an institution
- To appraise those characteristics so essential to our identity that we are committed to sustaining them in some form, regardless of changes of leadership and control or shifts in the creative professions and higher education, while also identifying those areas we seek to improve upon
- To determine the means by which to achieve these interlocking goals of preservation and progress