Graduate Student Learning Outcomes

The core mission of California College of the Arts is to educate students to shape culture through the practice and critical study of the arts. CCA provides students with an education through the arts committed to creative practices that incorporate conceptual thinking and contextual understanding.

The learning outcomes identified below are the vital components of a graduate CCA arts education and are representative of our values and culture as an arts institution. We ask ourselves, what do we expect all CCA students to learn? Where/how do we teach it and how do we assess student attainment of these learning outcomes?

  • Visual Communication: the ability to represent one’s ideas visually
  • Visual Literacy: the ability to analyze, interpret, and explain images
  • Understanding of Ethics: the capacity to recognize, formulate, question, and apply ethical principles and problems
  • Interdisciplinarity: the ability to draw from multiple fields of study or to define new fields, expanding and bridging disciplines, transgressing boundaries
  • Collaboration: a facility with team-building, exchanging of ideas, and active participation in a common enterprise
  • Understanding of Cultural Diversity: recognizing and responding to cultural differences
  • Professional Development: exposure to career models and issues in professional ethics and conduct
  • Methods of Critical Analysis: proficiency in manners of engaged, rigorous, and careful evaluation, interpretation, and explication
  • Research Skills: capability in information gathering, documentation, investigation, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation
  • Written Communication: the ability to express ideas in writing
  • Verbal Communication: the ability to articulate one’s ideas verbally
  • Leadership:initiating or originating (independent judgment, individuated or innovative contributions to a discourse or practice); uniting others around a shared goal or practice; incorporating perspectives of others as well as one’s own in an initiative
  • Program-Specific Techniques, Concepts and Knowledge: techniques (procedures, technologies, tools and craft) and concepts and knowledge (ideas, problems, vocabulary; history and theory of the discipline; information) specific to each area of study as outlined in the program-specific learning outcomes