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Revised General Education Program Guidelines
IV. The Arts

General Education Office
c/o Dr. Lisa Hunter
Associate Provost
Curriculum, Assessment, and Academic Support

809-810 Maytum Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063

(716) 673-3717

For approval of a course which pays significant attention to the development of student creative, artistic, and perceptual abilities, the instructor will provide a comprehensive description of the course, addressing its aims and requirements, including:

  1. evidence that students will be encouraged to develop expressive and creative abilities in music or the plastic, verbal, or visual arts and/or the ability to respond to those arts;
  2. evidence that, to this end, students will study the principles and components or values involved in the production and perception of works in a given medium, and, if possible, the changes in their conception and expression over time, or evidence that students will be encouraged to explore the role of intuition, experience, imagination, and intellect in the making and perception or understanding of a work of art;
  3. evidence that students will be introduced to new methods of research and creative activity brought about by electronic media and that students will learn the importance of applying critical thinking to the various sources obtained through electronic and other media;
  4. evidence that ordinarily at least five assignments will provide opportunities for students to judge, appreciate, and critique works of art, their own or others', as well as some indication of the manner in which comments, criticisms, and corrections of student presentations will be handled in the course. Methods of assessment may include tests, individual and group activities, classroom work, written and performance tests and critiques, portfolios, and teaching evaluations;
  5. a brief description of the methods to be used to assess student understanding of the course's subject matter and student attainment of the abilities and understandings listed above, as well as a method for providing for course improvement.


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