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In summer 2016, Vermont College of Fine Arts welcomed Dr. Lois Hetland—educator, teacher, researcher, and author—for her workshop Exploring Assessment in the Visual Arts. Dr. Hetland explained that, “While work is an important clue, the product of arts education is not what students make, but who they become.”
Assessment of learning in the arts is often considered an afterthought, but assessment, done well, is fundamental to good teaching. Using a range of hands-on techniques, Dr. Hetland guided participants to envision different ways of designing and conducting formative and summative assessments. These assessments were designed to help teachers make sense of students’ artistic products and processes, and give insight into the artistic habits of mind they are developing.
VCFA’s Graduate Studies in Art & Design Education offers three-to-five different workshops per summer as part of the innovative curriculum comprising the low-residency Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Master of Arts (MA) in Art & Design Education degrees. The MAT, for aspiring educators, is an immersive two-year graduate program that synthesizes two summer residencies with home-based classroom observations and student teaching, leading to K-12 certification for licensure. The one-year low-residency MA is for already licensed educators looking to invigorate their practice and expand their leadership opportunities.
Both programs are unique, with students and faculty coming from all over the country, building a rich, diverse academic environment, community, and professional network. MAT and MA students and faculty work together intensely on campus during the summer residencies, stay connected through seminars and individual advising while in their home communities, and support and inspire each other after graduation.
Priority scholarship deadline for Summer 2017: Jan. 18, 2017.