Department Learning Goals


The learning goals for a student of Visual Arts at Bowdoin College are as follows:

  • Develop skills of direct observation of the world in order to examine the relationship between seeing and knowing

  • Embark upon a range of material explorations in order to gain technical proficiency and facility with multiple means of artistic production

  • Master the formal elements of visual design in order to articulate ideas and to develop an individual artistic language

  • Independently develop and be self critical of one’s creative production

  • Engage in critical discourse and extend it to one’s daily life

  • Identify the concerns and motivations informing one’s practice and articulate their significance within historical and contemporary context

  • Locate one’s work within the larger conversations defining the liberal arts