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Learning Outcomes

Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) are the measurable skills, abilities, knowledge, and values that every Otis graduate will be able to do or demonstrate after completing an Otis education. Student learning outcomes assessment is the most direct way to gauge student success at a college and success in specific curricular programs. 

Undergraduate Institutional Learning Outcomes

Creativity & Innovation:  Otis graduates will be able to approach their work in imaginative ways characterized by a high degree of experimentation, risk-taking, and divergent thinking, and be able to produce work that challenges convention.

Skill & Technique:  Otis graduates will be able to produce works of art or design that demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of their particular area of study and indicate their capacity to succeed as creative professionals.

Visual Literacy and Fluency:  Otis graduates will be able to analyze, interpret, contextualize, evaluate, and create visual materials in both physical and digital formats with well-articulated formal and conceptual choices.

Collaboration:  Otis graduates will be able to constructively share ideas, work effectively in teams, and collectively create with others.

Social Responsibility:  Otis graduates will be able to demonstrate an awareness of the social and environmental impacts of art and design, produce creative, sustainable, and ethical solutions in their work, and bring positive change to their communities.

Critical Thinking:  Otis graduates will be able to identify issues clearly, synthesize and contextualize relevant sources, and make connections across experiences and disciplinary perspectives to create well-reasoned and imaginative approaches to issues, problems, and challenges.

Written & Oral Communication (2 outcomes) Otis graduates will be able to express ideas in a coherent, logical, and compelling way, both orally and in writing.

Information Literacy:  Otis graduates will be able to assemble, evaluate, and ethically use information from diverse sources to accomplish a specific purpose.

Quantitative Reasoning:  Otis graduates will be able to analyze, interpret, and communicate quantitative information in a variety of formats, and solve relevant quantitative problems using appropriate methods.


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Undergraduate Program Learning Outcomes

Each major, minor, and program has Program Learning Outcomes that grow from the ILOs.

Artists, Communities, and Teaching (ACT)


Communication Arts

Creative Action

Digital Media

Fashion Design

Fine Arts


Interdisciplinary Minors

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Product Design

Toy Design

Graduate Program Learning Outcomes

MFA Fine Arts [PDF]

MFA Graphic Design [PDF]

MFA Public Practice [PDF]

MFA Writing [PDF]

Other Departments


Student Affairs [PDF]

Additional Information

ILO/PLO Matrix [PDF]

Resources for Faculty