Group Critiques:
A group critique and discussion takes place after the studio session where work is set out and analyzed by all students. The instructor leads the critique using VTS and Socratic dialogue methods to ensure all students contribute their thoughts on what makes work successful, including:

• what techniques, materials, and design practices were used;
• how visual, informational, and technical problems were solved;
• how typographic and illustrative elements and color palettes were combined;

Using the contributions from the instructor and fellow students, as well as their own contributions and self-reflection, students will then complete an assessment of their work based on overall success using rating factors (will vary depending on assignment), what they learned, what they would like to learn more about, what they would like to try if given the opportunity to complete a similar project, what they can improve on and how in the future.

A critique is a discussion strategy used to analyze, describe, and interpret works of art. Critiques help viewers hone their persuasive, information-gathering, and justification skills. Most importantly, critiques facilitate a discussion that allows the interpretation of the work in terms of the assigned objective, the perception of the message, the inclusion of required elements and process, and the overall outcome. A critique allows for constructive criticism of the work, as well as providing suggestions that may allow improvements to meet all objectives in the assignment and concept.

Often critiques are done during the process of a long-term assignment, as well as after the assignment has been fully completed. This allows all viewers to see the full process of the work, as well as how effective suggestions were taken and used to create the final piece.

Project Self-Assessments:
Using the contributions from the instructor and fellow students, as well as their own contributions and self-reflection, students will then complete an assessment of their work based on overall success using rating factors (will vary depending on assignment), what they learned, what they would like to learn more about, what they would like to try if given the opportunity to complete a similar project, what they can improve on – and how – in the future.

Surveys:
On occasion, surveys will be conducted to get feedback from students. They will be used specifically for adjusting pacing, tailoring projects to interest, and ensuring teaching-and-learning methods are effective.

Social Networking:
Students will have the opportunity to strengthen the course community and showcase their work by becoming active in connecting with their peers and instructor outside of scheduled in-class hours by using media platforms like Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram. This will allow in the furthering of dialogue while highlighting in-progress work as well as finished projects.