2016 Spring Graphic Design Student SLO Assessment Survey

2016 Spring Graphic Design Student SLO Assessment Survey








Graphic Design Spring 2016 Student SLO Report
Spring 2016 - Graphic Design

May 2nd 2016, 1:39 pm CDT

Q3 - What did you like about this program?
The amount of time given to work on projects and the amount of feedback that was given to us students by the
teacher when asked.
Fantastically engaged and knowledgeable instructors who wanted to impart their wisdom.
The creativity of projects.
The classes allowed me to learn more on the field. They really taught me different design elements such as
balance, color, and more. I was allowed creative freedom on my projects with a few restrictions on copyright.
But, what I liked the most about this program was the teachers. They knew what they were talking about and
looked like they wanted to help students on their projects by giving them advice. Their teachings only improved
my design experience and interaction with my peers.
All the instructors, classmates and the environment here in the program. When comparing these instructors
with the gen ed instructors, the GD instructors are way more engaging and caring for the students. Other
students in the program also help encourage each other.
I liked that I could create whatever I wanted.
I really liked working on all of the real-life projects that we needed a good amount of creativity and technical
skills for. The skills I learned were all very useful for the projects we worked on and for future jobs (I assume).
The teachers we all very helpful and pretty understanding! The technology used in the program was very nice
and up-to-date, and it was nice that we had free printing in the Creative Lab.
The graphic design program was awesome. I had a blast learning all the different things the course had to offer.
The professors were good, good variety in teaching styles and course flow.
I liked working on most projects for my classes.
I liked the people and atmosphere
Most of the teaching was good and fair
Everything
It helped me find my creative side
I liked that there wasn't any tests. I also enjoyed being able to express my self creatively.

Q4 - What would you change about this program?
Nothing I can think of that needs to be changed.
I would find a better color printer so we can actually print things.
Put it in students heads to start thinking about their brand ID/branding themselves and make them use
bechance sooner (like Xxxxx dose).
It may not be even possible, but I wish there was an option to skip some general education classes in the
Graphic Design program. It may be just me, but I feel some general ed classes are just there for little reason. Of
course they are needed in a majority of programs, but the Graphic Design program should just have classes
relating to the field. General ed classes just feel out of place since they do not relate to the field all that much.
Get a bigger desk for the 2 MAC with the cintiq. The desk is way too small to draw on it comfortably. I
recommend an L-shape desk.
Guidelines that were strict so you ended up focusing more on the requirements, rather than the work. For
example, I had an awesome project, but because I didn't do the brainstorm like drawings I got a 0. It's like that
for a couple of classes.
There's not much that I would change about the program, but if I could have one suggestion, it would be to
have the instructors teach us more on how certain agencies and graphic design businesses/companies are set
up and how the employees and designers work within each type of setting (how they run the business). This
would help in the future when we're trying to find jobs and understanding what different positions would be
like (and what it would be like at different businesses/companies).
More classes geared towards Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, I feel one class isn't enough each. Maybe
another class that blends the two together.
Working utilities such as printers and cutters
During critiques, more input from instructors would be better since all students arent on the same "level"
Get another xerox printer
Probably make more of the projects more portfolio based.

Q6 - As a result of this program:
Q6_1 - I have learned effective communication skills.
Answer

%

Count

Strongly Disagree

0.00%

Disagree

0.00%

Neither Agree nor Disagree

7.14%

1

Agree

50.00%

7

Strongly Agree

42.86%

6

100%

14

Total

Q7 - Provide any comments you have on effective communication skills you
learned.
Professor Xxxxx leads a lesson to prepare for both presentation of the portfolio and job interviews. I believe
I've learned a bit more than expected about how to answer some difficult interview questions.
I learned to open more to my peers and speak more clear so they understand what I'm saying.
I'm aa timid shy kid back in high school, but here i feel at home with the instructors and students allowing me
build up my confidence and self-esteem. Even though i'm still a bit anti-social to the outside world, it'd helped a
lot.
Speech class was awesome
I have certainly gained some communication skills, I feel that I am not where I would like to be though
being able to express my opinions in critiques.

Q8 - As a result of this program:
Q8_1 - I am able to apply mathematical concepts.
Answer

%

Strongly Disagree

0.00%

Disagree

Count

0.00%

Neither Agree nor Disagree

14.29%

2

Agree

64.29%

9

Strongly Agree

21.43%

3

100%

14

Total

Q9 - Provide any comments you have on mathematical concepts you
learned.
I came to this institution with sufficient mathematical knowledge...
I feel that the mathematical lessons can apply to measuring things like folders to get the right cuts.
1+1=2 ?
I hate math. I failed Geometry 3 times in high school but the college mathematics teacher was such a xxxxxxx
teacher, and I cannot stress that enough.
I did use some math with some of my graphic design projects, but I think it would be nice for instructors to
touch a little more on mathematical abilities we'd need for projects and future jobs.
I would have to say mathematically the only aspect i used was measurements

Q10 - As a result of this program: - I learned how to transfer social and natural
science theories into practical applications.
Answer

%

Count

Strongly Disagree

7.69%

1

Disagree

7.69%

1

Neither Agree nor Disagree

46.15%

6

Agree

23.08%

3

Strongly Agree

15.38%

2

100%

13

Total

Q11 - Provide any comments you have on transferring social and natural
science theories into practical applications.
We consider advertising's effects on society, so there's definitely a pinch of social sciences included, but there's
not a whole ton of natural sciences involved in this program.
The theories I learned can allow me to understand on how employees interact in the workplace.
was science even in any of the gen eds?
uhh racecar.

Q12 - As a result of this program:
Q12_1 - I learned critical thinking skills.
Answer

%

Count

Strongly Disagree

7.14%

1

Disagree

0.00%

Neither Agree nor Disagree

7.14%

1

Agree

57.14%

8

Strongly Agree

28.57%

4

100%

14

Total

Q13 - Provide any comments you have on critical thinking skills you learned.
I believe the core function of this program is methodology, not critical thinking.
The critical thinking skills I learned can help me in my time management skills.
You're liberals.
Being able to make changes on my projects to protect it.

Q14 - As a result of this program:
Q14_1 - I have learned to use technology effectively.
Answer

%

Count

Strongly Disagree

0.00%

Disagree

0.00%

Neither Agree nor Disagree

8.33%

1

Agree

16.67%

2

Strongly Agree

75.00%

9

100%

12

Total

Q15 - Provide any comments you have on what you learned about using
technology effectively.
The graphic design program does a fantastic job teaching software skills. I wish there were even more in depth
technically oriented software teaching classes.
Learning how to use technology effectively helped me since I can now use it to organize my files better.
The teachers provided navigation through program tools that were helpful.

Q16 - As a result of this program: - I have learned to value myself and work
ethically with others in a diverse population.
Answer

%

Count

Strongly Disagree

8.33%

1

Disagree

0.00%

Neither Agree nor Disagree

0.00%

Agree

50.00%

6

Strongly Agree

41.67%

5

100%

12

Total

Q17 - Provide any comments you have on what you learned about valuing
yourself and working ethically with others in a diverse population.
I learned a lot about copyright regulations in this program.
My peers gave me feedback on my projects and how to improve them, which lead to high quality projects.
Working with many different students helped me tolerate people more than ever.
I don't care what people think.

Q18 - As a result of this program: - I am able to make decisions that
incorporate the importance of sustainability.
Answer

%

Strongly Disagree

0.00%

Disagree

Count

0.00%

Neither Agree nor Disagree

23.08%

3

Agree

53.85%

7

Strongly Agree

23.08%

3

100%

13

Total

Q19 - Provide any comments you have on what you learned about
incorporating the importance of sustainability in decisions you make.
After I have learned about sustainability in my decisions, I can make choices that help get closer to making the
deadlines.
Well I play Fallout so I value decision making.
It would be nice to learn how to be more sustainable in this program (it's not a huge part of this career field,
but it could be touched on a bit in class I guess!)

Q21 - As a result of this program, I learned to: - apply the principles of design
to develop strategic marketing and communication products and services.
Answer

%

Count

Strongly Disagree

0.00%

Disagree

0.00%

Neither Agree nor Disagree

7.14%

1

Agree

50.00%

7

Strongly Agree

42.86%

6

100%

14

Total

Q22 - Provide any comments you have about learning this program
outcome.
We do several branding projects that focus on making effective marketing materials for a target market.
The classes provided helped me learn how to effectively market products for any company I might work for in
the future.
It's the critiques that help improve projects
Building my portfolio.

Q23 - As a result of this program, I learned to: - demonstrate proficiency in the
use of design software, tools and technology.
Answer

%

Strongly Disagree

0.00%

Disagree

0.00%

Neither Agree nor Disagree

Count

0.00%

Agree

35.71%

5

Strongly Agree

64.29%

9

100%

14

Total

Q24 - Provide any comments you have about learning this program
outcome.
That's what this program is all about, and it seems to do it with great success.
With the knowledge I have gained, I can now get better used to the software I use in future projects.
The final classes were a bit frustrating. Just one of the classes though.
I think we should be taught more about press operating

Q25 - As a result of this program, I learned to: - implement creative solutions
from concept through completion using a formal process.
Answer

%

Count

Strongly Disagree

0.00%

Disagree

0.00%

Neither Agree nor Disagree

8.33%

1

Agree

50.00%

6

Strongly Agree

41.67%

5

100%

12

Total

Q26 - Provide any comments you have about learning this program
outcome.
The program teaches a formal process for concept to completion of projects.
I can now properly draft my ideas out and evolve them over time for a final result.
Yeah this is annoying.

Q27 - As a result of this program, I learned to: - apply effective legal and
ethical business practices and project management skills.
Answer

%

Strongly Disagree

0.00%

Disagree

Count

0.00%

Neither Agree nor Disagree

15.38%

2

Agree

46.15%

6

Strongly Agree

38.46%

5

100%

13

Total

Q28 - Provide any comments you have about learning this program
outcome.
After learning what practices can benefit businesses the most, I can now use that knowledge when convincing
companies on different marketing tactics and treatment of its employees.
k.

Q29 - As a result of this program, I learned to:
Q29_1 - communicate artwork rationale in formal and informal settings.
Answer

%

Count

Strongly Disagree

0.00%

Disagree

0.00%

Neither Agree nor Disagree

7.14%

1

Agree

50.00%

7

Strongly Agree

42.86%

6

100%

14

Total

Q30 - Provide any comments you have about learning this program
outcome.
I can now better communicate my ideas with potential clients and take their advice on how to improve my
concepts.
r u done

Q31 - As a result of this program, I learned to:
Q31_1 - collaborate with clients/industry.
Answer

%

Strongly Disagree

0.00%

Disagree

Count

0.00%

Neither Agree nor Disagree

28.57%

4

Agree

42.86%

6

Strongly Agree

28.57%

4

100%

14

Total

Q32 - Provide any comments you have about learning this program
outcome.
I felt nervous talking to clients before taking this program, but I now know that I should say things that relate to
the field, which can ease the burden of what to say to clients.
oh
There's not too many classes or projects that we get to collaborate directly with clients (besides the teacher), so
it might be nice for teachers to allow us to do that a little more (if possible).
just a little bit

Q33 - CONCLUSION Please use this space to share any other feedback,
comments, or suggestions about your experience at Western Technical
College.
My experience here at Western Technical College wasn't at all what I expected. The teachers I have had made
my experience horrible. There were only 3 out of the many teachers I had here that I truly thought knew what
was best for the students and actually wanted us to succeed, the others didn't care and just sat back and didn't
know what they were doing.
Please fix the color printer or find some other solution to the issue of printing being regularly impossible.
Whether it be finding a new company to provide IT services or a new printer that has software that is
compatible with the school's system, I'm sure there are potential options for you if you are willing to put your
proverbial foot down. It's extremely stressful not knowing from day to day whether it will or won't work.
Maybe have somewhere that helps students see different teachers' teaching styles, so try can try and be placed
with the teachers that they would fit best with, without having to fight to get through a class with someone
that teaching style doesn't really work for them. All of the teachers I had where nice and willing to try and help,
but some where easier to get the lessons from because their style of teaching fit with my leaning style.
The instructors I had were willing to help me improve upon my work and my social skills. After I leave, I can
take what I learned and apply my skills to the Graphic Design field.
Get an L-shaped desk. Get a new wacom cintiq and sell the old to students.
The courses themselves were great, instructors were great. Overall I was pleased. I am rather upset with the
constant construction though. Through my entire time here at Western TC I didn't have a day that there wasn't
construction. Now this wasn't always an issue but when it was an issue, it was a major issue. I've had many
classes stopped, lectures had to be put on hold. Classes that couldn't continue due to toxic fumes. Constant
banging noises all last year. All these things were major issues to me and I don't feel that paying full price for
tuition is reasonable. I wasn't given the full education I was promised for what I payed. I get that these things
need to happen for future classes but it was obnoxious to the point of frustration. There should be some money
given back to select classes I feel. My name is Samuel XXXX, I plan to write another email concerning this issue.
Please contact me regarding this. xxx-xxx-xxxx, xxxx@gmail.com Thank you.
It was a great experience for me in the Graphic Design program and I had fun learning.
7/10
More sports
Overall I'm happy with the choice i made choosing this program.