The YUCA Arts curriculum is intended for teenagers, 15 - 19 years of age who have a basic knowledge of computers. It is assumed that students will have access to the internet (at the local public library if necessary), and a printer to print out downloaded images. It is also assumed that students have no knowledge of screen printing. The sessions will be taught in collaboration with the Graphic Design, Digital Print and Production components, and will be generally divided into three phases over the course of three month program.
EXPOSING THE ARTS
YUCA has spent a considerable amount of time developing a comprehensive 10-week YUCA Arts Certificate Program curriculum. It is based on the belief that all people have the capacity to change and reach their full potential as human beings if presented with the necessary opportunities and resources. YUCA's certificate program: 1) Prepares students for a professional career as graphic designers by enabling them to develop the technical, creative/visual, and communications skills for entry-level professional work; 2) Understand the relationship between visual arts, community and broader culture; 3) Recognize and put a premium on critical thinking and problem solving; and 4) Acquire business acumen and confidence to pursue entrepreneurial pursuits.
Student's learning is assessed by a basic graphic design skills assessment test given to each YUCA student on the first day of class. The basic premise behind the assessment involves obtaining a pre-test measure of the outcome of student's interest and graphic design capacity prior to undergoing the 10-week certificate training, followed by a post-test on the same measure after the training has been completed. Throughout the 10-weeks students continue to be assessed via verbal presentations and their art portfolios.