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This website is meant to inform members of the American Academy of Art community about A-Con. It also acts as a tool to assist those participating in A-Con in finding resources and information about the event.

What is A-Con?

A-Con is a two-day event attended by all faculty members as well as students, alumni, and employers. The goal of A-Con is to provide the campus community the opportunity to discuss and evaluate student learning at our institution.

The Academy’s annual A-Con event was established by The Committee for Academic and Professional Excellence (C.A.P.E.), which was formed as part of the Academy's participation in the Higher Learning Commission’s Assessment Academy. C.A.P.E. has evolved along with A-Con and now has the expanded responsibility of overseeing the Academy's program review and assessment of student learning activities.

Contact Information

Have a question or problem? Contact Kristin Mount or Duncan Webb.


Thursday, April 11th
8:20am-8:45am Welcome, Introduction, and Instructions

Enjoy coffee and refreshments while we explain the process and materials we’ll be using to evaluate student learning.

8:45am–12:30pm Senior Portfolio Presentations

Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates will present their senior portfolios to show what they’ve learned during their time at the Academy. Each ten-minute presentation will be followed by a short Q&A opportunity.

BFA Candidates:

Michael Carmona 3D Modeling and Animation
Alexis Artis Digital Illustration
Chris Duran Illustration
Megan DePaula Life Drawing
Diego Bartolo Graphic Design
Rhealin Wlos Oil Painting
Annalise Malin Watercolor Painting
Tommy Gozdecki Photography

12:30pm–1:15pm Lunch with a Presenter

Please join one of our student presenters for lunch. This is a great time to share some of your thoughts and words of wisdom with a soon to be BFA graduate. Also, be sure to thank them for participating in today’s event. Boxed lunches will be available in the gallery.

1:30pm–3:00pm Roundtable Discussions

Small groups of faculty, students, alumni, and special guests will meet in assigned locations to continue our discussion about student learning. Each group will be asked to explore a series of questions and issues that impact students today. These discussions will provide opportunities for the faculty to further improve student learning.

3:00pm–3:30pm Reception

We’d like to take a moment to share some refreshments and thank everyone for participating in this important event. Each group will post some of the important points that came out of their discussion while we mingle and reflect on the day.

For All Current Students

A-Con 2019 is scheduled for Thursday, April 11th, 2019.

There are no regularly scheduled classes on Thursday April 11th. However, studios, computer labs and the library will be open for students to use. This event is only open to students who have signed up. If you missed the opportunity to participate this year, we look forward to seeing you at A-Con 2020.

If you have signed up as a student observer, click on the "Student Observers & Student Evaluators" tab for more information.

For Student Presenters

Congratulations! You have been nominated to present your portfolio at A-Con Assessment Day Thursday April 11th. 

A-Con is a community event with the goals of celebrating the success of graduating seniors, providing feedback on the Academy's curriculum. All of the faculty will be in attendance.

What should I expect?

The presentation format is the same as required for your portfolio class. In fact, participation in A-Con fulfills the presentation requirement for class. So, be prepared to present your portfolio. Typically, students present their work for 10 minutes and 10 minutes of questions will follow.

What do I need to bring?

We would like a PDF of your final print portfolio by Tuesday, April 9th at noon so we can print copies for review. Send your PDF Portfolio to Duncan Webb via email ( Also, plan to install your PDF portfolio on the gallery computer on Wednesday, April 10th. 

What time do I have to be there?

Presentations begin at 8:45 am but plan to be there at 8:00 am to double check your presentation. Presentations will end at 12:30 pm. 

Will there be food?

Yes! We will begin with coffee and rolls and lunch is also included. We invite you to join the faculty roundtable discussions.