The extent to which art students learn how to give feedback is entirely dependent on the quality of their instructor. I was very fortunate to have been mentored by some fantastic teachers who simply didn’t allow their students to give unsupported criticism or praise.
In all my years of critiques, I can’t recall anyone ever breaking down into tears or throwing a hissy fit because their genius wasn’t shared by everyone in the room. It was never personal, only developmental. Sounds to good to be true, but we didn’t have Twitter to hide behind twenty years ago.
Nielsen’s definitions for the “ten recommended heuristics for usable interface design” include a lot of basic design sense. And a healthy dollop of subjectivity. If you find them useful, use them.
The Falcon? Twenty years later, I’m a much tougher critic.