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Assessment Results

Well the assessment results are in and truthfully I am well pleased with my marks.  Results came in on July 25th, 2016 and the results letter confirmed – Formal Assessment – Passed. Huge sigh of relief! I now have 80 credits to my name – only 280 credits more to go!!

The Summative Assessment Feedback was broken down and graded according to the Visual Arts Assessment Criteria. The assessors comments are below. My comments, where applicable are in italics.

Demonstration of technical and visual skills (materials, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skills)

Development of excellent visual and technical skills. Highly effective design and composition.

Quality of Outcome (content, application of knowledge, presentation of work in a coherent manner with discernment)

Highly effective work presented in a professional way, showing strong judgement.

Demonstration of Creativity (imagination, experimentation, invention, development of a personal voice)

Excellent development of analytical and creativity thinking, showing independent judgements and presenting a developing personal creative voice.

Context (reflection, research, learning logs)

Awareness of an excellent breadth of contexts and debates supporting your growing personal and/or professional knowledge and understanding.

My marks were up from last year’s assessment in all these areas, so I’m very happy.

Overall Comments and Feed Forward

This is strong, gutsy and honest work that is very nicely presented. There is evidence of both effective communication of ideas through visual images and diverse creative experimentation.

Your self-portraiture in Assignment 2 and your cultural references to being a foreigner in Assignment 3 are emotive and powerfully communicative of layers of meaning without being sentimental. The use of titles in that assignment is particularly pointed and strong.

Assignment 5 did seem a little frivolous considering your intention to make a visual statement against hunting, so do be sure to understand signifiers like toy guns, animal masks and special make-up clearly, as they may be interpreted as comic.

You’ve given a strong Barthesian analysis of the Capa photograph picking up on the incongruity and duality of signs in a lucid and well researched essay. And your other research is just as clear.

Your personal voice is emerging and should emerge clearly with continued study.

I’m very happy with the feedback on Assignments 2, 3 and 4 and a little disappointed with that of Assignment 5. I do see, though, that I may have missed explaining the signifiers properly, so will carry that forward to the next module and try and ensure I cover this succinctly. Overall, I am pleased with my progress.

Well this is my last posting for Context and Narrative. I have signed up for Identity and Place. To everyone who has followed this blog, I thank you sincerely for your interest and support and invite you to follow my photographic journey in my new blog https://lyndakuitphotographyiap.wordpress.com/ .

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Note to the Assessors

Dear Assessors,

Thank you for taking the time to evaluate my work.

My learning log is online and can be located at: https://lyndakuitphotographycn.wordpress.com/ . The blog is in descending date order (standard blog format), however, I have arranged the assignments so that they can be viewed in consecutive order. Each assignment’s post begins with the assignment, followed by the tutor feedback and my reflections and ends with any revision/rework that I have done as a result of the tutor feedback.

To access each assignment, tutor feedback and any revisions done, please click on the assignment number you wish to view on the menu at the top and you will be able to scroll in consecutive order.

My research is accessible by going to the submenus under Research and Reflection on the menu at the top of the blog as illustrated below. Research relevant to each assignment is mentioned in my assignment write up and is hyperlinked to the relevant posts as well.

Included in this package are:

  • the contact sheets of prints for each assignment as well as the final reworks or revisions. Contact sheets are clearly labeled on the back of each sheet.
  • a selection of eight (8) prints from assignments 1. Ten (10) prints for assignment 2; ten (10) prints for assignment 3 and three (3) prints for assignment 5 (total of 31). Prints are clearly labeled on the back of each print.
  • A critical essay for assignment 4.
  • all five (5) tutor reports. Electronic copies of the tutor reports have also been uploaded to my assigned Google Drive and are located under Tutor Reports, clearly named in the following format [Lynda_Kuit_512863_Assignment_No_CN.pdf].
  • one (1) supplementary physical learning logs which I have mainly used for inspirational images and gallery visits.

Please note for assessment purposes that I have only uploaded the tutor reports to the Google Drive. Everything else is located on my blog.

Thank you.

Lynda Kuit

Final Reflections on Context and Narrative

As the time draws near for assessment, I will briefly reflect on my studies while doing Context and Narrative this past year. The course was not what I had expected. It far exceeded my expectations! I have probably learnt more in this course than in any other photography course I have taken. The course has led me down paths that I probably would not have ventured or even attempted if left to my own devices. My special thanks to my tutor, Gina Lundy, who has been so supportive and encouraging. Gina, thank you for pushing me beyond my comfort zones and encouraging me to take risks!  My fellow students on the Facebook Level 1 group have been fantastic and very supportive. I have summoned up the courage this year to ask for constructive feedback, before submitting assignments and this has paid off in spades. It really is good to have such a group with which to interact.  I am still enjoying the freedom that distance learning affords me, although it does require quite a lot of self-discipline. Below are a few points that have stood out for me over this past year. My in-depth reflections can be read under each assignment’s individual tab.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Demonstration of technical and visual skills (materials, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skills)

I found myself slowing down and analyzing scenarios more this year. Due to the nature of the assignments a lot of thought had to go into framing and composition – not always easy when you are doing self-portraits. I found myself paying particular attention to the overall tones and colour palates of my assignments as well. I think I have begun to think more in a ‘series-related’ fashion as opposed to each individual image and this has resulted in more cohesive sets of projects.

Quality of Outcome (content, application of knowledge, presentation of work in a coherent manner, discernment, conceptualisation of thoughts, communication of ideas)

The most challenging and difficult assignment for me was Assignment 2, as I was making images right after my surgery and a few weeks beyond that. However, in retrospect, it might have been one of the assignments in which I learnt the most. Due to the very personal nature, it also left me feeling rather vulnerable. It is quite one thing to talk about your feelings, but really another to translate  them into images. My third assignment had me reflecting on my identity as an immigrant – again very personal issues were raised. I am definitely more comfortable expressing myself in my blog and have rather enjoyed writing about various photographers and exhibitions.

Demonstration of Creativity (imagination, experimentation, invention, development of a personal voice)

My creativity has definitely come a long way since the previous module, The Art of Photography. I have experimented in all but two of the assignments (Assignment 1 and Assignment 4 excluded). I feel that the experimentation has reaped dividends and I now have a base measurement to improve from in the following module. The assignment that I had the most fun with was my anti-hunting narrative in Assignment 5. It was good to be stretched in this creative fashion. I have also found during this module that the more personal and crazy the ideas I had, the better the outcomes – something to carry forward to the next module.

Context (reflection, research, critical thinking)

I think my research methodology has improved quite a bit since doing TAOP. I have become more focused in researching photographers that are relevant to whatever particular assignment I am busy with and this has helped me to become more structured in my thinking. When looking at images I am now able to look with more of a critical eye at the work, exploring the what’s, why’s and how’s of the photograph. Semiotics has been a tricky concept to grasp at times. Learning how to use and decipher it will, of course, come with practice and more in-depth reading.

Finally I’d like to thank my family members for their support and willingness to be used as models and accompanying me to exhibitions. My thanks also to my work colleagues who follow my photographic journey and provide valuable feedback and commentary.

Context and Narrative has come to an end, but another new and exciting journey awaits me: Identity and Place.