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/ .