Virtual Assessment, Contemporary Art – and Predicted Grades

It’s August, which means that most final year visual arts students – and their teachers – now know how they did in terms of DP grades. I hope all went well. All the following relates to the current/-‘old’ course (Final exams 2015). With our subject in particular I think it’s important to acknowledge that it may be impossible to avoid all discrepancies in assessments – e.g. variations between what you think the correct mark is and what the examiner thinks. There a ...

COMPARING OLD AND NEW: 14 DIFFERENCES (part 1: today’s blog – the top 7)

In my last post, I wrote about the similarities between the old/current visual arts course and the new one starting any day now. You can find the post here.   However, there are also significant differences, so here I will discuss some of these. I have listed my first seven here. Some are obvious but others may not be. I am lining up another set of differences between the current and the new course for a future blog post. Stay tuned!   DIFFERENCES BETWEEN OLD/CURRENT AND NEW ...

Its assessment, Jim – but not as we know it.

Let’s be clear: the upcoming changes to the visual arts assessment process have nothing to do with the way the work is assessed/the assessment criteria. In a sense it’s a peripheral change – there is still the interview, and the same number of photographs of studio work and copies of IWB are made, according level (HL or SL) and option (A or B). Examiners still take account of what is said in the interview, and they still judge work using the markband ...