Six Comparative Study Questions from Students (with Answers)

I have received some questions about the Comparative Study from visual arts students. I can obviously answer them individually, but it might be more useful to others if I share the questions – and my answers – more publicly, in this blog… 1 What does function and purpose mean? Is it the purpose of the artist or the artwork? The focus of the Comparative Study is the ARTWORK. However, having said that, since the artist makes the artwork there will be overlaps, so ...

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE VISUAL ARTS ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Are you mad? Changing the criteria? The course has only just had its first examinations session and they are thinking of changing them already?     Like any good organization, the DP visual arts curriculum and assessment teams review, consider and where necessary adjust. And having scrutinized the files of many thousands of students in May, June and July, the decision was made to tweak the assessment criteria for the 2017 examination sessions. “Tweak” is the operative work here. There are of course no big ...

Comparative Study Starting Points

If you are taking the new visual arts course by now you will probably have heard about the three components and learned some of the details. One thing you’re going to do is write and submit a COMPARATIVE STUDY. It counts for 20% of the final mark so does not contribute massively to a final grade, but it’s still worth taking seriously – 20% is still 20%. The examiner will be looking for analysis of formal qualities, interpretation of function and purpose, ...