A key form of assessment is the portfolio, which builds into a comprehensive body of developmental and finished work during the course, produced in appropriate media, as outlined in the assignments that students are set across a range of modules.
Of equal importance is each student's journal, a highly personalised document of his or her creative process, observations, thoughts and responses to the assignment work, as well as independent self-initiated work. There is no set format regarding content; the journal is on-going and is produced as ideas evolve, with experimentation and exploration being key features of the journal. Assessment of the journal is on-going throughout the academic year.
Studio Critiques and Presentations
The presentation of art and/or design work for studio critique will form part of the assessment for the studio modules and is in many ways equivalent to a formal academic examination. Students are assessed on their ability to convey their intentions and ideas, to select appropriate communication techniques and strategies, and to reflect upon their performance, successes and weaknesses. Also students will be expected to participate in – and will be assessed on – critiques of the work of their peers.
Presentation of work online
All finished studio work is posted to the course blog – http://furtherfield.org/inspiwrit
. This work sits in the public domain and therefore is set out and contextualised carefully and professionally.
Written and illustrated study
Throughout the programme students are required to offer written commentary and critical appraisal of their own work and also the work of others in the 'History and Theory' strands of the course. Students are assessed on their ability to structure a logical and coherent argument, to undertake reflective critical appraisal of techniques and outputs, and to select appropriate references/precedents to support their ideas and observations. On-going support will be provided by course tutors to help develop the writing skills of students and all written work will receive detailed feedback highlighting strengths, weaknesses and strategies to improve future academic writing.
Public Exhibition Presentation
The public presentation of art and design work is an important aspect of creative professional life and students will be assessed on their ability to plan, organise and implement a range of public presentations to a professional standard, in particular the end of year exhibitions in the 2nd and 3rd years of the course.