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Assessment Task 1

College of Arts, Victoria University

Teacher Name: Lisa Cianci - email: lisa.cianci@vu.edu.au
Course Coordinator & Education Manager: Alan Morgans - email: alan.morgans@vu.edu.au


Class Website - http://multimedia.tafe.vu.edu.au/lisa/2014/CCE


Subject: CCE - Context & Culture

Course: Diploma of Visual Art (CUV50111)

 

Assessment Task 1 - Portfolio of 2 writing pieces

Deadlines:

  • Piece 1: August 28
  • Piece 2: November 20

50% (15% + 35% ) of total mark for the subject.


Assessment Grades

HD: High Distinction 80-100, D: Distinction 70-79,  C: Credit 60-69, P: Pass 50-59, N1: Not Yet Competent 49-40%, N2: Not Yet Competent <40%

In order to achieve a HD for this brief you need to:

  • Meet all the requirements of the brief
  • Creatively explore ideas and outcomes
  • Have solid justification and reference for aesthetic choices
  • No typos or grammatical errors and consistent formatting in any written material
  • Show comprehensive documentation of planning and development
  • Demonstrate good reflective practice skills

Assessment Criteria / Learning Objectives

BSBCRT403A Explore the history and social impact of creativity

Element/Learning outcome

Performance Criteria

1. Investigate the history of creativity

1.1. Identify relevant sources of information on the history of creativity

1.2. Investigate and review different definitions of creativity and how these relate in an historical context

1.3. Assess the ways that individuals and collaborative groups have demonstrated creativity

1.4. Explore the relationship between creativity and different cultures and relate these to current contexts

2. Assess the impacts of creativity

2.3. Determine and evaluate the factors that affect the presence or extent of creativity in a given situation

3. Evaluate the potential for enhancing creativity in own life

3.2. Discuss and explore ideas with others

 

1. Project Description

Overview

People working across all creative sectors enrich their professional practice through their understanding of creative history and theory.

This project comprises the development of three pieces of writing in the form of review/critical analysis: a form of seeing and writing that examines content in detail in order to discover meaning.

Writing a review of creative content consists of a set of ‘ingredients’ that communicate both ideas and descriptions with a balance of objectivity and informed opinion. An art review should position the reviewed work within either a broader social context/history or within the practice of a particular media. It should also provide the readers with a framework for developing their own opinion. An objective and informed voice is an essential ingredient of the review.

This first assessment task will give you a chance to demonstrate your research and writing skills. It will involve selection, research and critical analysis in the form of 3 written pieces based upon aspects of creativity and art works that will be discussed during Cultural Studies this semester.

The two pieces will cover the following areas:

Piece 1: Indigenous Art - examine and review a selection of Indigenous art from the NGV Australia at Federation Square focusing on the nature of creativity, what it means to the artists and the indigenous people, and what it means to different viewers and theorists in the context of contemporary art.

Piece 2: You may choose from one of the following selected themes discussed in class: Remix Art, Collaborative Art, Artists as Agents of Change, Artists & Archives. This piece will involve the critical analysis of an artist or selection of artists that work within one of those themes exploring the nature of creativity in these areas and the implications of this in the contemporary art world today.

 

You will be assessed on your selection process, the research you have undertaken to investigate your chosen works/creators, your critical analysis of the information found in your research, and the way you present the knowledge you have gained as presentation and written content.

Your texts will comprise short essays/reviews of approximately 800 - 1000 words for piece 1 and 1800 - 2500 words for piece 2. You should include images in your document if they are properly referenced. You must reference your research sources, and create a bibliography at the end of your text. You will be shown the correct standards and procedures to use for citation, referencing and bibliography in class.

Accompany your reviews with at least three quotes that have been derived from your independent research of the content, and at least one selected support image per artwork that clearly communicates the work.

All forms of support material should represent and reinforce your written focus. Relevance and the capacity to inform and add value to your opinion or argument about the supporting research material should be a prerequisite in your selection of material.

 

 

2. Requirements

Technical Development

  • Use of diverse research sources - first-hand experience of pieces in galleries where possible, online content, any electronic or hard-copy publications you can find relating to the works, the artists & the genres being investigated;
  • Use of word processing software such as Microsoft Word or OpenOffice (free software) to develop your written pieces;
  • Inclusion of digital images in your document where necessary;
  • Transposing your work to your blog - including upload and insertion of images and/or other relevant media;

 

Content Development

Project guidelines & Working questions
The broad ingredients of a review consist of an informative overview and an informed opinion of the content. This information is derived from both primary and secondary forms of research.
A well-researched review contributes to a well-informed or qualified opinion.
Primary research is derived directly. This will be a result of you seeing the artwork first hand. Secondary research is derived from indirect sources such as art books or journals, catalogue text, on-line research, gallery websites, etc. This will be a product of your follow-up research.

One approach in describing an artwork can consider the discussion of Form, Content and Context of the work.

Form

  • What do you see?
  • What are the elements, components or materials that comprise the artwork?
  • How have the materials comprising the work been treated?
  • How has the space surrounding the work been treated?
  • What is the style of the work? Can you think of any other work that sits within this known style?
  • Compare this other work with the work you have selected to review. How are they similar? How are they different?

Content

  • What is the work about?
  • How do you think the artist[s] has treated the formal elements to influence the viewers’ experience of the work? for example: Has the treatment of materials impacted upon the meaning of the work?
  • Do you think the viewers’ experience of the work is directly linked to the content of the work?
  • Has the environment surrounding the work become part of the work? How has this been achieved?

Context

  • If the work is other than a 2-dimensional work, where is it? How does it interact with its installation?
  • Is the site an important part of the context and how does it interact with other works in its proximity?
  • If the work is 2-dimensional what is the social context of the work? Within what body of work does it exist and how does it fit within that work?
  • Does the work react to works created either before or at the same time? What are the specifics of this relationship?
  • How does the Time and Place (geospatial location) of the work's creation impact upon how that work might be understood?
  • How does this work fit into a continuum of the History of Creativity? The previous question about Time and Place may help you think about our understanding of artworks and how these understandings may change over time.

Informed Opinion:

  • Based on the above research, do you think the work you have chosen is a successful example of work within its context? What has lead to your opinion?
  • Though this opinion is subjective, consider qualifying your opinion with evidence to support your discussion and/or argument. 

 

Assessment Criteria

  • Clear written expression
  • Clear and concise discussion of form
  • Clear and concise discussion of content
  • Clear and concise discussion of context
  • Relevant support material
  • Varied and relevant independent research
  • Incorporation of research and references into body of discussion
  • Comparative analysis
  • Grounded and informed expression of opinion
  • Concisely expressed ideas and points
  • Correct use of reference, quotation and bibliography.
  • Grammatically correct text without typographical error (read your work aloud or have others read your work & use spell-check please).

 

3. Specifications

Piece 1: 800 - 1000 words. In-line images for works discussed.

Piece 2: 1800 - 2500 words. In-line images for works discussed.

Save your work as word processing document, published in PDF format to be uploaded to your blog when complete.

 

4. References

See CCE website and weekly classnotes for references relating to this assessment task.

 

5. Assessment Rubric

Task / Performance Criteria Advanced
HD(100-80%)
Very Good
D(70-79%)
Good)
C(60-69%
Competent
P(50-59%)
Not Yet Competent
N1/N2(<50%)

task: select appropriate content for the task

criteria
1.1. Identify relevant sources of information on the history of creativity


Documentation demonstrates the strong relevance and advanced critical understanding of the task criteria with a clearly defined direction and outcome of the research.
The subject area is well selected with a large body of reference material available to assist the research.

Content selected for the task is very appropriate and demonstrates a thorough examination of the task criteria.
The subject area is relevant with a large body of reference material available to assist research.

Content selected for the task is appropriate and demonstrates a functional understanding of the task. The subject may suffer from limitations in the availability of research material.

Content selected for the task is suitable and demonstrates a superficial understanding of the task criteria.
The subject has limitations in suitability for a research subject in the limited availability of relevant research sources.
Content selected for the task is not suitable, or content has not been selected for the task. The task has not been understood and the submitted work demonstrates a lack of reflective practice in developing a subject area for the project.

task: research your selected genre/creators/works using a variety of sources, documenting what you have researched.

criteria
1.2. Investigate and review different definitions of creativity and how these relate in an historical context

1.3. Assess the ways that individuals and collaborative groups have demonstrated creativity


Documentation is well presented and organised into several sub-sections that demonstrate the depth and progression of the idea behind the research.
Investigation is based on several sources from several media types. The idea behind the research and the expected outcome is clearly analysed and critiqued in the documentation.

Well presented and highly organised documentation demonstrates a great depth of investigation from a diverse and highly relevant range of sources. The ideas driving the research are clear and engaging. Documentation is relevant and appropriate but requires organisation into sub-sections that assist in the description of the idea behind the research. A greater range of sources would reveal more depth of information to fully assess the scope of the subject. A greater variety of media types and sources would give a better result.

Documentation describes the broad subject area and demonstrates your investigation of the subject area but lacks detail. Documentation lacks organisation which makes the research process and the outcome difficult to understand.


Research has not been undertaken or is shallow and lacking in a variety of information sources. Documentation has not been undertaken to an competent level.

task: write about your chosen topic in a way that demonstrates your research and critical analysis of the your selection

criteria
1.4. Explore the relationship between creativity and different cultures and relate these to current contexts

2.3. Determine and evaluate the factors that affect the presence or extent of creativity in a given situation


Written work shows an advanced level of literacy and critical analysis. Sentences and paragraphs are well constructed and clearly communicate the ideas in the writing. The writing demonstrates a high degree of critical reflection and analysis of both the subject, your interpretations and expression in an objective voice.
The contexts in which the works are created are well considered and expressed.

Written work shows a high level of literacy and critical analysis. Sentences and paragraphs are well constructed and demonstrate an understanding of the subject matter. The writing demonstrates a deep understanding of the context in which the work was created and how it relates to your own work in justified and well expressed terms.
The written work demonstrates a good level of literacy and description in discussing creative works and the context of their creation. The relevance of the work to personal practice is discussed with supported arguments that demonstrate the relevance of the research.
Language is used effectively to communicate ideas.
Written work shows a competent level of literacy and critical analysis in explaining creative works and the context of their creation. Sentences and paragraphs are well constructed to communicate ideas and make superficial connections between the research and personal work. Written work not completed or does not demonstrate competency in literacy or critical analysis in discussing creative works and the context of their creation.
Lack of reflection on the research work and personal arts/design practice means that connections have not been made and the outcome of the project is undermined.
Spelling and grammar including sentence and paragraph construction are not of an acceptable standard.

task: present your work on your blog using appropriate software in the required formats for text, image, media

criteria
3.2. Discuss and explore ideas with others


Presentation of work shows an advanced standard of preparation and organisation. Presentation of work shows a very high standard of preparation and organisation. Presentation of work shows a good standard of preparation and organisation. Presentation of work shows some competency in preparation and organisation. Presentation and Submission of work not done, or not done to a competent standard.

 

 

Assessment Overview:

CUVRES502A Analyse cultural history and theory

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Evidence of the ability to:

  • select an appropriate research focus
  • analyse cultural ideas and information and develop substantiated positions to support professional practice
  • participate in informed discussion of cultural history and theory.

 

Assessment Rules

This project is assessed by presentation and submission of a written piece in electronic & hard-copy format. If you do not submit adequate work by due dates you will not be able to achieve competency in this Unit.

For the policy which you will be assessed with please refer to the Assessment Policy section of your Creative Industries student handbook or the online copy of the Assessment Policy:
http://multimedia.tafe.vu.edu.au/studentva/Assessment.cfm