The results for the Autumn Assessment came out a little over a week ago now (on the 15th December) and I was pleased (and not a little surprised) to get 75%, a notch down from Digital Image and Culture. The marks are no longer broken down into sections, but the feedback was comprehensive and obviously personalised:
‘You showed astute and perceptive research, writing and contextualisation throughout; perhaps best evidenced in assignment 4. We thought that although you worked hard on the research and analysis, you seemed at times to lack confidence in your conclusions, where you could be more decisive.
You also underestimate your own voice: in your folder 5, you mention style and distinctiveness. Your voice is also what you have to say, via your work. Ask yourself; is it worth saying? Does it have a wider resonance to others Do the projects get this idea/concept across to the viewer? Does the presentation method enhance, or obscure, what you are trying to say? We think that you satisfy each of these questions in your assignments (and many exercises). Your presentation often augments stills with sound and spatial arrangements. These combine to elevate each project above a regular series of images. Not only are these methods effective, but they are considered, discussed and validated in your accompanying text.’
I find the bit about ‘lacking confidence in my conclusions’ interesting. For most of the module, I think I was wrestling with not really enjoying what I was doing as much as I had thought I would. Gradually I had come to see that I was not really interested in making good, single images anymore but could not find a way to bend the genre (or the module) into something that would allow me to move beyond the point I had reached by the end of Digital Image and Culture. When it came to wrapping the module for Assessment. I realised I liked a lot of the work that I had made, but was not quite sure how it answered the questions asked by Landscape, Place and Environment. I found it quite hard to bring everything together in terms that fitted the specific learning outcomes for the course. Anyway, I must have come closer than I thought.
Now it’s time to move on. I have three and bit years to complete the degree following the new study pathway and the three new courses that replace Body of Work/Contextual Studies and Sustaining Your Practice. I’ll need to focus hard and keep going, resisting my tendency to wander off to look at interesting, but not strictly speaking relevant areas of investigation. This was also noted in the feed-forward part of the Summative Assessment:
Looking towards level 3, we suggest that you carefully consider the scope and scale of projects: managing these from the outset. Keep updating an ‘artist’s statement’ of what the project conveys and how you intend to achieve that. This will help you keep on track, without adding elements that could spread your efforts too broadly, rather than concentrate on the objective(s).’
I’ll do my best! You can see how I get on, over here: https://chirgwin3.com/