Grading Studio Art and Design


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“I am interested in what is interesting,” Ed Ruscha

How do you evaluate—grade?— art and design work?

Here are two articles for your reference.

Achievement and Quality: Higher Education in the Arts Grading Art

The criteria and issues that stand out for me are:

1. skill to describe/articulate and frame a design question or problem verbally, visually or via some other form

2. participation in the studio and contribution to the studio culture

3. ability to transform ideas and rough concepts; to develop, refine, and successfully express or communicate

4. curiosity and willingness to experiment/explore/discover and to distill knowledge from this process

5. mastery of materials and craft in completing project (to the level required)

6. synthesis and aesthetics – create forms and relationships – to put things together with a level of completeness and in an engaging manner appropriate to the project

7.  production of a body of work that demonstrates your design  process and  expresses what is interesting about the work by embedding meaning (your point of view, argument, interests, questions) in the work itself