My overall mark for Photography 1: Art of Photography (the first module I completed towards BA Hons Photography degree with the Open College of the Arts) were published last month, and I received 73/100.  If I do that at level 3 that would be First (the mark doesn’t actually contribute to the final result at this level – just means I have 40 points of the 120 I need at this level).

Today I received the breakdown of my marks, which gives me a better idea of where I need to improve, as well as what I’m doing well. It’s broken down in to four sections (marks given beside it, explanation of what it covers beneath each heading):

Demonstration of technical and visual skills – 30/40

Materials, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skills.

Quality of Outcome – 16/20

Content, application of knowledge, presentation of work in a coherent manner, discernment, conceptualisation of thoughts, communication of ideas.

Demonstration of Creativity – 17/20

Imagination, experimentation, invention, development of a personal voice.

Context – 10/20

Reflection, research, critical thinking (learning log)

Assessor comments

In addition to the breakdown of marks, the assessor also provides comments which can help in future development:

“A submission with highly original content and imaginative choice of subject matter through the course.  You demonstrate sophisticated technical skills and visual awareness and pay great attention tot he quality of light and the aesthetic merits of the individual image.  Your thematic approach to assignments denote focus and a methodical approach.  Your final assignment shows great progression; it is very well developed from inception to execution and presentation.  You successfully conceptualise ideas and comfortably operate on a marked connotative level – visual metaphors.  Your learning log is extensive and shows a remarkable amount of work.  However, the structure could be improved by avoiding multiplicity of posts that refer to the same course item.  You also need to expand the range of research and include considerably more samples of and reflections on other photographers’ work.  Having said that, it is a strong and accomplished submission.”

My summary

I’m delighted with the result – I honestly wasn’t sure what I’d get back; though I felt I had put in a lot of effort and expected to pass, I didn’t think I’d be in “first” territory so I’m very pleased.  I’m especially happy that creativity in my work has been my strongest area.  I’m not all that surprised that I’ve struggled with “Context” – and this is something I’m starting to address more as I continue on “Digital Photographic Practice”.  I do need to research more and improve my critical analysis of other photographer’s work.  I expect some work on my own self-critique is also needed; which isn’t news really, given my very first post for this module was titled “I’m not good at self-critique.”.

Onwards and upwards! 🙂