Updated: Jan 23, 2019
Last week I received feedback for the Introduction to Graphic Arts Module and I thought it would be beneficial for me to write down (and show) what it was was said. So as to have a guide to ready me for the next module, and thus making sure that I do in fact take on board what's been said and act on it the most positive way. So below, is an outlining of the key points of the last modules feedback, then following that a highlighting of the next modules aims and things that need to be improved upon.
Marks of performance:
Starting with the mark I received, it's clear I demonstrated a high level of technical skill and an explorative, ambitiously creative mindset but what is notably lacking is my range of knowledge and understanding of key concepts (i) and also the depth and of research I demonstrated (ii). All this and more is made clearer below, in the written feedback notes.
The written feedback though filling me with some confidence and encouragement, also pointed out some important areas that need work if I am to improve on my grade next time. Below, i've listed (along with a couple pointers from my chat with Steve regarding my feedback) all the areas that need improvement:
• Allowing myself to take more risks with the techniques and processes I experiment with, to increase the originality of my work.
• I need to look more broadly and in more depth at traditional and contemporary practice and then show evidence of this more clearly in my written work.
• Take an analytical approach (explaining why and how work is successful) to my research so that you build a confident knowledge and understanding of your own work, this will also help to push your exploration of ideas further.
• Be more specific in both my development of ideas and also of my own practice.
• Find a real strength then research it.
"...It's like saying I live in the world, I live in England, or that I live in Bristol..."
This is something Steve said during the feedback session that I didn't write down but really stuck with me. Simply reiterating the fact that it's important to be specific as [seen in this example] it builds clarity and understanding for the audience.
Response to feedback (and plan moving forward):
Initially, all this seemed challenging and difficult to comprehend (though I guess that's the point), but after reading through it again and subsequently writing this post; it all seems much clearer. So below is a list of things [I have done already] and plan to do in response to the feedback I have received:
• Improve on or create a blog that I think is more suitable for analysing practical and academic content. This is something I was aware of late on in the first module. So I turned to WIX and created this website [below] which includes a 'blog' page. This allows for much more freedom to write, annotate and explain what I'm thinking and doing.
• Make the most of the Workshops available to me this semester. This is something I did last term, but what I really want to do this time around is to use the skills I've learnt and explore them further by going back to use the facilities made available to me, again.
• Find an area of interest, or a particular strength and research it. This means to explore a certain area of my practice and to also discover key elements within my own research. For the next semester, I've decided to focus my interest on the practice of Typography and with the forthcoming workshops paired with my own ability and previous work, I'm excited to really dig deep into the subject.
• Don't be scared to make mistakes throughout my exploration of different processes. This ones important as thus far I've been working in an extremely calculated manor.
• A point I made on my old blog was to also give more time at the end to the final presentation of the project. To I suppose, properly complete it.
• Do my bibliography as I go along too.
• Also, it'll be more important to focus on making my evaluation more detailed. Hopefully this will happen in time as my projects become more stronger.
• Keep enjoying it. Last time I had a huge amount of fun (throughout both modules), now it's time to keep doing that but also dig much, much deeper.