Assessment criteria – Quality

Look again at the assessment criteria and you’ll see that the descriptors for ‘Quality of outcome’ seem to cover a lot of ground. As mentioned previously, Expressing your Vision aims to explore the ideas behind the techniques, and ‘communication of ideas’ is one of the descriptors for this criterion.
What is a ‘good idea’? Probably a good idea shouldn’t be too obvious or derivative. Maybe, in the final analysis, you only need one good idea to sustain a whole career in photography (Project 3 is about one such idea). Whichever way you see it, the communication of ideas will become more and more central to your work as you progress through Levels 2 and 3 of the degree programme.
One of the ways to communicate discernment and the development of your ideas is through the contact sheet. A digital contact sheet is just thumbnails of a sequence of shots, of course, but the important thing is that it’s an unedited sequence. Including an unedited sequence will allow your tutor to see and comment upon your selection process, which is an important part of the creative process as Boris Groys explains:

At least since Duchamp, it has been the case that selecting an artwork is the same as creating an artwork. That, of course, does not mean that all art since then has become readymade art. It does mean, however, that the creative act has become the act of selection. (Groys, 2013, p.93)

The editing process is probably at least 50% of the work of being a photographer, and what you find interesting in an image will evolve over your working life, so make a practice of keeping rather than deleting your outtakes.
You should annotate your contact sheets. As a minimum, indicate your ‘selects’, together with relevant shooting data and brief observations. This will add significant value to a contact sheet.
‘Quality’ also covers the presentation of your digital and print submissions. For a guide to the submission of digital files please read ‘Preparing Digital Image Files’ on the student website: http://www.oca-student.com/sites/default/files/preparing_digital_image_files_for_ tutor_reports_and_assessment.pdf
The assignment for Part Three is a print assignment. This will give your tutor the opportunity to feedback to you on print quality in plenty of time before assessment.
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