Assessment 3: Media Arts Project

Marked out of 100 – 50 %

The major learning outcome of this capstone subject is the production of an exhibition-ready media arts work. You have the option to produce an individual work or a collaborative project. Your Media Arts Project can be an extension of your previous MEDA301 work if this is deemed appropriate and viable. Final works will be exhibited as part of the Schools’ Graduate Exhibition in November 2016. The class will be responsible for curating and installing the projects guided by academic staff.

Your project development will be supported by historical, conceptual, and technical research, and documented at each stage with critical reflective commentaries. You will present your proposals to the whole class in week 5. Throughout project development, experimentation and testing, students will come together to discuss their work-in-progress at the end of each class. The results of the experiments, feedback and comments should be reflected upon with further research. The weekly process journal and the 500-word critical reflection summary support the development and execution of the project.

Your final work will be exhibited with a 100 – 200 word project statement (appropriately formatted and displayed). You will also give a 5-minute oral presentation at the assessment. This assessment will be discussed in details in class.

Due Date:
Exam week 2 – date TBA

Major work presented appropriately for public exhibition, a project statement (150 – 200 words) appropriately formatted and displayed with the final work, and a 5 min oral presentation

Assessment Criteria:

  • Conceptual sophistication: how ideas are developed and engaged in the work
  • Technical execution: functionality and suitability of the technical medium/ media chosen to deliver the final work
  • Engagement of chosen medium/ media: depth of exploration in directing how media and materials are used in the final work
  • Developmental process: quality of research and development that brings the project to fruition
  • Suitability of the mode of exhibition in presenting the final work

Submission Method:
Exhibition, project statement, and 5 min oral presentation

Must Attempt: Yes

Assessment 2: Critical Reflection Portfolio

Marked out of 100 – 25 %

The ability to critically reflect on your own creative or making process is vital to your development as a practitioner (in whatever field you choose to work in). An important part of any practice is not only to know how to make, but to know why decisions are made and based on what criteria.

The objective of this assignment is to help you develop the skills to meaningfully reflect and critically articulate the contextual, conceptual and aesthetic underpinnings of your creative practice. This may include research, documentation of trials, decision-making processes, and material experimentations. This means connect your thinking and doing, your research and your experiments in through the iterative process of making.

Throughout the session, you will be posting regularly to your personal blog on the progress of your learning throughout MEDA302 with a minimum of one post per week (250 – 500 words with embedded media documentation or illustrations). This blog will function in part as a weekly process journal that documents your research, thinking, and development of your Media Art Project.

The objective of this assignment is to help you develop the skills to meaningfully reflect and critically articulate the contextual, conceptual and aesthetic underpinnings of your creative practice. This may include responses to reading (annotations). research, documentation of trials, decision-making processes, and material experimentations.

In addition to responses to weekly lecture and workshop contents, minimum entries will be structured as follows:

  • Week 1 MEDA301 Media Arts Project analysis. Bring the Noise – establish a research bibliography and plan a series of experimental beginnings.
  • Week 2  – 12
    • 1 ) Demonstrate/Document experimental and research progress – every two weeks we should see video documentation of experiments, photographic documentation of process, theoretical/conceptual enquiry, critical/contextual engagement.
    • 2) Be generous – each week write about someone else’s project/process – do some research for them (beyond google – use the person one below you on the directory – if you last use the first etc.) Move one person down the list each week.
  • Week 13 Work-in-progress review presentation.
  • Exam week 2 (submission date) 500 word summary and critical reflection on media art project

The 500-word reflective summary is to be presented at the same time as the Media Arts project in exam week 2. Students need to ensure that the web link is functional and all entries are up-to-date on the due date.

Due Date:
Exam week 2 TBC

Regularly updated blog entries with relevant embedded media content

Assessment Criteria:

  • Depth, breadth, quality and application of research materials incorporated throughout
  • Depth and quality of critical analyses of work processes, experiments, and work-in-progress
  • Cogency and clarity of writing to the reader
  • Critical reflection of own work: sensitivity to work processes, materials and responses that contribute to the completion of the final work

Submission Method:
All online content must be uploaded and completed by the due date. Links to individual student blogs must be accessible and provided on the subject blog.

Must Attempt: Yes
This means that if you do not submit a work, a Technical Fail will be automatically generated for your grade in this subject.

Assessment 1: Professional Profile Site

Marked out of 100 – 25%

MEDA302 is a capstone subject for the Media Arts study stream and one of our central focus is the transition between university studies and the world of professional practice. For the first assignment of the subject, you are asked to create an online professional profile/ website that includes the following:

  • a photograph of yourself (500px by 500px minimum)
  • a professional profile statement (250 words) that describes your practice. For example, what medium/ media do you work with? What are the ideas, concepts, and techniques you explore in your practice? What are the broader contexts or fields you work within?
  • selected works (minimum 4, up to 6) showcased in a logical and consistent formatting (e.g. title of work, duration, format, and client etc.) with embedded image and media content.
  • a biographical statement (100 – 150 words) or abridged CV that summarises your tertiary education background, skills, works, and key achievements etc.

You are free to use a website builder that suits your purpose (e.g. Weebly, Word Press), but make sure whatever you choose gives you adequate access and control over what you need to do. Please also be aware that many of these website builders are popular and there may give you the same appearance or style as everyone else who is also using it – ask yourself whether you want your site to look just like everyone else’s. If you have already an existing professional website, it may be possible to modify or add on information that will fulfil the requirement of this assignment, please have a chat with your tutor to see how this may be possible.

The idea here is to give you a head start on presenting yourself and your works in a professional context. We will workshop the content of your professional profile in the first 3 weeks of session. Please also keep in mind that this information will be used for the Graduate Exhibition catalogue.

Due Date:
Week 6

Online profile including written and embedded media content as specified

Assessment Criteria:
Relevance of professional details included in the profile
How relevant and significant are the details provided in the profile? How well does the information contribute to understanding your practice and professional profile?

Articulation of information throughout the profile and clarity in its presentation
How well does the information provided help to connect your history, background, and current work? How well does the articulation of this information present a full and coherent profile?

Balanced and effective use of text and supporting media materials
How ‘readable’ is the textual information? Does the presentation make good use of supporting media and other elements to engage the reader in the content?

Thoroughness and consistency in presentation
How clear and structured are the writing? How complete and coherent is the information provided? How well does the presentation take care of the reader?

Submission Method:
Online: a working link to your blog entry must be provided on the relevant post on by the due date.

Must Attempt: Yes
This means that if you do not submit a work, a Technical Fail will be automatically generated for your grade in this subject.