Monday, May 05, 2008

Project Self Assessments

Honest self-assessment is an important ingredient in maintaining a sustainable artmaking practice. To that end, the final act of this course is to engage you in performing a frank self-assessment of the work that you produced in this course.

The bottom line:
Submit your self-assessments as a single reply to this post or as a single e-mail to me at The deadline for submission of your self-assessment is Tuesday, May 6, 10 p.m. Please read the following instructions carefully so that your self-assessment can be integrated into your final grade.

How your self-assessments will be used in final grading:
Your self-assessments will be reviewed at the same time your Compilation Project DVD is reviewed. Please consider approaching your self-assessment with an open attitude of evaluating how the project revealed the strength, weaknesses, and characteristics of your artmaking process. For any given project, a score of 100 is possible. If the project is included on your Compilation Project DVD, the project automatically starts with a score of 10. If you turned your project in on time on the screening date, the project gets another 10 points for punctuality. The remaining 80 possible points per project are divided up into the areas of concept, technique, and execution, as originally noted in the syllabus. Your self-assessment influences this segment of the score. If your self-assessment is compelling enough, it may be used to represent the project's grade altogether.

Instructions for the project self assessments:

For each project, provide your own biased assessment that addresses the following:
1. The title of the work. Make sure this corresponds with the work on your Compilation Project DVD
2. Your score for the project's choice in subject matter or concept
3. Your score for the project's demonstration of your technique/craft.
4. Your score for the project's overall ability to execute/integrate your ideas and artmaking practice into a cohesive video art piece.
5. Your overall score for the project. This score does not necessarily have any direct mathematical relationship with the component scores of #2, #3, and #4.
Remember, each of these items requires more than simply a number notation. You should plan on writing a few sentences in support of each score that you give.

Scoring format:
All scores are to be based on a 0-100 scale, 100 being perfection and 0 being perfect inadequacy. For each score, you must describe, in complete sentences, what made you arrive at this score. Hint: Think narrative! Assess how you challenged yourself, what goals you made, what you learned, what you achieved, and what you did not achieve based on the choices you made as the author of the work.

The projects (in case you have forgotten):
Project 1: In-Camera Self-Portrait
Project 2: Cinematography
Project 3: Editing
Project 4: Portrayal (Narrative and Intention)
Project 5: Anti-Portrayal (Appropriation/Critique)
Project 6: Final Project
Project 7: Bonus Assignment (If applicable)