Objectifying the Subjective : Assessment and Feedback in Creative Arts Studio Learning and Teaching

Willems, Christiaan (2009) Objectifying the Subjective : Assessment and Feedback in Creative Arts Studio Learning and Teaching. In The 3rd National Forum on Studio Teaching, December 2009, Hobart, Tasmania.


This paper examines the Assessment and Feedback aspects of Studio Teaching as Creative Arts pedagogy. Prompted by USQ’s newly offered Bachelor of Creative Arts (BCA), the author has developed an Assessment Matrix specifically designed to satisfy a number of imperatives, including:

• ‘objectifying’ the subjective aspects of creative practice as assessable coursework/research • providing the means by which accurate, detailed, personalised and confidential feedback may be provided to students individually • providing consistent, accurate, meaningful assessment records for student, lecturer, and institution • ensuring consistency, continuity, and transparency of assessment processes and records to satisfy quality audits • minimising marking and assessment time, whilst maximising assessment integrity and depth • requiring only basic level skills and knowledge of a computer application already in common use (Microsoft Excel) • adaptability to a range of creative courses ‐ across disciplines

This Assessment Matrix has been in development (and trialled) since January 2009.

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ID Code: 66673
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Assessment, Feedback, Objectivity, Studio Practice, Creative practice, assessable
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Creative Arts Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Dr Christiaan Willems
Deposited On: 28 Jan 2014 02:22
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2014 04:27

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