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Guidelines For Set-Up And Preparation Of HSC Visual Arts Itinerant Marking


These guidelines aim to clarify the arrangements that schools should make for the itinerant marking of their students’ Visual Arts Body of Work submissions. Schools are requested to arrange works such that the marking can be carried out expeditiously. However, in order to ensure equity for the marking of all students’ works (including those marked at the corporate marking centre), schools must not set up the works as `displays’, `exhibitions’, or `installations’.

The marking area and organisation of artworks

Schools are requested to make the following arrangements to facilitate the marking process:

  • Marking areas must be private and secure from interruption. Staff and students must not be present in the marking area. Common rooms or libraries (unless closed) are not suitable marking areas, as staff may require access.
  • Any room big enough for two teams of two markers each to operate in without overhearing each other would be suitable. Two small rooms would be adequate in most schools.
  • Good light is essential.
  • Works are to be unwrapped and ready for marking.
  • Works should be grouped in expressive form categories.
  • Some items for displaying works should be provided for each marking team. For example, one or more easels or boards, Velcro or clips, a table or floor space.
  • Every individual piece in a body of work submission should be labelled with a pink ID tag indicating the candidate's number, the expressive form, the title of the work and the number of pieces in the submission.
  • Instructions indicating how a picture or diagram is to be viewed are helpful. However, teachers and candidates need to be mindful of the limitations of the marking process and ensure that their requests can be accommodated in a reasonable amount of time and without complex set-up requirements. Teachers and candidates should ensure that it is possible for the markers to comply with these intentions in the space and with the materials provided for them.
  • Where there is a specific set-up required for multiple pieces, it would be helpful if the school has the work set up and ready for marking.

Setting up works

Setting up a work for marking is different from displaying a work for an exhibition.

Setting up a work for marking may involve:

  • arranging individual pieces of a body of work into an order or sequence ready for marking; for example, a series of drawings or paintings that should be viewed or organised in a specific way
  • arranging 2D and 3D works so that they are within the size limit of 1 cubic metre when displayed for marking (see note below)
  • placing pieces of a sculpture together as a floor piece or on a table to facilitate viewing, so that the work is ready for marking
  • turning on a computer, CD or DVD player or other digital hardware. Include simple instructions for operating the hardware (including a login) so that markers can easily access images, time-based forms, and audio files.

Works must not be 'displayed as for an exhibition'. They must not:

  • be hung, fixed or installed on walls or shelves. If a work has a number of small pieces, these should be fixed onto a single board so that the work can be easily transported and displayed for marking
  • have spot lighting
  • be displayed in a space that is outside the size limits for the body of work submission.

Important note:

Schools are reminded that all works must comply with the size, weight and time requirements as published in the Assessment and Reporting in Visual Arts Stage 6 document. In particular, the size requirements apply when the work is 'displayed for marking'.

Further information

Information regarding the Body of Work is in Assessment and Reporting in Visual Arts Stage 6, which is available on the Board of Studies website at http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/visual-arts.html.

Any specific questions regarding itinerant marking of Visual Arts Body of Work submissions should be directed to Debra Gilmore at debra.gilmore@bos.nsw.edu.au by phone on 9367 8161.

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