Reflection on constellation and Formative assessment feedback for term 1

In term of writing and assessing there is a large difference in expectations from a foundation course to a Bachelor of Arts with Honors course, trying to understand our expectations can be a little overwhelming at times especially in the first term. I did struggle with constellation through the first term but after receiving my feedback I’m confident that I’m on track to understanding what is expected. We had to be very independent in our classes, I struggled to understand and make sense of concepts which we were given but this improved my ability to think and develop my opinion into a new area which I’d never come across before. Understanding the concepts relating to philosophy is still problematic for me, so is trying to express my theories and understanding of them. This has helped me analyse what I need to do to improve my work for our summative assessment in May which is, to give myself more time to analyse concepts and attend writing workshops to help express my understanding clearer.

As I am a Maker, for my projects I usually focus on materials and form more than the concept behind my work because I feel I learn more interacting with tangible objects rather than studying in a library, my constellation sessions have persuaded me to look into the historical and philosophical aspects of art and design which has allowed me to discover and extend my passions for making after considering the historical aspects behind methods and how they’ve changed over the years.

It has made me analyse artists and designers in depth, and make understanding of concepts which I found hard to accept. This has helped me make artist work memorable by understanding the concepts behind them and then trying to relate them to my work, it has persuaded me to try find a theme in my work so see where I stand, I thought my work was aiming towards more of a design aspect but I think it could be emerging towards a craft aspect as I like to focus mainly on the skill of making.

My specific action plan I will undertake as a result of my formative feedback is to attend writing workshops so I can express my understanding of work better and also help my grammar, I need to improve my time management and consider contingency plans in case I don’t understand something clearly or my subject matter doesn’t appeal to me. Better communication with my tutor will also help which will be vital for my next constellation group, I think it’ll be challenging especially as this assessment with be marked and count towards my grade.

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