BFA 3/4: Graduation Project Review Welcome to the Graduation Project Review page

The Graduation Project Review course provides the opportunity for the student to self study a specific area of their chosen curriculum. The course requires the student to academically research, analyse and report on a chosen subject area.

Graduation Project Review: Course Information

There are two components to the EDT Graduation Project.

  1. 1.The Graduation Project (6 Credits)
  2. 2.The Graduation Project Review (2 Credits)

A Graduation Project Review must be presented during a student's last year of residence. However, preparation will begin during Semester B of the preceding academic year. The student is required to develop and implement a production oriented project, which should be of a sufficient scope and quality to reflect its choice as a culminating work of the students’ time at the Academy, exemplifying an appropriate summation of knowledge and skills. The outcome of the Graduation Project Review should include documentation of the process as well as analysis and explanation of the project and demonstrate critical reflection.

The student can select from a range of options, a project that will form that basis of the Graduation Project Review. Whichever option is chosen, the student must identify a specific aspect, research area, or area of experimentation to be the purpose of the Graduation Project Review.

Types of projects
  1. 1. Production Project:     Report Submission-Oral Review
  2. A topic involving some type of experimentation or research that is a component of a formal production, that allows a student to theorise and/or to develop and implement new techniques relating to their field of study.

    The submission will be a Graduation Project Review, which will be submitted and defended at an oral review. Selection of an Academy production requires the student to identify a specific aspect/research area/area of experimentation that has a specific practical or creative outcome.

  3. 2. Student Initiated Practical Project:     Report Submission-Oral Review
  4. A topic involving some type of experimentation or research and is a self-initiated project, that allows a student to theorise and/or to develop and implement new techniques relating to their field of study.

    The submission will be a Graduation Project Review, which will be submitted and defended at an oral review. Selection of a student initiated practical project requires the student to identify a specific aspect/research area/area of experimentation that has a specific practical or creative outcome. For example the development of a new technique, process or tool. An example is: an automated animated puppet head.

  5. 3. Creative Project:     Report Submission-Oral Review
  6. A topic involving some type of experimentation or research that is a self-initiated project, and allows a student to create a project that requires them to apply skills and techniques relating to their field of study to produce a creative artefact.

    The submission will be a Graduation Project Review, which will be submitted and defended at an oral review. Selection of a creative project requires the production of a creative work exemplifying a suitable demonstration of the students’ creative range and depth of thinking and skills. Examples are: a fully realised costume, sculptural piece, constructed work, scenic painting, or sound installation.

Graduation Project Review: Course Timetable
  1. 1 BFA 2 year:
  2. 1. A Graduation Project Review briefing will be conducted for all BFA 2 students
  3. 2. The student is required to submit a Statement of Intent of their chosen project for the Graduation Project Review
  4. This is a short proposal, a "Statement of Intent", outlining:
  5. a) What type of Graduation Project is going to be selected.
  6. b) Which semester the Graduation Project is going to be completed in.
  7. c) If a production Project, which production is going to be selected and the selected topic involving some type of experimentation or research that is a component of the production that will form the basis of the Graduation Review.
  8. d) If a Student Initiated project, a simple description of the project and what topic involving some type of experimentation or research that is a component of the project that will form the basis of the Graduation Review.
  9. e) If possible a Project Supervisor.
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    Statement of Intent →

     

  11. 2 BFA 3 year:
  12. 1. A formal written Graduation Project Review proposal should be submitted to the Head of Department via the Mentor and approved by the Department at least four weeks prior to the commencement of the self-initiated Project/Production or opening of the Academy Production. Specific timeline documents will be supplied by the relevant individual specialisation.
  13. 2. The Oral presentation timetable would normally be:
Timeline
Action
6 weeks before opening/project presentation Draft proposal submitted to the Production/Project Supervisor
4 weeks before opening Final version of the proposal is submitted to the School Office for approval by the EDT Department
Performance week/presentation Project performance/presentation
Strike of the production/project Start working on the final version of the report
3 weeks after the strike Submit draft version of the Graduation Project report to your supervisor and to Languages for proof reading
4 weeks after the strike Report presented to the assessment panel for reading and grading
6 weeks after the strike Oral presentation

To assist the student in following the timetable there is a check list that can be downloded below. This checklist must be completed and submitted along with the Graduation Project proposal and the Graduation Project form.

Timetable Checklist →

 

Graduation Project Review: Project Proposal

The Graduation Project Proposal acts as the syllabus for the students Graduation Project. It specifically outlines the learning objectives of the project, how the project will be achieved and the timeline of the project. There are three forms that the student needs to complete.

These are:
  • The Graduation Project Proposal
  • The TEA School Graduation Project Proposal form
  • The Graduation Project Timeline checklist

It is important to meet with your supervisor whilst planning your project. The supervisor will be able to help you identify the key goal of the project as well as help you with the writing of the proposal.

The proposal must include specific information:
  • Title/Theme of the project
  • The student’s ideas regarding the project and the research/design topic summed up as a purpose and rationale for the project
  • The proposed methodology used to complete the project
  • The student’s project schedule and timeline
  • The meeting schedule with the Graduation Project Review supervisor
  • The student’s personal learning outcomes and project goals
  • Clarification of why this project is a suitable summation for Graduation

To help the student The Department has made a template as a word document. This file can be downloaded and then used as the starting point for the Graduation Project Proposal. The file includes a series of chapters and a structure that matches the list of required content.

Your project supervisor will help you to complete the TEA School Graduation Project Proposal form. This form identifies the assessment criteria to be applied for your specific Graduation Project.

To assist the student in following the timetable for your project, there is a check list that can be downloded below. This checklist includes dates for the key times for yur project. These must all be completed. And followed!

Proposal Template →

 

TEA Proposal form →

 

Timetable Checklist →

 

Graduation Project Review: The Project

The work undertaken to complete the project itself is covered by the Graduation Project credits. To aid writing the report, the student should consider completing a diary of the work undertaken during the graduation project, particularly in relation to the goal of the project specified in the Graduation Project Review proposal.

It is important to keep the focus on the goal of the Graduation Project Review. This will be the content of the final Graduation Project Report.

Graduation Project Review: Project Report

The project report should be started straight away after the presentation or final performance of the production. The student is advised to base the beginning of the report on the proposal. Most of the infomation included in the poposal can be adapted for inclusion in the final report.

Plagiarism:

It is assumed that any academic work a student submits is the result of his/her own thought and research, unless indicated otherwise. Therefore, copying unacknowledged quotations from published books or articles, or using another author’s ideas without acknowledgement, is just like copying a fellow student’s answer in an examination. This kind of behaviour constitutes an act of plagiarism, which means cheating, and is a serious academic offence.

Students who feel unsure about a question of plagiarism involving their work should consult their instructors on the matter before submitting the assignment.

Any student found guilty of cheating and/or plagiarism will be subject to disciplinary action that will range from; a minimum penalty of a failing grade in the assignment or examination concerned to a maximum penalty of expulsion from the Academy.

Report Template →

 

Graduation Project Review: Course Assessment

A student may not graduate and receive a degree from the School unless they have successfully completed and passed a Graduation Project Review with a C+ or 2.3 GPA. Graduation project work is reviewed by the Graduation Project Review Assessment Panel consisting of a minimum of 3 faculty members, at least one of whom is the student’s Staff Supervisor. The overall assessment methodology for the Graduation Project Review is outlined below. The TEA Form Graduation Project proposal requires the students and project supervisor to identify the assessment methodology for the Graduation Project itself. Check out the course page for instructions on this area of assessment.

  1. 1. Oral Review 40%
  2. Requires the Student to articulate their ideas and discuss issues related to the subject of the Graduation Project Review.

  3. 2. Graduation Project Review Report 60%
  4. Requires the student to write a report that:
    • Introduces the production/project
    • Provides background information on
    • Describes the method employed
    • Reports the results
    • raws conclusions and discussion from the results
    • Critically reflects on the project
    The Process of the Graduation Project Oral Defence
    • The Oral Review will last approximately one (1) hour
    • The presentation should last half an hour, leaving half an hour for questions and answers
    • The Graduation Project Assessment Panel will include: Graduation Project Review Supervisor - Department Instructors - Mentor - one or two members from other Schools or members from outside the Academy
    • English will be used during the Oral Review, except under exceptional circumstances approved by the Dean

    A copy of the assessment form can be downloaded below. This shows the assessment criteria that are being applied by the assessment panel.

    Assessment Form →

     

Graduation Project Review: Syllabus

Most of the information contained in the syllabus is contained in the different tab sections on this page. You can download the syllabus from the link below.

Syllabus →

 

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