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

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

Graduation Project: 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 must be completed 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 Graduation Project is a separate course to the Graduation Project Review. The Graduation Project provides the vehicle for the Graduation Project Review. The Graduation project is normally (though doesn't have to be) 6 Credits, and provides the "time" for the studnet to work on the project, whether it is a production or a Student Initiated Practical or Creative Project.

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.

Assessment of the Graduation project is identified in the TEA School Graduation Project Proposal form. This section must be completed in association with the project supervisor.

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: Course Timetable
  1. 1 BFA 2 year:
  2. The timetable of the Graduation project follows that timeline of the Graduation Project Review as both courses run concurrently. When working on an Academy production as aGraduation project the timetable for the production will follow the production schedule. When the project is a Student Initiated Practical or Creative Project, the timetable is set by the student.
  3. 1. A Graduation Project briefing will be conducted for all BFA 2 students
  4. 2. The student is required to submit a Statement of Intent of their chosen project for the Graduation Project Review
  5. This is a short proposal, a "Statement of Intent", outlining:
  6. a) What type of Graduation Project is going to be selected.
  7. b) Which semester the Graduation Project is going to be completed in.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. e) If possible a Project Supervisor.
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    Statement of Intent →

     

  12. 2 BFA 3 year:
  13. 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.
  14. 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: Project Proposal

The TEA School Graduation Project Proposal form 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 and completion of the TEA School Graduation Project Proposal form.

Proposal Template →

 

TEA Proposal form →

 

Timetable Checklist →

 

Graduation Project: 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 as well as the production as a whole. This will be the content of the final Graduation Project Report.

Graduation Project: 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: Course Assessment

The TEA Form Graduation Project proposal requires the students and project supervisor to identify the assessment methodology for the Graduation Project itself. The assessment methodology for the Graduation Project Review is outlined below.

Assessment Tasks

This column requires the Supervisor and Student to define the specific tasks that will be used for the assessmet of the Graduation Project. The tasks will vary depending upon the type of project undertaken by the student. An assessment task is the task that the student will undertake during the Graduation project. the task will be measured by the use of Assessment Criteria to determine how well the student has achieved the task.

A Production Project could be based upon the standard assessment methodology used when working on a production practice role.

A Student Initiated Practical or Creative Project would need assessment tasks that are more specific to the propoed project.

It is important to identify the intended outcomes of the project so that the assessment accurately reflects the ability of the student to achieve these outcomes. The Learning Outcomes must be clearly identified in Box 2 of the form.

Assessment Criteria

This column requires the Supervisor and Student to define the specific Assessment Criteria that will be used to assess the achievent of the student in completing the Assessment Tasks.

A simple example for a standard course would be an exam. The Assessment Task is the exam. The Assessment Criteria is how many questions the student answers correctly.

Assessment Weighting

This column requires the Supervisor and Student to define the specific weighting of each Assessment Task. that will be used to assess the achievent of the student in completing the Assessment Tasks.

Graduation Project: 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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