EDT Student Procedures

BFA 1 Review.

At the end of year one of the BFA Programme, the BFA 1 Review requires each student to present a formal review with a student presenting their work to date that will confirm a student’s enrolment status at the Academy. The BFA 1 Review provides the EDT Department with the opportunity to evaluate how the student is coping with each course and if there are any problems. For the student, it provides the opportunity to reflect on all that they have achieved in the first year of study since entering the BFA programme. It is an opportunity to think about what you have done and also what you would like to do and which study stream you might be interested in selecting.

Rationale.

The BFA 1 review is a requirement of the EDT BFA programme. A faculty panel composed of faculty form the Department and a representative from another Department will carry out the BFA 1 review. This panel makes a detailed assessment of the student's record and work in relation to the objectives of the program, the student's goals, and the student’s progress toward the completion of the degree.

It serves two purposes one for the Department and one for the student.

For the Department, it is important to know that each student is progressing at a satisfactorily academic level. It provides the Department with the opportunity to evaluate how the student is coping with each course and if there are any problems. If any issues of concern are highlighted, then it provides the chance to investigate the problem and find a solution before it causes a more serious problem that could result in the student not graduating.

For the student, it provides the opportunity to reflect on all that they have achieved in the past four semesters since entering the BFA programme. It is an opportunity to think about what you have done and also what you would like to do and where you want to go in the future.

Procedure

A time and location for the BFA 1 review will be set by the Head of Department. The Mid-residence review panel will meet briefly before the student presentation to hear an account of the student, from the Dept. Head and the student’s mentor without the student present. (Normally 5 minutes)

The student will present a presentation lasting about 30 minutes. (See requirements below) There will then be a question and answer section of about 10 to 15 minutes. The student will be asked to leave the room, while the panel discuss the presentation and make any recommendations and/or conditions, if required. (Normally 10 minutes). The student will be called back into the room and told of the result of the Mid-residence Review and any recommendations and/or conditions, if required

Student Presentation Requirements

The student’s presentation must be concise, clear, and presented in a professional manner. It is highly recommended that English be the main language of presentation during the Mid-residence review.

The presentation should include a review of the courses that the student has taken in the first three semesters of the BFA residency. Major courses, support courses and electives.

  • Examples of the students work for a range of courses. (Renderings, drawings, plans, recordings written reports etc.)
  • Examples of production work.
  • Examples of extra-curricular work
  • An evaluation of what is good, enjoyable and what has been achieved in the time of study.
  • An evaluation of what is bad, not enjoyable and anything that should have been achieved and has not.
  • An evaluation of any problems.
  • An assessment of what the student intends to be achieve in the coming three semesters.
  • A review of potential career directions and objectives.
  • A proposal of the chosen study stream selection

BFA 1 Review Outcomes

The result of the BFA 1 review will be announced to te student at the end of the meeting. The student will be informed whether they can progress with their studies, or if there are any necessary recommendations or conditions for their prgress.

  • The student can progress with no conditions or recommendations.
  • The student can progress with one or more recommendations.
  • The student can progress with one or more conditions.
  • The student can progress with one or more conditions and one or more recommendations.
  • The student cannot progress and will be asked to leave the programme at the end of the Academic year.
 
A recommendation is a piece of advice, but is not mandatory.

E.g. the students written English is rather weak, and the panel think that it might be a problem when the student has to write the Graduation project proposal and final report. Therefore the panel suggest that the student takes extra classes in English to provide the extra skill in written English.

A condition is mandatory.

It is something that the student must achieve to be able to continue their studies at the APA. There will normally be a timeline and a deadline by which the student has to achieve the required condition.

E.g. the students written English is very weak, and the panel think that there will be a problem when the student has to write the Graduation project proposal and final report. Therefore the panel require that the student take extra classes in English to provide the extra skill in written English. The class must be completed by a certain time and a specific grade must be achieved. A condition will normally also include a School Academic Probation letter, that will outline the requirements for the student to continue their studies.

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