Here in bold is the list of assessment criteria provided by OCA. I have tried to embellish so as to improve my understanding of what the assessors will be looking for.
Demonstration of Technical and Visual skills:
Materials – use a range of materials in different and creative ways. Select the best medium for the subject in hand and the way I want to describe it.
Techniques – experiment with a wide range techniques. Find some I like, explore/develop further.
Observational skills – Show skills in observing fine detail to capturing the essence of a scene where appropriate for different briefs. Think out side the box on compositions as well as producing studies of more conventional lay outs.
Visual awareness – See with an artist eye. Recognise interesting compositions, unusual shadow or colour.
Design and Compositional skills – Show thought in layout, presentation of drawings on the page. Recognise/crate interesting compositions.
Quality of outcome:
Content – Produce a sufficient amount of quality work. Show work of a high and finished standard as well as preparatory efforts.
Application of knowledge – Coherently translate all research, preliminary work in the out come pieces.
Presentation of work in a coherent manner – Present work in a Clear and Logical format. Show progression in order.
Discernment – Show good judgement in all practice.
Conceptualisation of thoughts – Show thinking. Ability in forming ideas and developing them.
Communication of Ideas – Be able to get the concept across to the viewer/assessor. (In a way that demonstrates flair.)
Demonstration of Creativity:
Imagination – show imagination, record ideas, develop ideas, think outside the box, go above and beyond on a brief.
Experimentation – Show experimentation with ideas. Look at the subject in different ways using different medium and techniques. Don’t hold back.
Invention – Be inventive with the process.
Develop A Personal Voice – Develop a signature style. A way of producing art that is recognisable as my work. Find a particular angle to come from. Use this voice in the work.
Reflection – Show a thoughtful approach to working by documenting thoughts on own work in learning log.
Research – Show further reading around subjects. Evidence of visiting galleries, looking and reacting to the work of others. Record Looking for inspiration in and out side the art world. Record what interests me.
Critical Thinking – show analysis of the merits and faults of gallery visits, reading material and works of art.