Assessment Information

Student Assessment Criteria for Assessments and Final Examination

  1. Assessment procedure and attendance

Course Assessment

Assessment Procedure

Final Examination

In-course Assessment Criteria

  1. Marking systems

Marking systems

Numeric and conversion marking scales

  1. Student course projects – an overview
  2. Assessment and Final Examination guidelines

1. Assessment procedure and attendance

Course Assessment

Throughout your course, you will be presenting projects for Assessment at regular intervals to the Examining Board.  The Assessments are held twice a year at approximately six-monthly intervals i.e. March/April and November/December.

Assessments are held at the Barber Surgeon’s Hall, Barbican, London EC2Y 5BL

It is the responsibility of each student to be aware of the next Assessment date and final submission dates. If submissions are not received by the required submission date, then they will be held over and presented at the following Assessment.

Each student must attend at least one Assessment per annum. If more than two Assessments are consecutively not attended, then a Course Absence Form (AIS) must be completed in advance and sent to the Director of Education.

Assessment Procedure

All projects are to be presented in TWO formats –

  1. All projects are to be presented accumulatively within an online InDesign portfolio format. Your InDesign portfolio link must be emailed by the prescribed hand-in date, being approximately two weeks before the actual Assessment date in London. Clearly indicate the ‘key’ artwork for each project and place this at the beginning of each project submission.  Accompanied by an email listing those projects being submitted. Submission dates may be found on the course calendar.
  2. All project artworks must also be presented at an Assessment in London, in order for all online InDesign portfolio grades which are ‘conditional’, to be approved.

Your projects are to be clearly listed at the beginning of your InDesign portfolio within a content section. Link each content project to its relevant page or section, in turn include a home button option to take the viewer back to the content homepage. For each project include a clear concise project description, project category, medium and size i.e. poster size; and who is the audience for i.e. parents, teenagers, professionals for example. Supply any extra concise information you feel will help explain your project to the Examiners. Where different projects may have been combined within one project e.g. 3D project shown within an interactive element of your InDesign Portfolio for example. Please ensure each project is also be presented individually within its category for clarity.

Grammar and spelling – please ensure you have checked all your project text through a spell and grammar checker. Ensure all anatomical text and labelling has been checked by our anatomists well in advance of the hand-in date. There are a number of free apps, such as ‘Grammarly’ which you may find helpful.

Once the Examining Board has reviewed and assessed your work, an Assessment report will be emailed to you shortly before the Assessment date. On the Assessment day, you will be invited for a general discussion, constructive feedback and to receive the grades of each project submitted. Keep your reports for your future reference, information and guidance where necessary.

Where amendments or revisions have been requested, these must be completed and presented at your following Assessment. Further amendments may subsequently be requested by the Examining Board.

Penultimate Assessment

ALL the MAET set course projects must have been presented by this or at previous Assessments throughout the duration of your course and each project to have achieved a minimum Pass grade, in order for your Final Examination date to be agreed with Supervisors and the Director of Education. Your dissertation subject, abstract and progress must also be approved by your penultimate Assessment.

Final Examination

Importantly ALL amendments requested by EITHER your Supervisors or the Examining Board must have been completed and approved prior to your Final Examination presentation.

You will be able to present a final and collective display of all your completed course projects. This display will also include your dissertation and any further course pieces.

This is a final and collective body of the above set project pieces, where the importance of your portfolio presentation and attention to detail is paramount. Your work will then be viewed by the Examining Board, after which you will then be recalled and awarded your Final Grade. When a Final Examination is held in London and if time permits, the display may also be viewed by fellow student members and invited guests of the Board.

In-course Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed throughout your course, taking into consideration the following elements:

  • Attendance
  • Independent management of projects, learning and progression
  • Independent background research, original concepts and design
  • Ability to listen, discuss and problem solve for a successful outcome
  • Independent critique and self-analysis
  • Execution of brief
  • Development in information and knowledge
  • Final project execution being appropriate and relevant
  • Presentation of projects for Assessment

2. Marking Systems

The MAET operates two marking systems combining Supervisor and Examination Board grades

  • A numeric marking scale with accumulated points to achieve a pass or above
  • All projects need to obtain a minimum pass grade, in order to be able to proceed to the Final Examination
  • Grades at Final Examination of Pass, High Pass, Pass with Credit or Pass with Distinction

All grades given at Assessment reviews, will be conditional upon all amendments having been made to the satisfaction of the Examing Board and all your actual artworks having been presented in person at an Assessment in London.

Your dissertation and all individual projects will be marked using this method, combining for a final collective mark from both your Supervisors and the Examining Board at your Final Examination. Where artworks have received comments or amendment guidance, either from the Supervisors or the Examiners and these have been completed by each following Assessment, improved or even redrawn; then an increase in the final mark may be obtained.

ALL modules of coursework must have been completed and previously presented for Assessment in order to be eligible for a Final Examination.

3. Student course projects – an overview

Part 1. Traditional and fundamental artwork skills

1          Pencil tonal artwork – bone studies (femur or humerus)

2          Monochrome watercolour and simple Photoshop artwork – bone studies (scapula)

3          Conte and carbon dust artwork – bone studies (pelvis)

4          Pen and ink – anatomical dissection

5          3D sculptured model – traditional or digital

6          Full colour watercolour – pathology specimen

7          Life drawing – independent study

Part 2. Clinical, patient and surgical artwork skills

8          Clinical appearance

9          Patient positioning

10        Surgical sequence – half tone or colour

Technical illustration

Part 3.  ­Conceptual, editorial and information communication design

11        Conceptual illustration

12        Scientific poster

13        Health education Information or leaflet

14        Electronic Presentation

15        2D/3D Animation

Other

16        Candidate’s choice

Dissertation

17        Marked by two External Examiners

Additional items required for Final Examination

18        Web site and business card

4. Assessment and Final Examination guidelines

Assessment procedure when presenting your online InDesign portfolio:

Create an Indesign online portfolio, within which you may design and be creative with your presentation skills. Ensure your online portfolio is named, dated and title for each artworks and project is included. Ensure each Assessment has been clearly listed and presented in chronological order. Submit your presentation by the submission date required, any projects received after the deadline will be held over for the following assessment date.

Assessment and Final Examination procedure when presenting your actual artworks:

  • Aim for a feeling of unity through your portfolios – this is important when all your pieces are subsequently displayed together at your the Final Examination
  • Enusre ALL amendments are completed by the following Assessment
  • Artworks are to be window mounted – we recommend your chosen window mounts are to be a neutral colours such as a cream, antique white, grey, green or black
  • Each piece requires a title label, placed on the bottom left hand side
  • Choose a typeface and size consistently throughout your presentation
  • Check that your spellings and grammar usage are correct and consistent
  • Provide an additional A4 sheet listing the project information concisely to include the category, title and medium and any extra information
  • Dress appropriately for an interview i.e. no jeans or trainers
  • The Examining Board are there to assess but also to assist you, please feel free to ask questions
  • It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that all course fees, whether this be for seminars, workshops or events are fully paid up from the duration of the course prior to a Final Examination. Final confirmation and receipt of formal certifictaes will be ‘held’ until any outstanding fees have been paid in full.
  • All students are required to have kept their student membership of the MAA up-to-date, in order to be elligible to attend Seminars, Assessments and Final Examination.

Final Examination Procedure:

Create an InDesign online portfolio, within which you may design and be creative with your presentation skills,alongside your portfolio of artworks. Ensure your online portfolios and artworks are named, dated, with titles for each artworks and project. Ensure each Assessment has been clearly listed and presented in chronological order. Submit your presentation by the submission date/s required. For your dissertation refer to the Dissertation Guidleines.

Final Examination Procedure:

  • Ensure ALL amendments have been made prior to your Final Examination presentation and have been approved to the satisfaction of the Examiners
  • All course work pieces are to be presented together as a ‘final body of work’
  • Aim for a feeling of unity throughout your display and portfolios
  • Include a final copy of your dissertation – please refer to the ‘Dissertation Guidelines’ for further information
  • 3D work display
  • Laptops, iPads etc. – please bring your own leads and programmes ready for display pre-set
  • The Board will view your work after which they will invite you to return for an overall discussion. Your Final Examination Report will be emailed to you shortly afterwards
  • It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that all course fees, whether this be for seminars, workshops or events are fully paid up from the whole duration of the course prior to your Final Examination
  • Final confirmation and receipt of formal certificates will be ‘held’ in the event any fees are outstanding and until these have been paid in full
  • All students are required to have kept their student membership of the MAA up-to-date, in order to be elligible to attend seminars, webinars, workshops, Assessments and the Final Examination
  • The Trust reserve the right the update these guidelines from time to time