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Major Assignment Term One

 What is a Major Assignment?

The purpose of a Major assignment is to help the students to decide their choice of artwork and to reflect on skill, artwork type, and relevance of frameworks and resolution of issues formed for their Major works towards the end of the year.

Appropriation in Art and Design

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Aim:   Students will investigate Design as an art form. 

Students will investigate appropriation and decide if it is an art form. 

Assignment One
Students can choose any "expressive form" to create their artworks - digital, documented artworks, drawing, painting, spray can, video media, mix media to show and comment on Appropriation within Design as an Art form rather than a form of stealing someone's else's idea.   Appropriation in Visual Art means to adopt properly, borrow, recycle or sample aspects (or the entire form) of man-made visual culture.

Students will ask the question - Is appropriating someone's else's idea within the commercial sense fair? Some appropriations are exposed when consumers are aware of stolen ideas to consume and market a particular audience. Again is this fair? Stealing someone else's idea? 
Students will create an artwork based on their understanding of Appropriation in Art and Design within commercial sense. You can download the 30 day trial of Corel Draw 4X from this website to complete your work but pay attention to the specs. 
Lead-up work in a student’s Visual Arts Process Diary, along with other lead-up work, and other work produced and not submitted as an artwork, must be available, to verify and provide further evidence of a student’s artmaking.

Students will practice and adhere to the HSC Course Prescriptions below - Follow the overall limitations on size and weight to create your artworks.

Artworks Submitted must be within the HSC requirements | Course Prescriptions — Overall limitations on size and weight of submitted artworks

These rules apply to all bodies of work submitted for the HSC Visual Arts course and should be strictly adhered to. Failure to comply with these rules could penalize marks awarded to students.

• A body of work may be submitted in one or more of the expressive forms.

• Individual works within a body of work must not exceed 2 square metres in area. This applies to flat, rigid works and includes works that may form part of a series.

• A body of work must not exceed 6 minutes running time.

• Individual works, within a body of work, exceeding 2 square metres and up to 6 square metres must be rolled.

• A body of work in its entirety must not exceed 34.4 kilograms in weight when packed for marking.

• A body of work must not exceed 1 cubic metre in volume. This measurement means that:

The absolute volume of any three-dimensional work must not be more than 1 cubic metre. In determining this volume, the height is the perpendicular height of the work when displayed for marking. The width is the measurement taken at the two furthest points and the breadth is the measurement taken at right angles to the width. The width X breadth X height (measured in metres) must not exceed 1 cubic metre. (Positive and negative areas are calculated in this measurement).

• Lead-up work in a student’s Visual Arts Process Diary, along with other lead-up work, and other work produced and not submitted as the body of work, must be available, if required in the event of appeals, to verify and provide further evidence of a student’s artmaking.

• Individual works must not be framed under glass or rigid plastic sheeting.

• Dangerous materials must not be used. Any HSC Body of Work submission that may be considered dangerous to health or safety may not be marked or returned to schools if marked corporate marking. Any individual work within a Body of Work considered dangerous to health or safety may not be unpacked for corporate marking or may not be marked in itinerant marking. Works considered dangerous could include those with faulty electrical wiring and those which incorporate very sharp points or cutting edges such as glass, mirror fragments, barbed wire, rusty corrugated iron and/or broken machinery. Hypodermic syringes, needles, bodily secretions and blood products must not be included in any artworks.

• Submissions involving a high voltage electrical current (e.g., 240 volts) must carry a certificate for electrical safety. Any electrical wiring necessary for artworks should be undertaken by suitably qualified personnel. Details and records of such work should also be noted in students’ diaries.

• Items within a body of work must be able to be safely and reasonably handled by one person.

• Works must be stable in their construction to minimise any damage during handling.

• Mannequins must not be included with submissions of Wearables in the Designed Objects and Environments category.

Student assessment 

  • All class activities completed since beginning of term
  • Originality of work
  • Executions and quality of workmanship
  • Conceptual drawings (a minim of 8 or more)
  • Final product
  • Annotations
  • Rationale of final product

Assessment criteria

Raw Mark Total: 100%

Assignment Weighting 10%

Outcomes: H1-H6

Internal Assessment

  1. Demonstrates a good understanding of the conventions and techniques of chosen expressive form 
  2. Uses the structural frame and the conceptual framework to select appropriate materials, objects and construction techniques to create signs and symbols.” 
  3. Experiments, evaluates, reflects and considers judgments and intentions in communicating a perceptive point of view about Appropriation in Design through diagrams, annotated sketches and documentation in the Visual Arts diary. 

Examples of other students works: