The balance of assessment depends on the subject area, your choice of option modules and professional body requirements. A typical composition of assessment for this course is:
Year 1: your assessment will be 54% by practical exams and 46% by coursework.
Year 2: your assessment will be 88% by practical exams and 13% by coursework.
Year 3: your assessment will be 33% by practical exams and 68% by coursework.
Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor.
Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.
Assessment feedback is provided to you in two main ways: orally, in tutorial and critique situations and in writing, using a “fast feedback form” that indicates performance against the learning outcomes of the module.
Typical assessment activities that you will be graded may consist of one or a combination of the following:
Creative outputs professionally presented in the format required by the brief, including scripts, compositions, live and studio-based performances, recordings, promotional materials, etc.
A reflective journal, discussing your learning journey throughout the module and utilising appropriate reflective theory and frameworks
An essay, report, case study or project plan, written and illustrated to given guidelines and word counts
Pitches to clients and presentation of ideas using professional techniques, such as a showcase performance, mini-pitch, slide presentation, electronic/printed publicity material
Self-assessment, peer review and studio critiques
You will be taught by tutors who have a broad range of experience within the music and performance industry.