Core Competencies & Evaluation

We work with the four Core Competencies of

  • Exploring and Creating
  • Reasoning and Reflecting
  • Communicating and Documenting
  • Connecting and Expanding.

These competencies are integrated into assignments, so while we grade assignments as they are completed, the inclusion of the above criteria (where possible) determine much of the mark. For details on the Core Competency criteria for Graphic Arts and Photography, please see the bottom of this page.

We use evaluation as learning, so work can always be resubmitted when improved. Please show your work as you progress, so we can give you feedback and let you know what to improve.

Once you submit, your grade will be based on the criteria below:

What the grade means:
0 0 Not submitted
1 1 or 2 Incomplete. You will get feedback and be asked to resubmit
2 3 Basic requirements met. Some parts missing or in need of improvement
4 Complete. Could have gone further or taken more care in execution
3 5 Excellent. All points covered, creative and done with care

If you would like to improve your grade, you can re-submit improved work, or if you have time at the end of term, you can submit extra assignments to demonstrate your progress both in Content and in the Core Competencies.

Any questions about your progress or status? Please get in touch!


Text in blue and red indicate the increased expectations for student success in upper year courses

Curricular Competencies Graphics and Photo