Unit 3: Personal Investigation

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  • This a practical unit with written elements in which candidates are expected to develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished piece or pieces.
  • The practical elements should be linked with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, designers or craftspeople.
  • Candidates should be selective when deciding what to submit for this unit.

Quality of Written Communication

As the quality of written communication is an important aspect of this unit candidates should consider the following points:

  • Written material of a critical, analytical nature can be included in a variety of forms, such as a personal study, a journal, a log, reports on gallery visits or an evaluation and reflection on candidates' work and that of others.
  • Written material should be no less than 1000 and no more than 3000 words.
  • Sources should be identified and a bibliography and list of visits should be included.
  • Candidates should demonstrate that they are aware of the discipline of working within given word counts.

Candidates must also:

  • ensure that text is legible and spelling, punctuation and grammar are accurate so that meaning is clear
  • select and use a form and style of writing appropriate to purpose and to complex subject matter
  • organise information clearly and coherently, using specialist vocabulary when appropriate.

The personal Investigation will be assessed as a single unit. Evidence of addressing the Assessment Objectives must be provided in both visual and written elements and connections between these two elements should be clearly established. Sources should be identified and acknowledged.

All work should be completed and marked to ensure that centre mark forms arrive at AQA and with moderators by the given deadline.

All the work produced for this unit will be marked as a whole. This unit is set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA by visit to the centre. Visits will normally take place in June.