The changes to the assessment process: a brief summary

Changes From 2013

Electronic submission

  • No more candidate record booklets! – replaced by upload, via IBIS, of a portfolio of selected coursework, and a recording (audio or video) of the interview
  • The quantity of work to be submitted remains the same (page 19 of the Visual arts guide, published March 2007)

Studio work (including exhibition photographs wherever possible)

  • Investigation workbook pages
  • Candidate statement
  • Teacher mark and statement justifying the mark awarded for internal assessment

Candidate interview

Facilitated by the teacher (can be a different teacher if preferred)

  • Relationship of trust and familiarity to put student at ease
  • Teacher who has worked with student throughout the course is best placed to make the interview time as useful as possible and more      successful than a stranger at drawing out relevant information
  • Currently advised to last a maximum of 30 minutes at HL or 20 minutes at SL
  • Content of talk should relate to option      chosen (studio work for HLA/SLA, investigation for HLB/SLB) see pages 20 – 22 of the guide.

Student led as far as possible, but not with prepared speech

  • Teachers are not required to create or pose questions designed to draw out specific knowledge (e.g. when was Picasso born?)
  • Open ended prompts or questions (not scripted by teacher) can be used to support the student in talking appropriately about their work
  • GUIDANCE on the OCC: See advice in Visual arts E-submission pilot: teacher guidance material v1.1 published February 2012 via the subject page of the OCC, and watch the 4 videos of interviews and  afterword video on the OCC)
  • Teacher should resist temptation to provide own opinion, or speak on behalf of student!

Interview should be

  • As relaxed and unthreatening as possible with student at ease, comfortable and confident in order that they can talk as easily as      possible about their work
  • Focused on the relevant information with students guided back to topic if they lose focus
  • Ended when appropriate, up to the maximum time – when the student has delivered the information they wish to. (Sooner is OK if candidate has said everything useful!)

Recording the interview for submission

  • Either audio or video as relevant to the individual school’s  context and circumstances: the interview recording is not expected to follow any particular format
  • Editing of nervous false starts, superfluous information, etc is permitted
  • Can be in front of the student’s exhibition, or individual works as appropriate and is not restricted to being recorded on one individual day

Coursework portfolio

Studio work and investigation pages

Studio work

Quantity of evidence for submission as stated for course/option on page 19 of the Visual arts guide

  • The number of studio pieces not prescribed but there are maximum numbers for each level and optiion
  • File slots are for one photograph or one video file (for instance, an animation)

Investigation workbook pages

Quantity of pages for submission as stated for course/option on page 19 of the Visual arts guide

  • A page is a page, double pages are counted as two pages
  • Ensure clear reproduction of pages: scanned or photographed pages butCLARITY AND LEGIBILITY are vital
  • Students select pages to ensure they give themselves the best chance of meeting the requirements of the markband descriptors
  • Pages should be combined into ONE file.

Other evidence

Candidate statement

  • The 300 word candidate statement should be carefully written and focus mainly on the option chosen (studio work for HLA/SLA, investigation for HLB/SLB)
  • Provided as a text file

Teacher mark and statement

  • For the internally assessed component (investigation for HLA/SLA, studio work for HLB/SLB)
  • Refer to the work and the markband descriptors to explain and justify the mark awarded

Uploading and submitting


  • Screens will become available in good time for work to be uploaded and submitted by the deadline
  • Deadline will be in line with requirement for IA/PG information to be submitted via IBIS (10 April / 10 October)

The original storage device must be present in order to submit files – good practice will be to create and populate a folder per student on the computer to be used

By course and option

Correct number of pieces of studio work evidence

  • See page 3 of Visual arts E-submission pilot: teacher guidance  material v1.1 for file types and sizes
  • Large photographs are not needed
  • Studio work video footage for installation, 3D or animations, for example, is acceptable remembering the complete examination will not last longer than 40 minutes at      HL/30 minutes at SL (i.e. time for interview plus examiner looking at studio or investigation)

Correct number of Investigation Workbook Pages

  • Scanned or copied into one document, for example a Word file
  • One page is one page
  • Clear copies, focused, legible
  • 20MB maximum file size for all pages

File types and file sizes

Four types of files may be uploaded for visual arts coursework: document files, audio files, video files, and image files.


File   sizes Document file type maximum   size
DOC 20   MB
DOCX 20   MB
PDF 20   MB
RTF 20   MB
TXT 20   MB


Audio   file type maximum   size
AAC 40   minutes
M4A 40   minutes
MP3 40   minutes


Video   file type maximum   size


Image file type maximum size