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Critical Review

(Word Document) AVAG Critical Review Template

SUBMIT your critical review through Tabula

In both the Autumn and Spring terms you will work on a group project that you will choose from amongst a number of available options. The goal of these projects is not to produce a new and original artwork, but rather to interrogate a number of potential subjects, including: the practice of a particular artist or artists, the formal characteristics of an artwork, the audience’s experience of a work, the theory underlying a movement. You should use these projects as an opportunity to conduct research into your subject, experiment with some of its practical aspects, and produce a final output for presentation to the group towards the end of each term.


The critical review that you submit at the end of the Spring term should consist of two main components:

  1. Documentation of the final output of each of your two group projects (using some or all of the following forms: DVDs, video files, digital photos etc.)
  2. 1500 word written component, consisting of one 750 word personal reflection on each project.

You may support these two components with an appendix including documentation of your working process for both projects (using some or all of the following forms: notes, photos, video files, sketches, bibliographies, filmographies etc.).


The critical review is worth 25% of your final mark for this module, the same as a 2500 word essay, so the work you submit at the end of the Spring term should substantially demonstrate your engagement with the two group projects that you have been a part of.

Each student will submit one critical review, and each critical review will be marked individually. Because you are working in groups, there will of course be some repeated elements across the critical review, especially in terms of the final output and working process documentation.

The 750 word reflection is your opportunity to provide a personal account of the aims, experience and outcome of each project. For example, it may contain discussion of: why you chose the project, what research you undertook, decision-making with the rest of your group, working process, difficulties/obstacles/discoveries, thoughts on the final output, any understanding you gained during the process. This is simply a guide to the kind of material that you might want to include in the personal reflection - it is not a requirement to include all of these aspects.

The deadline for submission of the critical review is 16.00 on Monday 23rd February (Spring Term Week 8). By this time you should have submitted the digital component using the link below, and any hard copy material (such as paper or DVDs) to your Dept. secretary.