Grading, Examinations and assessment
The basis for checking the progress of students is written and oral exams, evaluations (practical exams), assessments, projects and portfolios. Classical forms of exams as opposed to tests are generally preferred at TAC. Committees assess students in theoretical-practical subjects as groups formed according to their study year.
Assessment committees for general art subjects include members of the relevant subject committee and a representative of the Study Department. Works from students under all of the curricula are displayed and compared simultaneously.
Assessment committees for specialty subjects include Head of the department, specialty teachers and representative of the curriculum board. Assessment of students in specialty subjects takes place within the framework of a curriculum and works from students in all study years are displayed simultaneously. Assessments of students in general and specialty subjects are public and everyone who wishes to do so can participate and take part in the discussion. Discussions are vital from the perspective of an objective development of a grade and development of the subject syllabus.
The final grade will develop under the principle of majority of the committee members and assessment criteria are available to everyone.
TAC uses European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. The overall credit volume of a TAC curriculum is 240 ECTS and the standard period of study is 4 years. 1 ECTS equals 26 hours of student's work The amount of contact classes for practical subjects is 60% and for theoretical subjects 50%. The amount of independent work is accordingly 40% for practical subjects and 50% for theoretical subjects. However, these percentages might be a subject to change in the near future. Accomplishing of learning outcomes is evaluated.
Assessment criteria for theoretical-practical subjects
Assessments with a committee are carried out at the end of theoretical-practical courses. In addition to a regular exam (assessment) or pass/fail evaluation the student has two additional possibilities to resit an exam (assessment) or pass/fail evaluation. During the assessments subject- and specialty subject committees assess the presented works.
When assessing general art and specialty subjects the following is taken into account:
The Result. Subjective creative result including an idea that originates from the task, composition/organization, technique, realization/forming, exhibiting
Study process: individual development, participation in lessons
Fulfillment of the subject programme:
- a grade is lowered for uncompleted work in respect with the volume of the work (long-term, short-term), lecturer's suggestion and the decision of the committee
If the student has been absent from a specific course over 25 per cent of the tutored lessons without a significant reason the assessment committee may not assess the work.
The official six-point scale of letters since 01.09.2000 (as in diploma supplement).
5 = grade A or 'Excellent' - outstanding and exceptionally thorough competence in theoretical and applied aspects of the subject, free and creative application of acquired competence, extensive independent work, comprehensive knowledge of special litera
4 = grade B or 'Very good' - very good competence in theoretical and applied aspects of the subject in the extent of the syllabus and the content of textbooks, very good skills in application of acquired competence. The examination has shown errors of trivial scope which are not of principal character;
3 = grade C or 'Good' - good competence in theoretical and applied aspects of the subject, good skills in application of acquired competence. Uncertainty and lack of precision in aspects concerning more complex and detailed parts of the subject;
2 = grade D or 'Satisfactory' - competence in the more important theoretical and applied principles, facts and methods of the subject and skill to use them in typical situations, whereas noticeable gaps and uncertainty are manifest. The grade 'Sufficient' may be considered sufficient for normal continuation of studies;
1 = grade E or 'Sufficient' - the student has acquired a minimum level of competence, but serious shortcomings in application of acquired competence are manifest and hinder the acquisition of subsequent subjects based on the given subject;
0 = grade F or 'Fail' - the student lacks a minimum level of competence. Acquisition of 0-50% of the syllabus.
An examination or preliminary examination is considered passed upon its grading in the range from E to A. An examination or preliminary examination is not considered passed, if it is graded with an F. Non-differentiated assessment of academic results of students in subjects or parts of subjects is conducted by defining the positive result as "Pass" and the negative result as "Fail".
In grading of general art and speciality subjects the following aspects are taken into account:
1. Result: original creative result which includes the idea, composition/structure, technique, performance, and exposition.
2. Study process: individual development, attendance at classes.
3. Completion of study programme: if a student has not finished given assignment, his/her grade will be lowered accordingly to the scope of work, lecturer's suggestion and commission's decision. If a student has missed more than 25% of classes of speciality subjects without reasonable excuse, the evaluating commission may leave the student's work unvalued.