Process Portfolio

The Journey

The Process Portfolio, or PP, is 40 % of the final mark and it is the testimony of the student's artistic journey during the course. It is not intended to be of polished, refined, or even resolved work; final work is presented for the Exhibition component of the course. The PP is a collection of carefully selected materials which document the students experimentation, exploration, manipulation and development of a variety of visual arts activities during the two-year course.

For final submission and uploading info go to E submission Process Portfolio

What does the PP contain?

Pages from the Visual Journal can be included in the PP as well as from other sketchbooks, notebooks, loose drawings, folios documenting the development of both resolved and unresolved works. The Visual Journal itself is not assessed but it is key in providing the bulk of raw material when compiling the screens for the PP.

The PP doesn't have a set format, It is presented for assessment on screen but it can be compiled from various sketchbooks and other sources. Some students will create their PP entirely on screen, others will scan journal pages and most will do a combination of both. For more on this topic go to Process Portfolio Format

Examples of student Portfolios

Visit the student gallery pages for really interesting student examples in the  Process Portfolio Gallery

Art Making Forms

There is a requirement that encourages students to work across a range of media in the PP, however, this is not a particularly wide range and most teachers already include exposure to at least this many different media and techniques. The art making forms table breaks art forms into 3 main categories of 2D forms, 3D forms and lens based or electronic media. Go to Art Making Forms Table

SL students should work with at least two art-making forms from separate columns of the table.
HL students with at least three art-making forms, selected from a minimum of two columns of the table.

So for example if a HL student has worked with clay, printmaking and painting, she has already met the distribution requirements. Go to the page on Art Making Forms Table for many more examples of different art making forms.

Two-dimensional forms

Three-dimensional forms

Lens-based, electronic and screen-based forms

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Graphics
  • Sculpture
  • Designed Objects
  • Site specific/ ephemeral
  • Textiles
  • Time based and sequential art
  • Lens media
  • Digital/ screen based
  • Lens-less media

Double dipping is now allowed!!

News: Work that appears in the Exhibition may now be included in the PP, clearly labelled as resolved work.

students can and should include developmental stages of work and various related experiments, including "failures", and now the IB is allowing the final stages of the work to be included in the PP screens submitted if desired.

On page 47 of the Visual Arts Guide (for first examinations 2017) under Submitting assessment work, the regulation regarding “double‐dipping” between the exhibition and process portfolio component has been revised, permitting the use of images of resolved work from the exhibition in the process portfolio as long as they are identified as such with an appropriate annotation or label, i,.e  Make sure the work is labelled "resolved work"!


How much work?

Students submit a given number of screens rather than pages. There is no set specification as to how many words etc. A balance of visual and written content is desirable.

SL students submit 9–18 screens
HL students submit 13–25 screens

The assessment criteria for the PP include 5 criteria as shown in the table below. For more detailed discussion of each criteria go to PP Assessment Criteria

Truly a Process

This is good news for artists and teachers, the emphasis in the PP is on art making, hooray! The introduction of part 1, Comparative Study takes on the the function of the main academic exercise in critical analysis and leaves more room for open and unstructured visual experimentation in the PP.

A difference between the PP and the IWB is the significant increase in weight that is given to skills, techniques, and processes.
Criteria C and D also include an emphasis on visual forms of communication which is in line with the objectives of the curatorial rationale (part 3).

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Comments 15

Anthony Moroz 13 March 2017 - 22:20

Hello Heather. So students citing their own work can simply write "My Work" or their name. I have read that their own work should follow the same formula as citing artists pieces.

Heather McReynolds 14 March 2017 - 13:01

"my own work" is a sufficient label, but work should obviously be discussed in terms of techniques , media , influences in the general text

Art Aloha 27 March 2017 - 13:43

Hi Heather
We´re a little confused over the Double Dipping rule change! The Visual Art Guide that now says its arrived was emailed to our school (or a notice about it anyway) saying that it was to come into use in May 2017. We were thinking that it probably only applies to new students coming in then, and not our current year 13s who are being assessed in April 2017. Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks x

Heather McReynolds 27 March 2017 - 19:10

I know these rule changes are quite confusing at times- "double dipping" is acceptable even for this May 2017- but do read the guidlines about labelling work ;)

Kika Coles 31 March 2017 - 08:58

Hi Heather! I hope you are well. Just a question.... will an introductory slide and a list of sources slide count as 2/25? Thanks :)

Heather McReynolds 31 March 2017 - 17:11

Hi Kika, thank you! I am hoping that examiners wont count the intro or the list of sources if there are sufficient other screens ;)

Vandita Varjangbhay 23 August 2017 - 10:51

Dear Heather
I have some students who have 25 screens for their process, could they include a 26th screen for list of sources or should they include the reference list as 25th screen.

Heather McReynolds 24 August 2017 - 14:34

Vandita, I think you could do either, the assessed work is max 25 screens for HL but the sources page is not assessed.

Heba Yosri 26 October 2017 - 12:17

Hi Heather,
isn't it right that students should record the sources on each screen?

Heather McReynolds 27 October 2017 - 12:04

yes Heba, in text citation is recommended. see sources page for format to follow

Vandita Varjangbhay 29 August 2017 - 17:43

Thank you.

Heba Yosri 26 October 2017 - 10:14

Hi Heather,
I am a bit confused about the coherency of the PP screens, would you please explain how to meet this part?

Heather McReynolds 26 October 2017 - 10:46

Hi Heba, coherency is only an assessed criteria for the exhibition, for the PP it is not required that it forms a "coherent body of work"-however I do find that students who show less processes but more in depth exploration in the PP end up with a more "coherent" portfolio. Its not neccessary for every screen to explore something entirely different,...

Heba Yosri 15 November 2017 - 10:21

Thank you Heather!
I have another question about the sequence of presenting the PP screens, Is it preferable to order the screens in a way to meet the criteria order? and I can find some screens of my students that could meet two criteria, is it possible?

Heather McReynolds 15 November 2017 - 19:13

Of course it is possible! The screens don't need to be in a specific order, but what students can do is put headers or highlights to reference to the criteria ;)

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