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 allowed!!

 Work that appears in the Exhibition may be included in the PP, clearly labelled as " my own work for exhibition, title, medium, size"

students can and should include developmental stages of work and various related experiments, including "failures", and are  allowed to show the final stages and the completed work for work in the PP screens submitted.

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 like all other images!


Students submit a given number of screens rather than pages. There is no set specification as to how many words etc. but a balance of visual and written content is desirable. Writing should be clearly legible with fonts not less than 12 pt. Organise screens in a manner that gives the examiner the clearest, most coherent narrative of the development rather than organizing them by criteria.

Although the number of screens differ for HL and SL, the assessment criteria are the same.

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

The assessment criteria for the PP are shown in the table below. For more detailed breakdown of the marks go to PP Assessment Criteria, and to take a closer look at individual criteria try these pages:

Critical Investigation 

Reviewing, Reflecting, Refining 

Process Portfolio Format 


Every image used must be appropriately referenced to acknowledge the title, artist, medium, date (where this information is known) and the source from which the image was retrieved, following the protocol of the referencing style chosen by the school. Sources should be cited in text and students should include a sources page in addition to required screens. For more complete info on referencing go to Referencing and Citing Sources 

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