Internally Assessed Component
The Exhibition is Internally Assessed by you the teacher and externally moderated.The Exhibition and Curatorial Rationale comprise 40% of the final grade
Both SL and HL students select and present their own original, resolved artworks accompanied by exhibition texts and a written curatorial rationale that supports their curatorial decisions.
The Exhibition Requirements
number of works submitted per level
4-7 artworks from your exhibition
Written curatorial rationale (400 words max)
8-11 artworks from your exhibition
Written curatorial rationale (700 words max)
Curatorial Rationale : HL and SL
SL: 400 words max
The curatorial rationale fully justifies the selection of the exhibited works, which are presented and arranged clearly, as appropriate to the student’s stated intentions in the space made available to the student.
HL: 700 words max
The curatorial rationale concisely justifies the selection of the exhibited works, which are presented and arranged clearly, as appropriate to the student’s stated intentions. The student provides an appropriate and clearly justified reflection on how they attempted to establish a relationship between the artworks and the viewer within the space made available to the student.
Go to E submission for Exhibition for more details on file types, sizes and upload requirements.
The assessment criteria for the Exhibition at a glance
There are four assessed criteria for the Exhibition. The criteria differ for SL and HL in the number of artworks submitted and for criterion D Curatorial Practice.
A. Coherent body of works
B. Technical competence
C. Conceptual qualities
D. Curatorial practice
The criteria address the areas of learning within the exhibition component: selecting and presenting a coherent collection of artworks that show technical competence, understanding of conceptual qualities and intentions, presented to an audience in the form of an exhibition, supported and justified by the curatorial rationale.
Exhibition Assessment Rubric
Download or print Exhibition criteria on one page (seen below) a rubric with the complete breakdown of each criteria into mark bands, in this handy overview formatted by Shannon Brinkely
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