Learning from Feedback and Assessment


On your course, there will be many occasions where you will receive feedback on your work. You will receive feedback through discussing your work with tutors or peers in the studio. You will also receive feedback from assessments. Comments made can help you develop your work and make for a better learning experience if you focus on the issues highlighted, reflect and think of ways forward. When you receive feedback:

  • listen/ read carefully with an open mindPicture28
  • concentrate on what is being said or is written
  • identify key points
  • check that you have understood what has been said/ written
  • try to get clarification from the tutor or person who made the comments if you are unsure what they mean.

Sometimes you might feel the feedback you receive does not appear to match up with what you were attempting to achieve. Remember that tutors can only comment on ideas that you have evidenced. More information on the importance of evidencing your thinking here.

It is quite common to have strong feelings about your feedback, especially if you do not see the effort you applied to your work reflected in the comments made. Make sure you understand why you received certain comments. If you have an emotional reaction to your feedback, wait a day or two.Picture1

Next, reflect on what was said or written:

  • Description: what was the feedback about?
  • Emotions: how did you feel about it?
  • Evaluation: did you agree or disagree about any aspects of the feedback? Why?
  • Analysis: what was your understanding of what the feedback meant for your work?
  • Conclusion: what could you do to change your work in relation to the feedback?
  • Action plan: what do you plan to do differently in future in light of the feedback you received?

Learning from Assessment

gradeWe often think about assessment being about grades or a process whereby our work is judged. You may also wonder how it is possible to grade or judge creative work, given that people have very different opinions about what they like or think is good. It is important to remember that Glasgow School of Art is a learning environment and that your learning and development is assessed in relation to outcomes you produce in the studio.  Assessment is of course required in order for Higher Education Institutions to evaluate and record academic achievement, but assessment is a useful process that can help you gain valuable feedback that will help you:

  • to monitor your progress on course
  • to recognise that learning has taken place
  • to check that your participation in course activities is helping you to develop as a creative practitioner
  • to identify areas in which you could improve
  • learn how audiences relate and interact with your work and ideas