Hi, I’m Sarah. I absolved the preperatory course ‘Filmscoring and Production’ at Musicube Academy and now I am a second year student of Composition for Film and Theatre. In this blog I’m gonna share my personal experience as a student at ArtEZ in Arnhem.
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Another year at university is over. Half of my studies are already over and there is only one last ‘exam’ for this year waiting for me, the CRP (Critical Response Process). In the first year you have to pass an ‘Overgangen’ at ArtEZ. It’s about showing how much you’ve learnt in the year.
In the second year, it’s a bit different. Here it is more about going through a special process (CRP), the aim of which is to give the student the most helpful feedback possible.
To ensure that the process runs smoothly, we already had a preparation lesson for it. Here, the whole process was practised with a cake and a performance by a student band.
CRP consists of different rounds. One person leads the conversation and makes sure that questions and feedback are given according to the current round of the process.
The student prepares about 20 minutes (rather less) of music and presents it to a ‘jury’. The jury is not made up of the student’s own teachers, but teachers from any department.
After the presentation, the first round begins. Only positive feedback may be given here. Once this round is over, the student is allowed to ask questions to the jury. Then the ‘jury’ may ask the student questions and finally the ‘jury’ may express their own opinions, if the student wishes.
In the practice rounds, this procedure seemed rather unnatural to me. We are not used to dividing our feedback into categories and giving them separately. But I can imagine that if you prepare well and think about questions, you can get a lot out of this process.
Another advantage is that you can show projects that are not quite finished yet and get feedback during the process. In general, it’s not about presenting how much you can do or how much you have learned, but about what you would like to show and possibly what you are currently working on.
A disadvantage of the whole thing is that the process takes a relatively long time and is sometimes a bit slow. Some feedback is detached from the context and maybe sometimes you lose sight of the big picture.
I think the idea of doing a kind of feedback round instead of an exam is very good. Constructive feedback takes you much further than a grade, which at the end of the day doesn’t even say much about your ability or knowledge.
So far, this process only exists in the second year and I’m curious to see if it will be as useful and helpful as I imagine it will be 😀
I have heard both sides from students already. Some found it good and others found it unnecessarily complicated. So now it’s up to me to experience it for myself 😉
All the best,