Thursday, 17 October 2019

Alan Lewis External Examiner Story & Previs

Alan Lewis
Meet Alan Lewis, our new External Examiner for our pioneering Master's Degree in Storyboarding & Previsualisation at Escape Studios, which is running for the first time at our campus at 190 High Holborn.

External examiners play an important part of quality control in UK higher education, ensuring that our courses meet the highest standards, and the grades awarded are correct and appropriate.

We're honoured to have Alan onboard; he is Head of the Division of Creative Technologies for the School of Arts and Creative Industries at South Bank University. In this role, he is responsible for the overall operation and development of the VFX, Games, Digital Design, Sound, and Journalism BA/BSc degrees. He is also the Course Director for the VFX programme at South Bank.

The role of an external examiner
South Bank University
External examiners ensure that standards are consistent across the animation sector. They check our grades, making sure we're awarding marks appropriately, and that our standards are consistent with other universities and colleges in the UK.

For our MA students, this involves double-checking our marks, to make sure that both first and second marking (we second-mark all the results internally) has been carried out fairly, in accordance with the regulations of Kent University, who award our degrees.

How Second Marking Works
Our second marking rules are governed by our degree-awarding body, Kent University. There are five stages to the marking process:
1. First marking of all work by an internal examiner
2. Second marking of a sample of work by an experienced internal examiner
3. Moderation between first and second marker
4. Review by external examiner
5. Checking marks recorded on SITS against original student work.

Second marking samples
The sample for second marking in each module must include:
a. All fails
b. A representative sample across all classification bands
c. Marks just below a classification band i.e. 49, 59, 69.
d. The highest scoring work
e. At least 10% of the students taking the module.

How marks are agreed between first and second marker
Second marking is intended as a second opportunity to mark student work afresh; therefore it is not merely a means to check the first marker’s work. It is to be expected, therefore, that the second marks will not be identical to the first marks. If the discrepancy between first and second marks for the module is within a tolerance of 5 percentage points, then the first marker’s proposed marks go forward as the agreed marks.

If the second marks are outside the 5 point tolerance, then first and second marker meet to moderate the marks, and complete the Assessment Moderation Form to record the second marks, the reasons for giving those marks and brief details of any moderation meetings leading to agreed marks which are different from the first marks.

Following second marking and moderation, the first marker completes the mark sheet to show the agreed marks; this is submitted to Student Services along with the Assessment Moderation Forms.

Submission to external examiner
Finally, a sample of student work is forwarded to the External Examiner for review.

We're delighted to have Alan on board; he is also external examiner for our BA/Mart in the Art of 3D Animation

The Escape Studios Animation Blog offers a personal view on the art of animation and visual effects. To apply for our BA/MArt in 3D Animation, follow this link.  To apply for our storyboarding evening class, visit this page here.  For the next 12 week animation course, click here.

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