Creative Arts

(Updated on 2 Jan 2014)

Briefing slides

Cat-5 Briefing slides for Sec 1s -- 17 Jan 2014

Prelim Proposal Briefing -- 7 Mar 2014

Preparing for Semi-Finals -- 2 May 2014

"My best experiences making art have been akin to a journey that took off into unknown territory, surprised me, engaged me, pulled me along, and led to insights and ideas that in some way personally transformed me."
- Karen Lee Carroll (in The Heart of Art Education)
All projects submitted should be the student's ORIGINAL artworks stemmed from their own creativity.

The projects submitted under the Creative Arts are classified under three main sub-categories -- Fine Art, Design Art and Media Art.


All projects (either 2D or 3D) should clearly reflect the idea and demonstrate an in depth understanding of visual appeal and technique(s) used.

The Fine Art Project should be accompanied by a visual record of the creative process, detailing the development of concept, research and exploration of ideas. These include observational drawings or photographic documentation and experimentation with materials.

The Design Art Project should communicate a clearly resolved solution based on a stated design brief for the project. The end product has to be supported by research and working sketches/photos of prototypes.

The Media Art Project should include a media production of suitable duration. Students have to develop a script, storyboard, as well as relevant production notes, such as schedules, shot-list, animatics (for animation), etc.

Guidelines / Presentation Format

Fine Art Project:

The Fine Art project focuses on personal expression of ideas and/or feelings through any fine art media. Themes explored could be stemmed from personal identity, social criticism, cultural/historical perspective, or spatial concerns. The project could be a painting or a series of paintings exploring a theme. The single painting should not be smaller than 2 feet x 3 feet. Other fine art projects include 3-dimensional sculptural works, photography, printmaking, mixed media works, etc.

Design Art Project:

The Design Art Project could be any of the following:

Graphic Design - printed graphics, logo design, packaging design, etc.
Product Design - furniture, product, jewelry, fashion, etc.
Illustration – Book / illustration design, character design, etc.
Fashion Design -- Costume design/illustration, etc.

The project can be presented in any appropriate media including digital format.

Media Art Project:

The Media Art Project is a time-based work that could be in the form of short film or animation (classical, stop-motion or 3D).

Suggested duration of the media art project:
- Computer animation: between 1 minute to 3 minutes
- Film production: between 3 minutes to 5 minutes

There is no restriction on the amount of help obtained, but these sources have to be acknowledged. Sponsorship of funds should also be clearly indicated. Naturally projects which are the students' own efforts would score better in the judges' assessment. Only copyright-free music can be used.

Literature Review for Creative Arts

'Literature review' for Creative Arts takes on the form of research into the styles and works of suitable and relevant artists, designers, architects, filmmakers, animators, etc. Students should document their references to these artists (in APA format) in their presentations and web-report. Images used for research and presentations should have proper citations.

Although students are encouraged to research, understand and experiment in the style of the chosen artists, they are not to make direct copies nor plagiarize any artworks. Instead students should show through their sketches / experiments how the research has helped to inform their development of ideas, techniques, styles, etc. We are looking for a synergy of creative ideas informed by rich research in the contemporary field of artistic development.

There is no limitation in the number of artist references that the students can refer to for the 'literature review' but students are encouraged to look into the works of at least three artists.

For APA style & format, pls refer to:
Purdue OWL: APA Formatting

For Writing About Art, pls refer to:
Writing About Art

Web Report Guidelines

The web-report for Creative Arts should contain the following sections:

  • Ideation Process:
- What idea(s) do I want to convey?
- What is my personal relevance in embarking on this project?

  • Research (Literature Review):
- Who are some of the artists whom I have looked at?
- Why did I choose to look at these artists?
- What did I learn from these artists?
- What are the relevant creative ideas gathered?

  • Documenting the Project Journey:
- What alternative ideas were developed?
- How have I experimented with various media?
- What were some of the decisions made and why did I do so?

  • Reflections:
- What were some successes and failures encountered during the project?
- What were the challenges faced during the working process?
- How did I overcome them?
- What did you learn about yourself and your art-making endeavours?

Notes on Judging

- Scores from each round of judging is not cumulative

* Prelims:
- 5-min presentation
- Judges look for the potential and feasibility of the project proposal

* Semi-Finals:
- 7-min presentation
- Students need to demonstrate at least 80% completion of the proposed project

* Finals:
- 10-min presentation
- Students have to present 100% completion of the project

Judging Criteria for Creative Arts

(Updated on 2 Jan 2014)

- Demonstrate originality of thought / use of materials
- Show innovative and alternative ways of problem solving
- Communicate clearly personal ideas, beliefs and interpretations of ideas / concept

Aesthetic & Technical Qualities
- Illustrate an excellent understanding of art and design principles
- Exhibit good technical control of the chosen media

- Ability to engage the audience with relevant materials and communication skills
- Confidence and articulate in answering questions

Overall grading


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