Creative Arts

(Updated on 11 February 2017)

“Art is the most effective mode of communications that exists.”

― John Dewey
All projects submitted should be the student's ORIGINAL artworks stemmed from their own creativity.

The projects submitted to Creative Arts are classified under three broad categories -- Fine Art, Design Art and Media Art (including music composition and performance)


All Creative Arts projects should clearly reflect the idea and demonstrate an in depth understanding of artistic appeal and technique(s) used.

All projects have to be accompanied by a documentation of the creative journey from ideation, research, experimentation to final artwork.

Guidelines / Presentation Format

Fine Art Projects:

Fine Art projects focus on personal exploration of ideas and/or feelings through any appropriate media. Themes explored could be stemmed from personal identity, social commentary, cultural/historical perspectives, or imaginative vision. The project could be a painting or a series of paintings exploring the 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, etc.

Fashion Design -- Costume design/illustration, character design, etc.

Students could engage the use of any appropriate media including digital tools to present their work.

Media Art Project:

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

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. These references could be from books, magazines, newspapers, websites, actual interviews, etc. It is important for students to acknowledge the sources of their inspiration and how the sources serve as a catalyst/references for their creative work. Students need to document their sources 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

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?

** Students have to provide a visual documentation of the creative journey through sketches, photographs and/or relevant diagrams when organizing the various sections of the web-report.

Evaluation Process

* Proposal Evaluation:

- 5-min presentation

- Judges look for the potential and feasibility of the proposal

* Mid-Term Evaluation:

- 7-min presentation

- Students need to demonstrate 80% completion of the proposed project

* Final Evaluation:

- 8-min presentation; 3-min Q&A

- Students to present 100% completion of the project

Evaluation Criteria for Creative Arts

(Updated on 11 Feb 2017)


- 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

Cat 5 Detailed Evaluation Criteria




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