SCA Grade Descriptors

Current Grade New Grade Description Mark range Comments
HD HD High Distinction 85–100

An Outstanding Level of Achievement. Displays innovative and imaginative thinking. Artwork or written work demonstrates initiative and ingenuity in research and production, confident and proficient application of materials and critical skills throughout, and makes an insightful contribution to contemporary art. Demonstrates a high level of ability to set demanding and achievable objectives, meets those objectives in challenging and exciting ways with a high degree of success. Demonstrates a broad and in-depth knowledge of current issues and practices as well as the ability to apply theoretical understandings and relate ideas and artwork/written work to a broader context. Exhibits independence in thinking and motivation as well as a high degree of sophistication in critical analysis and self-evaluation.

D DI Distinction 75–84

An Excellent Level of Achievement. Artwork or written work demonstrates initiative and resourcefulness in research and production, competent application of materials and critical skills throughout, receptiveness to critical feedback, and a willingness to explore new ideas. Displays a high level of commitment, ability to set demanding and achievable objectives and meet those objectives with a high degree of success and originality. Demonstrates a broad awareness of current issues and practices and the ability to adapt and apply ideas to new situations. Displays independent motivation and resolution of problems with informed critical judgment.

CR CR Credit 70–74
(High Credit)

Highly Competent Work demonstrating clear capacity to complete honours work. Artwork or written work displays evidence of initiative in research and production, competent application of materials and critical skills in most areas, receptivity to critical feedback and a willingness to explore new ideas. Exhibits commitment, the ability to set clear and achievable objectives, and meets those objectives with some degree of success and originality. Demonstrates awareness and understanding of key concepts and practices and the ability to relate and contextualize ideas. Approaches problems with innovation and insight.

65-69
(Low Credit)

Competent Work demonstrating potential to complete honours work, though further development needed to do so successfully. Artwork or written work displays some evidence of initiative in research and production, a general competency in the fundamental application of materials and skills in most areas, receptivity to critical feedback, and a willingness to go beyond mere replication of content knowledge to show extended understanding of key ideas. Exhibits commitment, the ability to set reasonably clear and achievable objectives with a moderate degree of success and originality. Demonstrates an awareness and understanding of certain key concepts and practices and a genuine attempt to engage critically and creatively with the project. Some evidence of independent self-assessment.

P PS Pass 60-64
(High Pass)
Work has considerable merit. Artwork or written work contains evidence of a broad and reasonably accurate command of material and technical proficiency, responds to critical feedback in fairly direct translation. Exhibits a satisfactory level of commitment, the ability to set reasonable objectives and meet more than basic unit of study requirements with acceptable achievement. Demonstrates an understanding of relevant concepts and practices within a fairly defined context and displays a genuine effort to engage critically and creatively with the project. Some evidence of independent self-assessment.
55-59
(Medium Pass)
A satisfactory level of achievement. Artwork or written work contains evidence of a reasonably accurate command of material and technical proficiency in some areas, responds to critical feedback inconsistently and in fairly direct translation. Exhibits an adequate level of commitment, the ability to set reasonable objectives and meet more than basic unit of study requirements with limited achievement. Demonstrates an understanding of relevant concepts and practices within a defined context, attempts to present some conceptual relevance to the project brief. Some evidence of independent self-assessment.
50-54
(Low Pass)
An acceptable standard. Artwork or written work contains evidence of adequate but inconsistent command of material and technical skills, occasionally responds to critical feedback and in fairly direct translation. Exhibits a passable level of commitment, the ability to work out objectives and meet the basic requirements of the unit of study. Demonstrates some understanding of relevant concepts with little ability to contextualize ideas and form relevant arguments. Little evidence of independent self-assessment.
F FA Fail 0–49

Work not of an acceptable standard. Artwork or written work displays clear deficiencies in technical skills, little or no response to critical feedback, a lack of engagement with the unit of study, fails to demonstrate any understanding of conceptual ideas and practices, does not satisfy most or all of the basic unit of study requirements. Deficiencies clearly outweigh accomplishments.

This grade, with corresponding mark, is also used in cases where a student fails to achieve a mandated standard in a compulsory assessment, thereby failing to demonstrate the learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard. In such cases the student will receive the mark awarded by the Faculty to a maximum of 49.

AF AF Absent Fail  0-49

To be awarded to students who fail to demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard through failure to submit or attend compulsory assessment tasks or to attend 90% of the classes.
In cases where a student receives some marks but fails the unit through failure to attend or submit a compulsory task, the mark entered shall be the marks awarded by the Faculty up to a maximum of 49.
This grade is not used in cases where a student attempts all assessment tasks but fails to achieve a mandated minimum standard in one or more task. In such cases a Fail (FA) grade and a mark less than 50 is awarded.

R SR Satisfied Requirements No mark

To be awarded in units of study where student achievement is measured as a pass or fail only without a mark to students who, in their performance in assessment tasks, demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard as following:

Art work and or written work contains evidence of adequate but consistent command of material and technical skills, occasionally responds to critical feedback and in fairly direct translation. Exhibits a passable level of commitment, the ability to work out objectives and meet the basic requirements of the unit of study. Demonstrates some understanding of relevant concepts with little ability to contextualise ideas and from relevant arguments. Little evidence of independent self-assessment.

  FR Failed Requirements No mark

To be awarded in units of study where student achievement is measured either as Satisfied Requirements or Failed Requirements only, without a mark to students who, in the their performance in assessment tasks, fail to demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard as following:

Work is not of an acceptable standard and does not meet the learning outcomes of the unit of study to an acceptable standard and is unable to satisfy most or the entire most basic unit of study requirements. Art work and or written work displays clear deficiencies in: technical skills, response to critical feedback, engagement with the unit of study and its ability to satisfactory demonstrate an understanding of conceptual ideas or practices.

For the full list of Common Result Grades please refer to the University Assessment Policy 2011 available from the Policy Register.