The “prime” issues concerning problematic evaluative systems in creative undergraduate curricula.

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Here’s my beef with grades: they’re distracting. In artistic fields of study, grades prove more harmful than beneficial because they are heavily subjective. Grade point averages are valued above quality of product. In art-driven fields, where the product is the centerpiece, this is extremely detrimental. Art education is supposed to cultivate and spur the seeds of creativity, not water them down with subjective evaluations of your worth. Speaking as a student in Virginia Tech’s graphic design program, more often than not students’ capabilities are limited when their minds are oriented towards getting an “A” on a project rather than testing new strategies. …


Amy Borg

Graphic Design // Professional & Technical Writing student with a deep passion for coining cheesy captions and punny phrases. Short stature, tall dreams.

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