Q: Are any advisory days taking place?
A: For the time being we have had to cancel all volunteer led activities which would result in a groups of people. This will change in time and in accordance with government advice. Please consider applying for a 1:1 Portfolio Review which was set up in response to the cancellation of advisory days.
Q: Are any Assessments taking place?
A: **Updated August 2020** Assessment are taking place throughout the Autumn subject to any further imposed lock-down restrictions. These assessments welcome the return of Print assessments as well as Images for Screen and Book. However, to provide Staff and Panel Members with a safe environment in which to run these assessments, we are unable to open our doors to any audience members.
Q: I want to apply for an assessment, where should I send my application form?
A: Please do not send your application form to us in the post. RPS House remains closed to the Public for 2020 and Staff are mainly working from home. Where possible, please complete the form on your computer and email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org. To assist with the ease of processing applications, please also consider paying for your assessment via PayPal.
Q: I sent my Portfolio to you before my assessment was cancelled, do I need it to be returned?
A: If you sent your prints to us before we cancelled the assessments, please don't worry. You should have received an email stating that we have received your work. Your submission will be kept in our store room until we are able to resume the print assessments in the Autumn or until we are able to return it to you once travel and social distancing restrictions have been lifted.
Q: I haven't sent my Portfolio to you yet. When should I send it?
A: **Updated August 2020** Please try to ensure that your portfolio is delivered to RPS House on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday, as this is when a member of staff will be available to take delivery.
Portfolios can be personally delivered to us at RPS House. We will be following Government Guidelines and request that you do too. On arrival, we ask that you drop your portfolio off outside the main entrance, you will then be asked to step back to allow a member of staff to safely retrieve your portfolio. All portfolios will then be stored for a minimum of 72 hours before being unpacked.
Due to the changes of procedure, you may wish to consider paying for return postage. Please email email@example.com if you wish to add this to your booking.
Under no circumstances will you be allowed to enter RPS House.
Q: I'd like to attend an assessment taking place in the Autumn, will this be ok?
A: **Updated August 2020** Due to Covid-19 and the layout of our auditorium, we are unable to host our assessments with an audience present.
Q: How will print assessments be run between September & December?
A:**Updated August 2020** Physical prints can once again be assessed at RPS House. However, it has been necessary to make a few changes to the process to ensure the health and safety of our staff and volunteers. While RPS House remains closed to the public, each assessment will have a limited number of Distinctions staff and one print expert present.
The panel members and Chair will join the assessment via video. They will receive the digital images to assess against the criteria which is not reliant on seeing the physical prints. They will assess on content only; technical questions and concerns will be dealt with by the print expert.
- Visual Awareness
- Overall Impression
Associate & Fellowship Criteria:
- A Statement of Intent that defines the purpose of the work, identifying its aims and objectives.
- A cohesive body of work that depicts and communicates the aims and objectives set out in the Statement of intent.
- A body of work that communicates an individual’s vision and understanding.
It is important to make each assessment consistent and fair, so panel members will have the opportunity to ask the print expert to check any of the prints on their behalf and report back on the following:
- Camera work & Technical Quality
- A high level of technical ability using techniques and photographic practices appropriate to the subject.
- An appropriate and high level of understanding of craft and artistic presentation.
Please note: the print expert does not have a vote
Applicants also needs to show “a submission that demonstrates a distinctive and distinguished body of work” and also "The highest level of understanding of craft and artistic presentation" ( instead of high for the Associate).