Have you ever played Pictionary?

It's a game that requires the players to take turns to draw something according to the subject, object or action within a set time and the guesser has to give out the final answer based on the final picture.

Needless to say, this game relies a lot on one's drawing skills. There are two ways of looking at it.

Firstly, the image has to be drawn accurately (fits the theme and also our universal comprehension.). For instance, there is only one shape that comes to our mind when we think of durian.

Secondly, the image has to be drawn creatively. For example, what are certain keywords that come to our mind when we think of durian? King of fruits, right? So let's say if someone draws a crown amid a basket of fruits, we might be able to guess it too!  That's because our minds are drawn to the interpretation of visuals and images all the time. 

This is why visual arts lessons are significant in the Malaysian education system, even up to the Sijiil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) level.

In this article, we will be exploring the latest STPM Seni Visual examination format for each paper so that you will know what to expect for this subject if you have decided to enrol for Form 6 studies.

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Why You Should Register For The Seni Visual Subject During Your Form 6 Studies?

But first, it's important to identify the WHY of your decision to register for this subject. If you are still thinking twice, maybe you should look at these two points:

Point 1: You have previously taken the SPM Pendidikan Seni Visual paper (and probably did well!)

The experience of your SPM Pendidikan Seni Visual will certainly be a great help when you are preparing for your STPM Pendidikan Seni Visual throughout the three semesters later.

Throughout your secondary school level curriculum, you have managed to build a strong foundation on topics such as:

  • Catan
  • Seni cetak
  • Arca
  • Grafik
  • Multimedia 
  • Reka bentuk industri
  • Reka bentuk landskap
  • Reka bentuk hiasan dalaman 
  • Reka bentuk teknologi and many more 

That being said, you will be more confident when it comes to mastering the theoretical, practical and coursework components as well as the grading scheme for all the main papers on this subject.

Point 2: You are considering an art-related career after your STPM

This is a pretty practical decision. After all, the most direct pathway upon completing your STPM is an undergraduate degree. Your university application will stand out if you have an art-related pre-university qualification. Ultimately, the results of your STPM Seni Visual not only reflect your art capability but also display your commitment to being accepted to the art/design programme of your desire.

Furthermore, this subject will equip you with the necessary core drawing and art appreciation skills to transition smoothly when you enter university later.

Important tip: Remember to keep your drawings and artwork that you have produced throughout your SPM/STPM studies and compile them in a portfolio. It could come in handy during university applications or even job applications in the future.

What Is The Breakdown Of Structures for STPM Seni Visual Paper 1?

Now, let's look at how you will be tested throughout the three semesters for this subject.

For the first semester, you will sit for the Kertas 1: 970/1 Seni Visual 1 which revolves around topics on Apresiasi Seni Visual.

This centralised written test has three sections (Section A, Section B and Section C) and the duration of the exam is 2 hours. The total mark for Paper 1 is 80 marks, whereas the weightage for this paper is 40%.

You can refer below for a clear breakdown of the sections.:

Section A

  • Candidates will need to answer 4 structured questions.
  • The questions usually revolve around definitions, characteristics, and discussions of various art components.
  • The mark for this section is 35 marks.

Section B

  • Candidates have to answer only 2 essay questions out of 4 essay question options.
  • The questions asked in this section could be based on a specific visual art theme, specific illustration or specific art technique.
  • Each question is 15 marks, so the total mark for this section is 30 marks. 
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Writing essays is a big part of your STPM Pendidikan Seni Visual Paper 1.
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Section C

  • For this final section of Paper 1, candidates will answer 1 essay question out of 2 essay questions.
  • The questions require you to directly analyse and apply the various visual art elements that you have learnt throughout the semester.
  • The mark allocation for Section C is 15 marks.

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How Will You Be Tested For Your STPM Seni Visual Paper 2?

Next, let's move to what you will learn and be tested in the second semester for your STPM Seni Visual subject.

You will sit for a 100% centralied practical drawing test: which is 970/2 Seni Visual 2 (Lukisan dalam Pengkaryaan dan Perekaan).

There are two main formats for Paper 2 as shown below:

Format 1 [Seting]

  • Candidates will be tested on their drawing skills according to the scenario (a problem/point of view) that is given in the question.
  • The ways of "solving the problem" include how the candidates incorporate their knowledge of space, lines, lighting, expression, atmosphere, the usage of medium and techniques in the drawing. 
  • All of these above elements must contribute to the overall composition of the final drawing.
  • The final drawing must also reflect the correct arrangement (order) of subjects and objects that were mentioned in the question.

Format 2 [Gubahan]

  • Candidates will be tested on their drawing and adaptation skills to respond to the issue that is raised in the question.
  • The question under this format requires candidates to manipulate the nature of visual objects into new ideas and compositions through several sketches (lakaran).

Important note: Only dry mediums such as pencils, colour pencils, and oil pastels (media kering) are allowed to be used to answer the questions for these two formats.

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For Paper 2, you will create your drawings using dry mediums like colour pencils.
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Also, the duration of this paper is 3 hours and the mark allocation is 70 marks. The weightage of Paper 2 is 35%. 

How To Prepare Well For The STPM Seni Visual Coursework Project In The Final Semester?

For your third semester, you will need to produce a Projek Kajian Seni Visual [970/3]. There will be no other written assessments.

There are 3 important key points to take note of:

Firstly, you will be given 2 question options to choose from for this project. Secondly, you will carry out this project throughout the semester. Thirdly, your project will be graded entirely by your subject teacher (school-based assessment).

For this project, every candidate is required to:

  • Give a suggestion/proposal for their artwork [Cadangan pengkaryaan- 60%]
  • Execute the artwork [Penghasilan karya-40%]
  • Present and display thire final artwork [Persembahan dan peragaan-20%]

This is what your final artwork presentation should have :

  • Lakaran dan kajian visual
  • Lukisan akhir
  • Pemilihan media dan teknik, eksperimentasi, eksplorasi, dan manipulasi
  • Penentuan gaya penghasilan atau penampilan
  • Pendokumentasian proses penghasilan karya secara penulisan dan visual

The total mark for Paper 3 is 100 marks (which will be scaled to 50 marks), making the weightage of this paper 25%. 

Important tip: Remember to download the student manual for your project from the Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia (MPM) website.

Learn more tips to ace the overall tested components for your STPM Seni Visual.

What Can You Expect For STPM Seni Visual Kertas 4 (Private Candidates)?

If you are a private candidate who has registered for this subject, you will sit for Paper 4 (Teori Projek Kajian Seni Visual) instead of Paper 3 as a substitute for the school-based project assessment.

Here's what you should know:

  • Candidates will be informed of the question (scope and theme) beforehand and be given a week to do some research.
  • The actual examination will take place a week later where candidates have to produce sketches of what they have researched on the question.
  • Candidates will be externally evaluated based on their artwork concept (konsep karya), sketches (lakaran) and comprehensive sketches (lakaran comprehensive).
  • For your artwork concept, you can write them down on one page on the examination paper that is provided by MPM.
  • You can also elaborate on your artwork concepts and their characteristics in the sketches to justify your composition.
  • The duration of Paper 4 is 3 hours.
  • The mark allocation for this paper is 100 marks, the weightage is also 25%. 

Now, you are almost set to tackle your STPM Seni Visual subject for all the semesters.

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As you're preparing for these papers throughout the three semesters, we're pretty sure that you will appreciate a little extra personalised guidance from someone reliable.

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May this article help you to develop a comprehensive view of the examination structures of your STPM Seni Visual subject and hopefully score an A soon. 

By then, we're certain your drawing skills will shine beyond your Pictionary game sessions.

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