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Visual Arts

  • The IB Diploma Programme visual arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries.
  • It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers.
  • In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media.
  • The course is designed for students who want to go on to further study of visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts.
  • Make artwork that is influenced by personal and cultural contexts
  • Become informed and critical observers and makers of visual culture and media
  • Develop skills, techniques and processes in order to communicate concepts and ideas.
  • Visual arts in context
  • Visual arts methods
  • Communicating visual arts

    • To what extent is artistic knowledge something which cannot be expressed in any other way?
    • Are ways of knowing employed in radically different ways in the arts than in other areas of knowledge?
    • To what extent does imagination play a special role in the visual arts?
    • What moral responsibilities do artists have?
    • How can the subjective viewpoint of an individual contribute to knowledge in the arts?
    • What are the standards by which we judge artworks?

    Comparative study
    10–15 screens which examine and compare at least 3 artworks, at least 2 of which need to be by different artists 3–5 screens which analyse the extent to which the student’s work and practices have been influenced by the art and artists examined
    A list of sources used

    Process portfolio
    13–25 screens which evidence sustained experimentation, exploration, manipulation and refinement of a variety of art-making activities

    A curatorial rationale that does not exceed 700 words
    8–11 artworks
    Exhibition text (stating the title, medium, size and intention) for each artwork

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