Students should aim to foster the following characteristics during their time on the course:

  • Select and use tools and techniques of chosen visual art forms to create original 2-D and 3-D works
  • Develop strategies to investigate one’s own ideas and practice
  • Integrate independent research into daily studio work
  • Develop complex approaches to one’s own art form
  • Make cross cultural comparisons and connections in chosen art form
  • Reflect meaningfully on the work of other artists
  • Critique one’s own and others’ work and processes, using specialist vocabulary within the visual arts field


Syllabus and Assessment

Studio Work – Exhibition of up to 11 pieces at HL and 7 pieces at SL (40%)

Students submit for assessment a selection of resolved artworks from their exhibition. The selected pieces should show evidence of their technical accomplishment during the visual arts course and an understanding of the use of materials, ideas and practices appropriate to visual communication.

Process Portfolio Providing evidence of the developmental process – up to 25 slides at HL and 18 slides at SL (40%)

Students submit carefully selected materials which evidence their experimentation, exploration, manipulation and refinement of a variety of visual arts activities during the two-year course.

Comparative StudyAn evaluative illustrated document, comparing and contrasting the work of 3 artist and their work (20%)

Students analyse and compare different artworks by different artists. This independent critical and contextual investigation explores artworks, objects and artifacts from differing cultural contexts.


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