Visual Arts IB SL and HL General Description
The course, open to students in 11th through to 12th grade, is a two-year program, either in SL or HL for highly motivated students committed to serious study in art. The Diploma Visual Arts program enables students to engage in both practical exploration and independent critical investigation. The course is designed to enable students to study visual arts at a higher level and also welcomes those students who seek life enrichment through visual arts. There are no strict IB guidelines for the media students choose to create their artworks. Quality work in visual arts can be produced by students at both Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL). The aims and assessment objectives are the same for students at both HL and SL: 20% Comparative Study, 40% Process Portfolio and 40% Exhibition. Through a variety of teaching approaches, all students are encouraged to develop their creative and critical abilities and to enhance their knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of visual arts. The course content for HL and SL may be the same. However, due to the different amount of time available, students at HL level are required to produce a larger body of work, or work in greater depth (HL 8-11 Studio Works and SL 4-7 Studio Works). In order to reflect this, the assessment criteria are differentiated according to option and level. The number of works produced, the time spent on each, and the quality achieved may vary from student to student: a high level of performance at either HL or SL can be achieved in both a large or a smaller body of work.
Visual Arts HL II Description
This course is open to students completing the IB diploma. During the first year students explore concepts, materials and techniques. Emphasis is on developing artistic skills, experimentation, research, critical thinking and problem solving. The course content for HL and SL may be the same and students have the opportunity to develop ideas and skills. However, due to the different IB requirements for each, HL students produce a larger body of work, submitting 8-11 studio works. In order to reflect this, the assessment criteria are differentiated according to option and level. Course work involves three main components required by IB:
- 20% Comparative Study
- 40% Process Portfolio
- 40% Exhibition
Students are required to spend time outside the classroom working on studio assignments and their process journal.
Students taking this course will be required to take the IB external examination in their senior year.
(Note: Fees for this assessment are set by the International Baccalaureate Organization).