The Arts: Visual Arts

What will you do on this course?


We offer facilities for a very wide range of possibilities in Fine Art, Three-Dimensional Design, Photography and lens-based media, and Textiles. Students can work in areas as diverse as glass casting, installation art, beautiful and functional ceramics, digital film making and animation, traditional watercolour, oil painting, and printmaking techniques such as etching and screen printing. The IB in Visual Arts has three basic components, a comparative study, process portfolio and exhibition. Students are encouraged to explore their own cultural roots and their journals may develop marked themes, and should strongly reflect the students’ own artistic interests, complementing the practical work that they do, charting how their work has developed, allowing the examiner to understand the studio work that the student has produced, and to see the breadth and depth of the study that the student has undertaken. The exhibition comprises a selection of the practical work that students produce over the five term course.

How will you be assessed?

Students mount a final exhibition of their studio work in the February/March of the second year then photograph a specified number of representative pieces from their exhibition, along with a selection of pages from their workbooks, their comparative study presentation, and a curatorial statement, and these slides are uploaded to the IB site to be examined. The number of work book pages, final pieces, and extent of the study is dependent on the specific option that the student has chosen.

Comparative Study 20%

Process Portfolio 40%

Exhibition 40%

What could this course lead to?

Art is a highly regarded subject and a good foundation for any number of courses involving artistic creativity and research. Many of our students progress to the top London colleges such as the University of the Arts and Central St. Martins School of Art.

Further study in Art and its subsidiaries include: Photography, Graphic Design, Fashion, Interior Design, Textiles, Art History, and many more besides, which might lead to a wide range of professions as diverse as architect, designer, illustrator, photographer, director, curator, arts administration, product designer etc..