IB Visual Arts HL II A & B

  • Course Description:

    The focus of the IB Visual Arts HL course will be to enable the student to acquire new knowledge about artists and cultures of the past and present, critically analyze works of art, explore various art media and styles, and develop his/her own artistic endeavors.  The purpose is to broaden the horizons of the IN student to include international perspectives through the unique venue of the visual arts as well as creating an atmosphere of introspection where the student can create personally meaningful artwork.

    The student will be required to spend 252 hours of classroom time over a period of two years (4 semesters). The amount of time spent on studio work or research work will depend on the student's choices. This course is graded on a 5-point scale.

    Course Information:

    The IB Diploma Program Visual Arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is intended to be 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. (IB VA Guide, p. 6)

    Through this course students should learn not only about arts from a variety of cultural contexts, but also about the importance of making their own practical work with integrity, informed by theory and research, with an awareness of the impact of their ideas and work may have on the world.

    Course Aims: 

    Students will…

    1. enjoy lifelong engagement with the arts
    2. become informed, reflective and critical practitioners in the arts
    3. understand the dynamic and changing nature of the arts
    4. explore and value the diversity of the arts across time, place and cultures
    5. express ideas with confidence and competence
    6. develop perceptual and analytical skills.

    In addition, the aims of the visual arts HL are to enable students to:

    1. make artwork that is influenced by personal and cultural contexts
    2. become informed and critical observers and makers of visual culture and media
    3. develop skills, techniques and processes in order to communicate concepts and ideas.

    (IB VA Guide, p. 17)

    Material cited from: Diploma Programme: Visual Arts Guide © International Baccalaureate Organization, February 2014, updated February 2017.