This is a two year course: Higher Level is the equivalent of one A level and Standard Level is the equivalent of one half A level. This can be taken in a combination with other level 3 courses (including A level, IB and vocational).
If taken in one of the following three combinations, then students will be enrolled on the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP).
- One vocational course + two Higher Level IB courses.
- One vocational course + one A level + two IB courses at any level.
- Two vocational courses + two IB courses at any level.
Completing the IBCP will allow students to gain extra UCAS points through the reflective project.
The visual arts are an integral part of everyday life, permeating all levels of human creativity, expression, communication and understanding.
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.
Task 1: Comparative study
- Students analyse and compare different artworks by different artists. This independent critical and contextual investigation explores artworks, objects and artifacts from differing cultural contexts.
Task 2: Process Portfolio
- 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.
Task 3: Exhibition
- 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.
60% external assessment consisting of comparative study and process portfolio
40% internal assessment consisting of an exhibition of your own works
Grade 4 in GCSE English and 4 in GCSE art.
The IBCP (International Baccalaureate Career-related Pathway) is globally recognised and accepted by universities around the world. Some competitive university courses ask for specific IB subjects to have been studied as part of the Baccalaureate programme of study. We recommend that you research current grade requirements for that subject on www.ucas.com and filter for the International Baccalaureate.
The course is designed for students who want to go on to study visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts.