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Art and Design (Visual Arts) IB at Impington Village College

Course description

Art involves the making of objects that, through representing and expressing your ideas, helps you to make sense of your experience.

The language of art complements the literary, mathematical, scientific and factually based subjects as it is especially concerned with the complex mental processes involved in visual perception and aesthetic awareness.

For some experiences there are literally no words. When you use visual imagery you are not creating pictures of ideas which could be better expressed in words. You are formulating ideas using an essentially visual language. In the words of the artist Paul Klee, 'Having learned the language, the student should then use it to communicate his/her own vision.'

You will be expected to research your visual ideas independently and this will reveal your strengths in investigation, persistence, imagination, creative thinking and expression. This research will complement your studio work where you will acquire skills to enable you to produce work of quality. Students have experimented with a variety of media including screen printing, block relief printing, photography, painting with acrylics and oils and exploring 3D using clay, plaster and mixed media, metal and card. You will be encouraged to talk about your work at every stage of the course.

Course content

The course will be structured to include a variety of experiences which will involve visits to local artists, art galleries and museums, studying art from different cultures to your own as well as visiting major art exhibitions.

Students are encouraged to meet and study the work of local artists and recent experiences have included a discussion with conceptual textile artist Deanna Tyson and visiting Cambridge Open Studios. A regular feature of the sixth form course involves a printmaking workshop at the Curwen Print Studio in Linton. Students also made the most of having excellent museums locally and they have visited The Fitzwilliam Museum and Kettles Yard Gallery to support their course. In addition they were encouraged to keep up to date with the latest London exhibitions and visits were made to both The Tate Modern and Tate Britain. At higher land standard level the programme consists of two parts, both of which are compulsory:

A Studio (practical) work

This will include opportunities for the structured learning of the basic elements of art and design and for wide-ranging personal research of a more experimental nature.

B Research work

This will encourage adventurous and critical research. At each level students will have studio work and research workbooks in their course, although the emphasis on each will be different.


Aims and assessmentobjectives are the same at both HL and SL.

The course content for HL and SL may be the same but due to different amounts of time available for each student at HL, they have a greater opportunity to develop skills and ideas to produce a greater body of work and work of greater depth. Assessment criteria are differentiated according to option and level.

Entry requirements

It is not necessary to have taken GCSE Art, but upon application, the Art department will ask for submission of a portfolio that it willassess before an offer is made.

For the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB), a student should be a general all-round student, with at least 7 6-grades or higher at GCSE or level 2 equivalent and have a 6 grade or more in the subject s/he wishes to take at IB diploma higher level or as IB single-subject certificate.


International Baccalaureate subject grades range from 7 (best) to 1 (lowest).

IB Diploma pass ranges from total 45 points (maximum achievable ) to 24 points (minimum pass with 12 points across higher subjects)

Financial information

Some specialist Art equipment will be required.

Future opportunities

Art as further degree orlink with architecture, graphic design, fashion marketing, photography

Further information

For more information about choosing courses at Impington International Sixth Form please see Choosing your IB Programme or contact the sixth form

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 June 2017
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    • Impington International College is unusual, to say the least, and is possibly unique amongst state education providers. The chance for young people from all over the world to work and socialise together gives tremendous opportunities for broadening cultural horizons, increasing understanding and challenging preconceptions. Impington International College offers a wide range of courses and programmes: BTECs and, since 1991, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), followed recently by the International Baccalaureate Careers Programme (IBCP). At the heart of all of our provision is the IB mission statement, which aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. We actively encourage our students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. We have a good balance between overseas and UK students who come here to take the IBDP & IBCP and those who follow the BTEC route and others who are attracted by Impington’ s superb reputation in the area of Performance. We want outstanding achievement for all our students no matter what path they choose to follow. Our tutorial system and small class sizes ensure lots of individual attention but we encourage students to be independent and think for themselves. Our alumni are welcomed everywhere from Cambridge or St Andrew’s Universities, to The Place and Italia Conti; from Maastricht or Japan to UCAL. If you are prepared to challenge yourself to the full and if the opportunity to learn in an international environment motivates you, Impington International College will be the right place to prepare you for the next stage of your life.