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International Baccaulareate - Visual Arts at The Rochester Grammar School

Course description

The 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 proficiiency 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.

Course content

Each Visual Arts course (standard or higher level) consists of a comparative study, a process portfolio and a final exhibition. For higher level, students need to work within two different disciplines (e.g. 1: 2D drawing and painting, 2. digital media). There is no external set examination; students will develop their own creative process, which will culminate in the final exhibition.

Entry requirements

To study higher or standard level you will need to have a GCSE Art grade B. You will also need to have a keen interest in visiting art galleries and in the research and analysis of a vareity of art across different genres. The course enables you to work independently and create a personal body of work.


In order to gain access to The RGS Sixth Form, students must obtain 5 GCSE grades at A*-B (5+) including English Language and Mathematics.


Please see prospectus.

Future opportunities

Having studied Visual Arts through the IB, you will be able to continue your studies in the post 18 education system which may lead to work in any creative field, from gallery/exhibition curator, architect, design (graphic, jewellery, textile, fashion etc.) photographer, film work or alterantively you may choose a different career path which will allow your aesthetic sensibiliteis to inform your work for example town planning.

Further information

If youwish to study at RGS, please apply directly to the school.

Applicaiton forms and further information can be found on the school website

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Rochester Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 02 December 2016
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