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IBDP Visual Arts at Broadgreen International School

Course description

The impulse to make art is common to all people. From earliest times, human beings have displayed a fundamental need to create, and to communicate personal and cultural meaning through art. Visual arts continually open up new possibilities and challenge traditional boundaries. This is evident both in the way we make art and in the way we understand what artists from around the world do. Theory and practice in visual arts are dynamic and ever-changing, and connect many areas of study and human experience through individual and collaborative production and interpretation. The Diploma Programme visual arts course enables students to engage in both practical exploration and artistic production, and in independent contextual, visual and critical investigation. The course is designed to enable students to study visual arts in higher education and also welcomes those students who seek life enrichment through visual arts.

Quality work in visual arts can be produced by students at both HL and SL. The aims and assessment objectives are the same for visual arts students at both HL and SL. Through a variety of teaching approaches, all students are encouraged to develop their creative and critical abilities and to enhance their knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of visual arts.

Entry requirements

Grades A*-C in at least 6 GCSE subjects. Of these, English and Maths must be at Grade C or above. It would be advantageous to have a GCSE in Art & Design (A*-C) or equivalent.  As well as an academic requirement, we expect you to demonstrate an interest in world events and a commitment to making a difference in your community. World citizenship is at the heart of the IB philosophy and we will be discussing your interests, experiences and aspirations at your interview.

The Diploma Programme visual arts course is designed to offer students the opportunity to build on prior experience whilst encouraging them to develop and use new skills, techniques and ideas. While, it is possible to take the Diploma Programme Visual Arts course with no previous experience.

 If a student has no formal Art qualifications, they must have a strong interest or ability in the subject, which they can demonstrate through a portfolio of their work. All students must have a strong work ethic and commit to the subject, in addition to lesson time.


Assessment of the course consists of:

1. Comparative study (20%) students will submit 10–15 screens, which examine and compare at least three artworks, objects or artefacts, at least two of which need to be by different artists.

2. Process Portfolio ( 40%) students submit 13–25 screens, which evidence their sustained experimentation, exploration, manipulation and refinement of a variety of art-making activities. The submitted work must have been created in at least three art-making forms.

3. Exhibition (40%) - The final exhibition provides an assessment platform for both SL and HL students to showcase the final product of their art-making processes, they will select between 8-11 final outcomes. It allows for the assessment of the observable qualities of technical resolution, the successful communication of ideas and the synthesis of form and function.

Future opportunities

The Visual Arts IB will prepare students to progress into Further and Higher Education Degree courses in creative areas such as ceramic design, textiles, fashion, graphic design, digital and multimedia, fine art and architecture. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Broadgreen International School directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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