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I.B Visual Arts at The Skinners' Kent Academy

Course description

The course 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. 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.

The course encourages students to actively explore the visual arts within and across a variety of local, regional, national, international and intercultural contexts. Through inquiry, investigation, reflection and creative application, Visual Arts students develop an appreciation for the expressive and aesthetic diversity in the world around them, becoming critically informed makers and consumers of visual culture.



Course content

The course consists of three sections:

1. The Comparative Study - an independent critical and contextual investigation that explores artworks, objects and artifacts from differing cultural contexts.

2. The Process Portfolio - a documentation of the students artistic experience during the course, both visual and artistic.

3. The Exhibition - the student presents a body of work 8 to 11 pieces accompanied by reflection (700 word max) showing critical understanding and awareness of  context.




Entry requirements

General Entry Requirement for The Skinners’ Kent Academy Sixth Form

Minimum of GCSE grade 5 (G5) in English and Mathematics plus 3 other GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C)

Subject specific minimum entry requirements are:

Visual Arts: G5 or higher in English and G6/ B Grade or higher in any Art & Design or Design Technology related subject.

(In the absence of the minimum Grades, students should provide evidence of skills in the form of a design portfolio)



Each of the sections attracts the following proportion of marks :

 1. The Comparative Study  - 20% (External Assessment)

2. The Process Portfolio - 40% (External Assessment)

3. The Exhibition - 40% (Internal Assessment by teacher, external moderation by examiner.)


Future opportunities

Studying the visual arts diploma can lead to higher education courses in art & design and enables you to develop the skills needed in areas such as fashion design and graphic design. It can also lead to creative roles in sectors like media and internet, teaching and education and marketing advertising and PR.

Further information





Contact Skinners’ Kent Academy 01892 534377


We are considering a wider range of IB and vocational subjects than is shown on the website and if there are any specific questions about the course or the subjects on offer that students should contact us directly.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 22 November 2017
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