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Visual Arts (Higher & Standard) International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme at Notley High School and Braintree sixth form

Course description

Study of the Visual Arts offers a unique and personal experience, uniting intellectual activity with self-expression. Students will have the opportunity to develop their technical skills and to explore drawing, 3D work in clay & other materials, printmaking, painting and the use of digital media.

Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to work independently to creatively develop their own perspectives and approaches. There will be an integrated relationship between studio work and investigation work throughout.

There are two possible pathways on the IB Visual Arts course: Option A is designed for students who wish to concentrate on studio practice in visual arts. Option B is designed for students who wish to concentrate on contextual, visual and critical investigation in visual arts.

What is an IB Diploma?

Students on the IB Diploma study six subjects, and follow three core development programmes. The six subjects must be chosen from carefully defined groups of subjects so that students will all include English, Maths, a second language, a science and a humanity amongst their studies.

The nine parts of the diploma (6 subjects + 3 core development programmes) are as follows:

Subject 1: the main fluent language

Subject 2: a second language which can be studied at a more advanced level (language B) or at a beginner’s level

Subject 3: a subject from the Individuals and Societies group of subjects. This is broadly humanities

Subject 4: a science subject. This includes both traditional separate sciences as well as a combined science and geography course (Environmental Systems)

Subject 5: a Maths subject                         

Subject 6: an arts subject or a second subject from one of the other 5 groups of subjects

Core 1: an extended essay of 4000 words which students write on a topic of their own choice

Core 2: a ToK (Theory of Knowledge) course which involves learning about the nature of knowledge and its limitations

Core 3: CAS (Creativity, Action, Service). This is a personal development programme which students follow, typically for an afternoon a week over the two year course. Students must involve themselves in activities which develop their creativity, their active involvement and their community service

Entry requirements

If GCSE Art/Textiles or Graphics has been taken a grade B is required. Admission to the course is conditional upon production of a portfolio of work that demonstrates an appropriate level of skill and commitment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Notley High School and Braintree sixth form directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September