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Visual Arts IB SL & HL Level 3 Group 6 at Tonbridge Grammar School

Course description

The course provides thoughtful, meaningful and harmonious balance to academic pursuits by encouraging students to interact with other subjects for inspiration. It is an intensive and intellectual pursuit that encourages students to open their eyes and respond to the visual world around them. Through exploring ideas and engaging with the creative process, students aim to locate their ideas within personal and international contexts. 

Course content

Students follow a course of workshops that embed skills and give greater confidence within drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, textiles, mixed media, and digital media. Over a period of time students identify strengths and weaknesses to allow them to develop their own personal journey of discovery and set their own targets and goals. 

Entry requirements

All candidates should have GCSE Grade 6 or above (or its equivalent) in English, Mathematics, at least one Science and one language where studied. Where equivalence cannot be established the School will set appropriate I/GCSE papers to confirm that the applicant is capable of satisfying the academic profile required for the subjects to be studied and the IB Diploma Programme as a whole.


The Process Portfolio: Students keep an investigative journal to track their ideas and influences. This becomes evidence of sustained experimentation, exploration, manipulation and refinement of a variety of artmaking activities, culminating in the presentation of these experiments in an e-portfolio. (Externally assessed, 40%)

The Comparative Study: Students consider in more detail at least 3 different artefacts. Higher Level students will make connections to their own creations. (Externally assessed, 20%)

The Exhibition: Students consider the themes they have explored which link these outcomes to form a curatorial rationale in an exhibition of their work at the end of the course. (Internally assessed, 40%) 

Future opportunities

Students are encouraged, and have opted, to complete foundation courses in both London and Birmingham before completing their specified degree. Former students have studied History of Art and Architecture degrees at the Courtauld Institute, UCL and Oxford Brookes.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 September 2016
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