Group 6 (Arts)


Courses offered:
Visual Arts (SL, HL)

The impulse to make art is common to all people. From earliest times, human beings have displayed a fundamental need to create and communicate personal and cultural meaning through art. The process involved in the study and production of visual arts is central to developing capable, inquiring and knowledgeable young people, and encourages students to locate their ideas within international contexts. The course encourages an active exploration of visual arts within the students' own and other cultural contexts. The study of visual arts and the journey within it encourages respect for cultural and aesthetic differences and promotes creative thinking and problem solving. Visual arts continually create new possibilities and can 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, ever changing and connect many areas of study and human experience through individual and collaborative production and interpretation.

New ways of expressing ideas help to make visual arts one of the most interesting and challenging areas of learning and experience. The processes of designing and making art require a high level of cognitive activity that is both intellectual and affective. Engagement in the arts promotes a sense of identity and makes a unique contribution to the lifelong learning of each student. Study of visual arts provides students with the opportunity to develop a critical and intensely personal view of themselves in relation to the world.

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, with Option A students focusing more on the former and Option B students on the latter. At MEF, Option A is generally taught. 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.

The aims of the Visual Arts course at HL and SL are to enable students to

Investigate past, present and emerging forms of visual arts and engage in producing, appreciating and
evaluating these
Develop an understanding of visual arts from a local, national and international perspective
Build confidence in responding visually and creatively to personal and cultural experiences
Develop skills in, and sensitivity to, the creation of works that reflect active and individual involvement
Take responsibility for the direction of their learning through the acquisition of effective working

Option A:

External assessment
The student prepares a selection of his or her studio work in the form of an exhibition. This is externally assessed by a visiting examiner following an interview with the student about the work. For HL candidates, a selection of 12-18 photographs representing the work produced is submitted, whereas for SL candidates, 8-12 photographs are submitted.

Internal assessment
The student presents selected pages of his or her investigation workbooks that have been produced during the course. This selection is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IBO at the end of the course. HL candidates submit 25-30 A4/letter-size copies of workbook, while SL candidates submit 15-20.

* Studio refers to the studio work the student selects for inclusion in the candidate record booklet;
* Investigation refers to the selection of pages from the investigation workbooks for inclusion in
the candidate record booklet.

Group 6 - Visual Arts (HL/SL) Assessment Outline
HL SL % of Final Grade
Exhibition of works Exhibition of works 60 (HL) /  60 (SL)
Investigation workbooks Investigation workbooks 40 (HL) / 40 (SL)