The aims of the DP Visual Arts are to encourage and enable students to:
- Enjoy lifelong engagement with the arts
- Become informed, reflective and critical practitioners in the arts
- Explore and value the diversity of the arts across time, place, and cultures
- Express ideas with confidence and competence
- Develop perceptual and analytical skills
- Make artwork influenced by personal and cultural contexts
- Become informed and critical observers and makers of visual culture
- Develop skills, techniques and processes in order to communicate concepts and ideas
Exhibition (40%) The final examination involves an end of course exhibition curated by the student themselves. The exhibition contains studio work created over the two years. Students will write both a curatorial rationale as well as a short statement for each of their exhibited pieces.The exhibition will be internally assessed and externally moderated.
Process Portfolio (40%) Students will submit a process portfolio showing their experimentation, artistic inspirations, reflections and overall development of studio. The process portfolio is externally examined.
Comparative study (20%) Students will analyze and compare artworks by different artists. The artworks should be from different cultures and contexts. The comparative study is externally examined.
Course Structure and Description:
Diploma visual art is a 2-year course chosen by the student as their group 6 subject. In this course students explore theoretical practice, art-making practice and curatorial practice. Students are expected to inform their work using both primary and secondary sources. Meeting artists and going to exhibitions outside school is expected. The culminating event of the course is a self-curated and assessed exhibition showcasing two years of study and studio practice.