Group 6 Creative Arts (Higher Level and Standard Level)

Film Studies (Higher Level and Standard Level)

The IB Film Studies course teaches both the theory and practice of filmmaking. It is designed to provide students with basic filmmaking skills and to expand their general knowledge about film, history and theory.

The course prepares the students to join an undergraduate course in film making or the arts. It also puts them in a good position for a basic job in the film or television industry.

This course has no written examination and is well-balanced between the theoretical and practical aspects of film making. It requires the students to produce three pieces of work:

The Production Portfolio (or Short Film)

Students are taught Hollywood script format and basic screenwriting rules, directing techniques, how to use basic digital film and editing technique. The short film must be accompanied by a piece of critical writing.

Independent Study

This is an academic piece which assesses the student’s ability to research and discuss an area of film theory and history. Students are expected to analyse films from at least two different cultures and it is a requirement that they undertake work and research into at least one culture unfamiliar to them.

The piece is set out in the form of a documentary film script.

Oral presentation

This 10 or 15 minute oral exam takes place towards the end of the final year of study. Students are expected to choose a sequence from a prescribed film and prepare an oral presentation analysing the scene in detail.

Theatre Arts (Higher Level and Standard Level)

In this course, students gain an understanding of the subject in contemporary society, throughout history and the world.

They explore all aspects of theatre through academic study, practical work, active involvement in productions, theatre visits, participation in workshops, watching film, listening to speakers, and visiting venues of interest such as The Globe Theatre.

Students develop their own dramatic and presentation skills as well as developing skills in the sourcing or design and construction of sets, costumes, props and in the technical areas of lighting and sound production.

As well as developing individual skills, students have extensive practice at working co-cooperatively in an ensemble which encourages an appreciation of other people’s attributes, contributions and skills.

Students are assessed for both practical and theoretical work and the course is divided into four areas for assessment:

• research investigation
• practical performance proposal
• independent project portfolio
• theatre performance and production presentation

The nature of theatre means that the course demands a high level of motivation and time commitment to practical projects. A previous active interest in drama is preferable but not essential.

As well as a variety of practical projects and theoretical learning, including the staging of a playscript from a director’s point of view, students are required to

study texts from varying theatrical traditions and cultures, thereby widening their appreciation of world theatre.

Drama Electives and Productions

Drama electives occurs after school twice a week and is open to all students in Grades 9-12 who can meet the individual and collective commitment required.

The run-up to a production is a very busy time and requires absolute commitment from all involved.

The electives begin with ensemble-building activities and progress to the rehearsal of a play or drama pieces for which there will be between two or three performances for school and public audiences usually in the second term.

Visual Arts (Higher Level and Standard Level)

The Grades 9-12 programme encourages students to develop their own visual language in a personal and increasingly sophisticated way. Great emphasis is placed on their use of workbooks, in which they record their research, conduct experimental development of their ideas, and reflect upon their progress.

The students may work with a range of media, both two and three dimensional, including printmaking, painting in a variety of media, and using digital media.

Emphasis is placed on process rather than a fixed outcome, and students are encouraged to develop a high degree of personal involvement in their artwork.

The two year  DP enables students to develop their personal visual language to a point where they are directing their own visual enquiry, behaving more like practising artists and designers than students.

Students keep research workbooks throughout the course, and great emphasis is placed on their ability to put their work and the work of other artists and designers into context, and on the development of their critical faculties.

Standard Level

Students have a choice of either:

Option A: This involves preparing an exhibition and portfolio of work and submitting research workbooks. At the end of the second year, students exhibit their work and submit their research workbooks to an external examiner.

Option B: This is designed for students whose interest in art is mainly critical, cultural and historical. They work mainly in their research workbooks, and also explore artistic techniques and ideas through studio work.

Higher Level

This course is designed for students who show considerable ability in this subject. The course starts with a series of exercises to challenge students’ preconceptions about the subject.

Projects become more student-directed throughout the two years, with the teacher’s role being that of guide, advisor and technician. Eventually the students prepare an exhibition, and submit all their workbooks for assessment at the end of the course.

An external examiner, who conducts an interview with the student in front of their exhibited work, assesses it.

Fine Arts Forum (required of all Visual Arts students)

We regularly visit exhibitions, or have artists leading workshops, and full use is made of London as an international arts capital. These trips provide students with many ideas, inspiration and research material. We also use this time to run life-drawing classes in which students draw from the human figure.

Music (Higher Level and Standard Level)

Students develop their knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively. Involving aspects of composition, performance and critical analysis of music, the course exposes students to forms, styles and functions of music from a wide range of historical and socio-cultural contexts.

Students create, participate in, and reflect upon music from their own background and those of others. They develop practical and communicative skills which provide them with the opportunity to engage in music for further study, as well as for lifetime enjoyment.

Music students are required to study musical perception.

Standard Level students in music are then required to choose one of three options:

  • creating
  • solo performing
  • group performing

Higher Level students are required to present examples of both creating and solo performing.

Through a variety of teaching approaches, all students will be encouraged to develop their creative and critical abilities and to enhance their appreciation and enjoyment of music.