Students transition into the IB Visual Arts program, and undertake various challenges that require a synthesis of ideas, visual communication, and art production—all researched and incorporated into student work in both their process portfolio and studio work. Students learn about art making practices across historical and cultural boundaries. Students use varied media and incorporate their historical and cultural knowledge while expressing their unique perspectives on a variety of themes.
A comparative research paper about the works of several artists instructs students in areas of art criticism, aesthetics, and art history. Photography, art history, painting, and drawing, which explore similar themes, are taught as elective courses.