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Middle Years Programme curriculum

The arts

The arts subject group of the curriculum encompasses:

  • visual arts
  • performing arts.

Children playing musical instruments

From the earliest times, artistic expression has been common to all cultures as human beings make statements through a variety of non-verbal forms and create objects that are aesthetically pleasing. Beyond barriers of language, the discovery of the cultural values of civilizations through their artistic production is one of the best ways to promote international understanding.

Students are brought into contact with the art forms and aesthetic values of other cultures as well as their own, and are helped to develop perceptions between ideas and art. They are also encouraged to identify particular creative abilities and to master techniques appropriate to that form of expression.

In addition, the course:

  • organizes learning around the creative cycle—a dynamic, ongoing process of sensing, planning, creating and evaluating art, and one in which all the senses are involved
  • encourages creative energy, communication, interaction and reflection
  • aims to help the student become a developing artist—one who is able to assess the level of skill and target the areas that need development
  • seeks to acquaint young people with the creations of men and women whose works have proved to be of enduring worth.

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Order IB publications relating to the arts.

Read about similar studies in the Primary Years Programme and Diploma Programme.