The 3 Course Components

From 2 parts to 3

The new curriculum with first exams in 2016 has three assessed components. But the cake is not evenly cut! The introduction of the Comparative Study, the "newest" element if you like, is assessed at 20%, while the other 2 elements are 40% each of the final grade.


1. The Comparative Study 20% (External Assessment)

2. The Process Portfolio 40 % (External Assessment)

3. The Exhibition 40% (Internal assessment by teacher, external moderation by examiner)

Part 1: Comparative Study

An independent critical and contextual investigation that explores artworks, objects and artifacts from differing cultural contexts

The CS is not an extended essay: it is an investigative comparison that should strike a balance between visual and written content . There are many forms this could take.

The requirements for the CS

The pages submitted examine and compare at least three artworks at least two of which need to be by different artists.
The work selected for comparison should come from contrasting contexts (local, national, international and/or intercultural). Ideally students should see one of the works firsthand.
Acknowledge sources!
This is assessed on screen and should be presented accordingly.

SL 10-15 screens, HL 10-15 screens + 3-5 screens which analyze the extent to which their work has been influenced by the art and artists examined.

For examples, assessment and discussion of the CS go to Part 1,The Comparative Study

Part 2: The Process Portfolio

A documentation of the students artistic experience during the course, both visual and written.

Students compile carefully selected materials which show their experimentation, exploration, manipulation and refinement of a variety of visual arts activities during the two-year course. Pages from the Visual Journal can be included here, as can unresolved pieces, documenting the development of ideas and artwork. This is submitted as a digital file and viewed on screen therefor a landscape format ( horizontal) is preferable.


SL students submit 9–18 pages ( screens)
HL students submit 13–25 pages (screens)

For examples, assessment and discussion of the PP go to Part 2, Process Portfolio

Part 3: The Exhibition

Students present a body of work accompanied by reflection showing critical understanding and awareness of context.

Students submit for assessment a selection of resolved artworks from their final exhibition. The selected pieces should show evidence of their technical accomplishment during the visual arts course and an understanding of the use of materials, ideas and practices appropriate to visual communication.

The assessed requirements are a written "curatorial rational" that explains the work chosen for the exhibit and the intentions behind the work, and a small body of artworks, appropriately documented, with exhibition texts for each piece. This is also submitted as a digital file and viewed on screen.

For examples, assessment and discussion of the Exhibition go to Part 3, The Exhibition

For more about Curating and what this means for the IB Art student go to Curatorial Practice

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