Design Your Course to Fit
Design the course that meets the IB requirments, fits your school, your schedule, and your students using the resources available on this site. Everything you need is at hand.
The beauty of IB Visual Arts is the freedom allowed teachers in how they approach the structure and teaching of the subject. Your goal is to prepare students to meet the submission requirements, that can be found in the Assessment pages of the site, but how you get there is up to you.
When mapping your course, it is useful to always keep in mind the 3 overlapping areas that underpin the IB Art as set forth in the latest syllabus.
- Theoretical Practice
- Art Making Practice
- Curatorial Practice
Points to consider when designing your IB Art course
Help students develop good working habits in the Visual Journal from the start and with Design and Layout Skills for the Process Portfolio
And of course, ease the crunch that inevitably accompanies the final month/s before exams by planning well!! E submission Guidelines for deadlines
How do you integrate the various course requirements into your particular schedule and location?
When to do the CS?
Teachers and schools vary on the timing for the CS. One option might be to complete the bulk of the CS by the end of year 1 and add only the HL element ( connections with own art) early in year 2. On the other hand, SL students could very well complete the CS earlier in the course. Many teachers would prefer to have it finished by the end of year 1 simply to get it out of the way, but HL students benefit from choosing artworks that are relevant to their own interests, hence the argument for intorducing it end of year 1 and completing early in year 2. See Mapping a Course Outline
- Introduce The Comparative Study second half of year 1
- Show students the examples in the Comparative Study Gallery
- Give them a Summer CS Research
- First draft CS beginning of year 2
- Final draft before mid term break
Looking for a ready made Course Outline?
Mapping a Course Outline page has a hyperlinked 18 month course planner which you can modify to suit your specific needs. There is also a more basic signposted template you can customize General Course Outline
Unit Planners new feature: template and sample unit plans with links to ATL, ToK, assessment, learning skills, transfer goals etc. Simplify your life!