The Arts

Visual Arts The Visual Arts programme at UISG consists of purpose-built spacious classrooms where students can study art with both 2D and 3D mediums and processes. Our inquiry-based programme focuses on transdisciplinary learning as well as creative expression. Students explore the visual arts within the context of history, culture, community and personal creative identity. Students view and examine classical and contemporary artworks from a wide variety of mediums and styles.

In the Primary School, students have many opportunities to work independently or in group settings to explore different media; from drawing to charcoal, painting to 3D sculpture, clay to photography, and video.

In the Secondary School, Visual Art classes are designed to develop techniques and aesthetic values. Students are encouraged to participate in the choice of media and format their work according to their individual interpretation of assignments. As students begin their specialism in the visual arts, they are encouraged to develop their work with mediums and techniques, which reflect their personal ideas, strengths and interests, whilst still developing their skills and knowledge of the specialist subject. Year 12 students have the opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional gallery space, opening up their work to the local and international community.

UISG students have the opportunity to create artworks by drawing, painting, photography, digital art, collage, textile art, printmaking, ceramics; and sculpture with plaster, wood, metals and other recycled materials. Art field trips enable students to gather ideas for their art-making and experience first-hand artworks, performances and presentations. Students participate in ACAMIS ACE Workshops to develop advanced skills.


Music at UISG is delivered as a practical subject; learning through inquiry and investigation. Students attend weekly music classes in which they learn and play a variety of instruments, including the recorder, keyboard, drums, guitar, xylophone, marimbas, violin and other band instruments. In addition to knowing and understanding music, students learn to develop their practical and composition skills, creativity and response to musical contexts. Topics are chosen to cover music, including Western classical music, pop and jazz, to world music from all around the globe.

As students’ progress through their school years, they can expect to develop their knowledge and understanding to a more advanced level and gain valuable performing opportunities in the annual Battle of the Bands event, festivals, and more. Traditionally, the IBDP classes are small, which allows for more individual attention and contributes to a very high pass rate. Students can also elect to take individual music lessons within the school day on instruments that include violin, piano, guitar, flute, saxophone and clarinet.

There are many opportunities for students to be involved in music outside the classroom. All of the Music AOC's at UISG have a high level of participation and our students perform in events throughout the year. We include choirs, orchestra, jazz band, the school production, music club, rock band, band rehearsals, marimba group, hip-hop dance and cheerleaders. UISG is a member of Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS) and International Schools Music Association of Guangzhou (ISMAG), which host events such as Arts and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) workshops, an annual sing up and interschool Battle of the Bands.


Students in Drama develop a foundational understanding of the key elements of theatrical performance and production. This exciting, interactive subject is designed to identify and develop theatrical skills, while encouraging inquiry and artistic exploration. Students study the works of various playwrights and produce an abridged play, focusing on all areas of production from acting to set design, and lighting to music. Students explore relevant theatrical forms such as mime, puppetry, clown, script development, realistic drama and musical Theatre.

In the IB Diploma Programme, Theatre Studies build advanced skills, providing an opportunity for students to explore and develop their artistic voice more fully. By creating both Solo and Collaborative theatre pieces, a Research Presentation and a Directors Notebook, students develop a comprehensive understanding of set, lighting and costume design as well as acting and directorial skills. Students study various theatre styles such as Shakespeare, Stanislavski, Ibsen, Japanese Kabuki, Italian Commedia dell'arte, and Korean Mask Theatre to fully develop understanding of theatre, theatre history, and the relevance of theatrical tradition and artistic expression across culture. This exciting and dynamic subject is designed to provide students with the technical and theoretical skills to pursue a career in the dramatic arts.