What is Visual Art?

Finding a definition of art has been a difficult question for artists and students for millennia and is still considered an ongoing topic of debate. Here at UISZ, IB students aim to discover the unique and original nature of art as a subject. Our unique approach helps students to investigate how images and objects are identified, created, categorised and made use of by different cultures and societies. 

This course aims to enable students to:

enjoy lifelong engagement with the arts

make artwork that is influenced by personal and cultural contexts

become informed and critical observers and makers of visual culture and media

develop skills, techniques and processes in order to communicate concepts and ideas.

Our IB curriculum involves the theory and practical knowledge of art and how it can be independently applied to a studio practice. Through that combination students can expect to learn and take with them lifelong skills such as;

Work independently to develop detailed and complex approaches to their own practice.

Advanced understanding of different media - Drawing, Painting, Photography, Digital Media & Graphic Design, and Film & Video.

Research Techniques - make cross cultural comparisons and connections in a chosen art form to produce independent research and integrate it into daily studio practice.

Reflection & Critical Assessment - develop ways to investigate students’ own ideas and practice - be able to critique students’ own and others' work and evaluate it in relation to the external visual arts.

Practices good studio etiquette.

Create an original artist’s statement based on their practice

The Visual Arts course is challenging and a student’s work should reflect a commitment to the course. Students need to be engaging, inspiring, creative, determined and above all, must have a love for the arts.



Theatre is a practical course that pushes students to explore the many processes and perspectives of performance as well as the elements of theatre including designing sets, costumes, lighting, sound and directing. There is an emphasis on theatre from different cultures and historical periods.

This course aims to enable students to:

experience and participate in a wide and varied range of theatre activities and develop proficiency in more than one area of theatre technique

become familiar with forms of theatre from their own and different cultures

explore different theatre traditions in their historical contexts

develop academic skills appropriate for the study and understanding of theatre

become reflective and critical practitioners in theatre

develop the confidence to explore, to experiment and to work individually and collaboratively on innovative projects, which should involve challenging established notions and conventions of theatre

understand the dynamic, holistic and evolving nature of theatre and the interdependencies of all aspects of this art form