The arts are basic to education at ISB. They serve to enhance the individual’s self-esteem and confidence to develop imaginative ideas and convey these to others. Heightened perception and knowledge can provide a stimulus which has an impact on all learning. Education in the visual and performing arts often leads to a lifelong interest and involvement in the arts.


Studio art classes in secondary school take place regularly and student work is widely displayed throughout the school.



EL1 through 3, Grades 1 through 5

Art is a fundamental component of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and is integrated into all topic activities.


Secondary Visual Arts

Grades 6 through 8

Art is a separate subject within the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) and plays an important role in the "Big Idea". Visual arts at ISB offer students the opportunity to explore a variety of materials and tools in a number of dedicated studios. By studying art in an international environment, students gain insights into their own culture, as well as more awareness of cultural diversity. In any case, exploring media and developing skills is an enjoyable and exciting process.

IGCSE - Grades 9 and 10

Art is a separate academic subject with a formal secondary examination at the end of Grade 10 and students prepare for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in Visual Arts and Design. The exam takes place in spring and involves the creation of two-dimensional works through direct observation and interpretation, as well as addressing design briefs.

IBDP - Grades 11 and 12

Visual arts in the International Baccalaureate (IBDP) involves a two-year programme consisting of two components: studio work (60%) and research (40%). Students chose visual arts as a 6th subject at higher or standard level.


The course concludes with an external examination, consisting of an electronic exhibition of work.


Please view the Art exhibition presentations in our Showcase of students' work.