Arts

Students choose courses from the following subject groups: studies in language and literature; language acquisition; individuals and societies; sciences; mathematics; and the arts.

Students may opt to study additional sciences, individuals and societies, or languages course, instead of a course in the arts.

The subjects in the arts allow a high degree of adaptability to different cultural contexts. The emphasis is on creativity in the context of disciplined, practical research into the relevant genres.

In addition, each subject is designed to foster critical, reflective, and informed practice, help students understand the dynamic and changing nature of the arts, explore the diversity of arts across time, place, and cultures, and express themselves with confidence and competence.

  • Visual arts

The visual arts are an integral part of everyday life, permeating all levels of human creativity, expression, communication, and understanding.

They range from traditional forms embedded in local and wider communities, societies and cultures, to the varied and divergent practices associated with new, emerging, and contemporary forms of visual language.

They may have a socio-political impact as well as ritual, spiritual, decorative, and functional value; they can be persuasive and subversive in some instances, enlightening and uplifting in others. We celebrate the visual arts not only in the way we create images and objects but also in the way we appreciate, enjoy, respect, and respond to the practices of art-making by others from around the world. Theories and practices in visual arts are dynamic and ever-changing and connect many areas of knowledge and human experience through individual and collaborative exploration, creative production, and critical interpretation.