MYP Arts

In MYP Arts you will create, perform and present arts in ways that engage and convey feelings, experiences and ideas as artists, as well as learners of the arts. It is through this practice that you will acquire new skills and master arts skills developed in your prior learning.

Arts in the MYP will stimulate your imaginations, challenge perceptions and develop creative and analytical skills. Involvement in the arts encourages you to understand the arts in context and the cultural histories of artworks, thus supporting your understanding of an inquiring and empathetic world view.

At ABA, we organize the study of three arts in the MYP as discrete disciplines, focusing on Visual Art, Drama and Music in separate courses.

MYP Arts Assessment Criteria 

Criteria A:

Knowing and understanding

Criteria B:

Developing skills

Criteria C:

Thinking creatively

Criteria D :



Course Options

Visual Arts

If you enjoy art and design, and want to refine your use of visual language, and are excited about developing as an artist then this course is an excellent preparation for the Visual Arts IB Diploma course. The overall goal of the grade 9/10 Visual Art course is for students to become more independent creative thinkers and over the two year’s students make a shift from teacher directed work to more individual interpretation of unit themes.


Drama in the MYP engages you in an active relationship with and encourages the growth of creative, reflective and communication skills through practical work. Emphasis is placed on the artistic process (investigation, planning, goal setting, rehearsing, performing, reflection and evaluation) and the students’ understanding of this process as an essential component to their artistic development.


MYP Music gives you access to musical experiences that allow for the development of thinking skills, intuitive skills, practical abilities, communication and the ability to relate to others. Engagement with existing and emerging music from the local community and from around the world allows you to understand the significance of music to the cultures of the world and, by engaging in practical work, to develop understanding of how the act of making music is a significant and universal aspect of human expression.

What to expect in an MYP Arts ePortfolio? 

Task 1—Presentation (criteria A and D), an individual presentation of investigations into the work of master artists, theorists/practitioners; critical appreciation of completed work by an artist studied in the unit and the relationship between the work and its context

Task 2—Proposal (criterion C), a carefully chosen selection of process journal extracts to show evidence of the student’s artistic intention and demonstrate a range of creative-thinking behaviours related to the statement of inquiry

Task 3—Process and product (criteria B and C), evidence of skills and techniques acquired, developed and applied; exploration of artistic ideas; evidence of product created, performed or presented

Task 4—Commentary (criteria A and D), the student’s understanding of the unit and the possible application to new settings; evidence of the application of investigation on the development of the student’s own artwork; critical appreciation of the student’s own work and its impact on the world

Student achievement in MYP Arts is assessed as an ePortfolio at the end of MYP5