The IB requires students to select six subjects. They must take one from each of the six groups: three at higher level (HL) and three at standard level (SL).
Art IB offers an introduction to a variety of media including: drawing, painting with water, acrylic or oil, clay pottery, screen-printing, sculpture, plaster-casting and more. The student is encouraged to go deeper into one or more of these to begin to uncover a personal mode of artistic expression. Students explore the work of artists from the ancient world to the present day in a practical way through their personal workbook and create a set number of works for exhibition. Skills developed include familiarity with media and techniques to help the student explore her/his own ideas. There are no formal prerequisites for this course, though it demands the interest to learn by doing and the perseverance to develop through creating work.
The Diploma Program Dance curriculum aims for a holistic approach to dance, and embraces a variety of dance traditions and dance cultures. This program provides a range of opportunities for students to experience dance, from performance and production to technique and theory. Performance, creative and analytic skills are mutually developed and valued whether the students are writing papers or creating/performing dances. At UWC Mahindra College, students are exposed to dance styles from India, Turkey, Indonesia, and Africa and engage in a practical and theoretical exploration of these cultures and contexts. No prior experience with dance is needed to take this course.
The Theatre Arts course is a cohesive blend of theory and practice, aiming to equip students with the tools to both create and critically analyse the broad realm of theatre and performance. The first semester centres on the theme of Theatre for Social and Political Change, and invokes artists like Bertolt Brecht, Augusto Boal, Habib Tanvir, Safdar Hashmi, and Badal Sircar. In the second semester we move onto looking at Theatre Histories and consider the evolution of theatre in Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. In this effort, the students are introduced to various writers and practitioners from across the globe, and explore their ideas through small group assignments. Some examples of the work we look at includes: Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Anna Deavere Smith, Sanskrit Drama, and Antonin Artaud, to name a few. In the second year, Theatre Arts students move on to looking at the broad realm of Performance Studies, and along with skill building in acting, writing, directing and design, students study the ideas put forth by performance theorists like Diana Taylor, Richard Schechner and Rustom Bharucha. No prior experience with theatre is needed to take this course.
Film Studies for the IB diploma offers the UWC Mahindra College student not only an introduction to the history and theory of the art of film, but also a practical exploration into the filmmaking process. The course does not build on any previous learning experience but navigates the student through some basic knowledge, concepts and skills to be developed over a two year period. At the end of the course, the student not only gets a taste of theory and practice, but also learns that filmmaking is a highly collaborative process involving massive detailed preparation and good time management. No prior experience with film is needed to take this course and the college has cameras and equipment available for students to use.