The Vienna International School prides itself on a very strong and successful arts programme. From music to visual and performing arts, the students have the ability to immerse themselves in the genre that best suits their talent. With highly qualified and dedicated artists and musicians as teachers, the students are able to develop and hone their skills, which allows them express themselves as confident and competent artists.
The music programme is essentially practical and creative. Students in all grades are encouraged to develop their own individual skills and interests in music as well as expand their broad base of expertise and musical knowledge. The curriculum focuses on performing, composing and listening skills.
We offer various additional programmes for students, that are further interested: Concert singers, Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced Band, as well as the String Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble and VISMA Instrumental Programme.
We offer a complete programme starting in Primary and progressing through to IB Visual Arts in the Secondary school. Art students develop the following understandings in the four strands of visual art:
- Creative processes
- Elements and principles of art and design
- Reflection and appreciation
- Visual art in society
“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” ~ Oscar Wilde ~
Drama is recognized as a subject that benefits the learning and development of children. There are three main strands to the effective use of drama: a means to build children’s confidence and develop their social skills; a teaching approach for exploring cross-curricular subjects and issues, and an aid in developing children’s performance and self-presentation skills. These strands often overlap or interact.
Each year, VIS produces a large theatrical show in December - alternating a musical or a drama performance. These include students from G6-G12. Rehearsals run after school and students are encouraged to engage in all aspects of the production: from acting to stage design, from sound and light to publicity, from making costumes to make up, etc. The play for this school year is the popular musical “Annie”, based upon the Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie.
VIS is an active member of the International Schools Theatre Association. Each year, we take students to the Middle School and the High School Festival, which are held in different locations every year.
In the last few years VIS reached out to include movement and dance into its performances. In 2017 VIS performed "Fantasy and Lies" based on Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg, in 2016 Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns.
As a modern art form, film emphasises the importance of visual imagery, technology and communication. VIS was the first school in Europe to pilot the IB Diploma Film course in 2001, which has since become an established subject in both the MYP and IB Diploma programmes. Film is currently available to G9-G12.