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We believe that creative expression is an essential element of a CIS education, and provide a rich and varied Arts Programme through core classes, electives, student clubs and a wide variety of co-curricular activities both after school and during the school day.

The Primary School Arts programme builds on students’ imaginations and channels their creative energies into music and visual arts. In Secondary, Year 7-11 students are able to go deeper in their chosen artistic disciplines, as well as discover new passions. Year 12-13 students have the option to continue their arts education with exceptional programming in film, music, theatre, visual arts, and design technology. 

Visual Arts 

In Primary School, students use a wide range of materials such as paint, clay, and papier-mâché to explore their creativity. They learn about basic concepts including form, scale, and colour. Projects are often linked to other classwork through team teaching in Integrated Studies.

In Secondary, Year 7-11 students build on their previous study to continue developing their artistic skills while gaining exposure to newer media and alternative processes. In Year 12-13, the visual arts curriculum focuses on making and creating, and empowers students to think creatively and critically about the world.


In Primary School, the goal of the music programme is to foster a life-long love of music through theory-based and skill-based practical musical experiences. 

In Secondary, Year 7-11 students build up their technical skills and knowledge, as well as their confidence, collaboration, and creativity through a variety of performance projects. In Year 12-13, the music curriculum aims to develop students’ skills so that they become confident performers and masters of the stage.

Through Music CCAs and the Private Music Programme, students have additional opportunities to pursue music outside of the classroom.


In Primary, Drama is woven into the Language Arts curriculum to promote self-expression, confidence, and collaboration. School productions are presented each year as part of the curriculum. 

The Year 7-11 Drama curriculum gives students the opportunity to work within the role of creator, designer, director or performer to collaboratively bring an idea from page to stage.

In Year 12-13, students explore theatre in a variety of contexts, engage in the processes of transforming ideas into action, and develop and apply theatre production, presentation and performance skills, working both independently and collaboratively.

Digital Arts 

Year 7-11 students have the option to study Digital Design or Product Design, which uses the design cycle as a tool to structure the inquiry and analysis of problems, the development of feasible solutions, the creation of solutions, and the testing and evaluation of the solution.

Year 12-13 students have the option to study Design Technology. Students build on their previous study and apply their thinking skills critically and creatively to identify and resolve complex social and technological problems.