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BST students sewing an art piece
Creative Arts and Sport opportunities are central to the fully enriched learning experience students receive at the British School in Tokyo (BST). The health, personal and character benefits that these experiences provide are considerable. Developing talents and establishing positive habits that last a lifetime, begin the moment students join BST.
BST students making art pieces

In the Primary School, the art curriculum includes drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture work whilst also encouraging an appreciation of a range of world artists and sculptures. Through a range of innovative and colourful projects we aim to foster skills, knowledge and a love of creativity that will stay with the students for life.

Art and Design Technology lessons take place within inquiry units. The Primary School students are given the opportunity to develop a range of practical skills and techniques, learning to reflect on and evaluate present and past design whilst incorporating and extending their own imaginative ideas.

In the Secondary School, the Art and Design Curriculum provides students with opportunities to explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences in order to communicate ideas and meanings. It is important that our students reflect critically on their own and other people’s work through given themes, judging quality, value and meaning.

In Years 7-9, all students explore a wide range of media and ideas, developing creativity and critical thinking through the subject.

In Years 10 and 11, we offer GCSE Photography and Art (Edexcel) which are both popular subjects. We encourage students to develop their visual language in a wider and more experimental form to appreciate and achieve artistic intensions.

In Years 12 and 13, our students enjoy small classes, which promote individual guidance. We offer AS and A Level Art and Graphic Design (Edexcel) and, for those who wish to specialise, we prepare students for entry to Foundation courses in the UK. All A level students are provided with their own working environment and they are encouraged to develop their work during study periods and after school.

We have two art rooms: one provides up-to-date software on Mac computers and the other a Windows computer suite to support students’ learning. Our Art Studio offers a range of machinery for woodwork and excellently resourced materials for drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media and sculpture. Digital Photography has been a recent addition to the department and all students have the chance to explore photojournalism, photography for graphic design and fine art photography.


An example of British School secondary students' art work
Photo Gallery
Secondary School
Art and Design
A photo gallery of British school student Areej Al Musalhi's Art Portfolio
Photo Gallery
Areej Al Musalhi
Art Portfolio