An extended essay (EE) in film gives students an opportunity to undertake an in-depth investigation into a topic in film of particular interest to them. Students should undertake the study of at least two films in consideration of their chosen topic. Complex skills are involved in the interpretation of film. The EE requires students to develop and demonstrate a critical understanding of how and why film texts:
create emotional responses
In the spirit of intercultural understanding promoted by the IB, students should study film in a broad international context (ie beyond Hollywood).
An extended essay (EE) in visual arts gives students an opportunity to undertake research in an area of the visual arts of particular interest to them. The visual arts are here broadly defined also to include architecture, design and contemporary forms of visual culture. The outcome of the research should be a coherent and structured piece of writing, with well-integrated and appropriate illustrations, and which effectively addresses a particular research question appropriate to the visual arts. The research may be generated or inspired by the student’s direct experiences of creating visual artworks, or by their interest in the work of a particular artist, style or period. This might be related to the student’s own cultural context or another cultural context. Personal contact with artists, curators and other active participants in the visual arts is encouraged, as is the use of local and primary sources.
An extended essay (EE) in music gives students an opportunity to undertake in-depth research into a topic in music of genuine interest to them. Music—as a form of expression in diverse contexts, with intent, purpose and meaning—should be at the heart of the essay. It must focus on particular pieces of music, experienced by the student through:
score study or
performances and concerts.
The student is required to embark on a systematic, disciplined and imaginative investigation of musical works. The basis of that investigation, for the purpose of the EE, is musical analysis. The outcome of the investigation should be a structured and coherent piece of writing in the form of an academic research paper. It requires:
an analytical research approach, based on both primary and secondary sources
formal language, including the use of appropriate subject terminology
Students also need to display:
knowledge and understanding of their chosen musical context and genre
critical thinking in relation to their topic through reasoned arguments, discussion, interpretation and evaluation.
Students do not have to be enrolled in the Diploma Programme music course to write an EE in music. However, they must be familiar with the different aspects and requirements of the course.