Aesthetics & Human Performance
Acting as IEGS’s hub for creativity and physical performance, the Department of Aesthetics and Human Performance (AHP) offers a range of academic and practical courses. These courses enable students to develop genuine life skills that they will draw upon in both their future academic studies and their professional career paths. The Department of AHP incorporates four key subject areas, namely Art, Drama (Theatre), Physical Education and Pedagogical Leadership.
As a foundation subject, all students who undertake gymnasium courses must complete physical education and health. The IEGS curriculum aims specifically to equip students with the enthusiasm and practical knowledge to develop and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. The emphasis is placed on both active participation, where success is measured through self-development and on applied understanding, where knowledge and understanding from the wider curriculum is applied to real world sporting and exercise context. We value student development and well-being, offering the course once a week over two years to ensure all students can be active for at least two of their three years at IEGS.
In the Pedagogical Leadership course, which again is accessible to students on all national programmes, students are encouraged to develop an understanding of how people function as individuals and groups. They also obtain the skills required for the critical leadership roles they may take on later in life. The course is reflective upon individual and group interactions, allowing students to develop their leadership potential by studying theories and concepts to apply to practical situations.
Finally, through a range of art and drama (theatre) courses, students who are following either the Aesthetics programme or as elective courses on other programmes, have the opportunity to harness and develop their inner creativity. By combining high quality academic opportunities, practical experience in staging performances and exhibitions, students learn entrepreneurial skills as well as developing the skills required to access higher education in these very competitive fields.
Within the department, courses are delivered by highly qualified teachers from world renowned institutions within their field of expertise including the UK, Canada, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand. By embracing a cohesive and inter-disciplinary approach, staff work collaboratively to ensure that pedagogical practice within the department is kept fresh and innovative in all teaching areas.
In addition to the generic teaching spaces within the school, the department has access to a purpose equipped drama and dance studio, a fully refurbished art room (2012), dedicated music and 3D design/sculpture rooms as well as a fully equipped sports hall. Where necessary, the department uses a range of off site facilities including Eriksdalbadet Swimming Pool, a range of other sports centres, and theatrical performance spaces, including Fylkingen and Stadsteatern.