Arts One was amazing; it was everything I was hoping for and more. It is really not comparable to IB A1 or A2 courses just because it brings in so many different elements and truly makes you see the power of literature as a vector of change throughout history, apart from being far more challenging and exciting.
You learn it’s not just words. Arts One is like a course in archaeology; you rush back in time, and grapple with concepts you’d never imagined you could find in a book; you excavate, past the surface, past the obvious, to discover shards of meaning that you later piece together; you end up with a whole new message, the actual core of the text.
The lectures are interesting. The seminars are relaxed, difficult, different, backed up by anything and everything that the professor finds to support his/her point. The tutorials are very helpful and terrifying (!), but they really develop your writing skills.