In Grades 6,7 and 8 all students study Product Design and Digital Design on a rotational basis, one in each semester throughout the Academic year.

In Grades 9 and 10 students have the option to study Visual Art or Design in preparation for the IB MYP certification. Students are required to successfully complete an ePortfolio which contributes towards their overall grade for the IB MYP Certificate.  

Design and the result of development of new technologies, has given rise to profound changes in society: transforming how we access and process information; how we adapt our environment; how we communicate with others; how we are able to solve problems; how we work and live. 

Design is the link between innovation and creativity, taking thoughts and exploring the possibilities and constraints associated with products or systems, allowing them to redefine and manage the generation of further thought through prototyping, experimentation and adaptation. It is human centred and focuses on the needs, wants and limitations of end user. 

Competent design is not only within the reach of a small set of uniquely skilled individuals but can be achieved by all. The use of well-established design principles and processes increases the probability that a design will be successful. To do this, designers use a wide variety of principles, which taken together, make up what is known as the design cycle. 

  • designers adapt their approach to different design situations, but they have a common understanding of the process necessary to form valid and suitable solutions 

  • a designer has a role and responsibility to the community and the environment. Their decisions can have a huge impact and, therefore , their ethics and morals can and should be questioned regularly  

  • a designer should have the ability to maintain an unbiased view of a situation and evaluate a situation objectively, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of a common product or system 

  • good communication is a key trait of any good designer through visual and oral presentation 

Designing requires an individual to be imaginative and creative, while having a substantial knowledge base of important factors that will aid or constrain the process. Decisions made need to be supported by adequate and appropriate research and nvestigation. Designers must adopt an approach that allows them to think creatively, while conforming to the requirements of a design specification. MYP design challenges all students to apply practical and creative thinking skills to solve design problems; encourages students to explore the role of design in both historical and contemporary contexts; raise students’ awareness of their responsibilities when making design decisions and taking action. The knowledge, skills and attitudes that students develop in design courses provide a meaningful foundation for further study and help to prepare students for: • careers in fashion, food, graphic, industrial, instructional, multimedia, product, publications, video game and web design. • architecture. • education. • roles in engineering, manufacturing, advertising and media industries. • project management among others.

Conceptual Understanding in Design


Assessment Criteria : Design