Design in MYP
MYP design courses divide in or school into Design Technology and Digital Design course. Both allow the link between innovation and creativity and use a wide variety of principles which make up what is known as the design cycle.
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; and raises students` awareness of their responsibilities when making design decisions and taking action. Inquiry and problem-solving are at the hearth of the subject group.
Design requires the use of the design cycle as a tool, which provides the methodology used to structure the inquiry and analysis of problems, the development of feasible solutions, the creation of solutions, and the testing and evaluation of the solution. A solution can be defined as a model, prototype, product or system that students have developed and created independently. Design enables students to develop not only practical skills but also strategies for creative and critical thinking.
MYP design courses help specifically to prepare students for the study of computer science, design technology and information technology. Digital design requires an understanding of the fundamental concepts of computational thinking, as well as knowledge of how computers and other digital devices operate. Design technology aims to develop a high level of design literacy by enabling students to develop critical thinking and design skills, which they can apply in a practical context.
Assessment for design courses in all years of the programme is criterion-related, based on four equally weighted assessment criteria:
Criterion A: Inquiring and analysing
Criterion B: Developing ideas
Criterion C: Creating the solution
Criterion D: Evaluating