Study­ing de­sign

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IGB In­ter­na­tional School (IGBIS) fo­cuses on cul­ti­vat­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally minded de­sign­ers who will de­sign so­lu­tions to prob­lems we can­not yet en­vis­age, mak­ing a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence to the global com­mu­nity.

IGBIS of­fers the full range of In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate (IB) pro­grammes – the Pri­mary Years Pro­gramme (PYP) for ages three to 12, Mid­dle Years Pro­gramme (MYP) for ages 11 to 16 and Diploma Pro­gramme (DP) for ages 16 to 19.

The Ca­reer-re­lated Pro­gramme (CP), for which IGBIS is a can­di­date school, is for 16- to 19-year-old stu­dents who wish to en­gage in ca­reer-re­lated learn­ing while gain­ing trans­fer­able and life­long skills.

The school’s mis­sion is to pro­vide an in­clu­sive learn­ing com­mu­nity em­brac­ing di­ver­sity by of­fer­ing a chal­leng­ing IB ed­u­ca­tion that em­pow­ers its mem­bers to be car­ing global cit­i­zens.

The PYP in­tro­duces stu­dents to de­sign­re­lated con­cepts via Arts, Tech­nol­ogy and Sci­ences, which are wo­ven into the var­i­ous trans­dis­ci­plinary Units of In­quiry that form the heart of the PYP cur­ricu­lum.

MYP De­sign uses de­sign knowl­edge, skills and prin­ci­ples in prob­lem-solv­ing con­texts with the de­sign cy­cle at its core.

Stu­dents fol­low the de­sign cy­cle – a se­ries of 16 steps grouped into four main ob­jec­tives: in­quir­ing and analysing, de­vel­op­ing ideas, cre­at­ing so­lu­tions, and eval­u­a­tion.

At the com­ple­tion of this process, stu­dents will have in­de­pen­dently de­vel­oped a model, pro­to­type, prod­uct or sys­tem.

Ex­pand­ing on MYP De­sign is DP De­sign Tech­nol­ogy, which is part of the DP’s Group 4 Sci­ences (chem­istry, bi­ol­ogy, physics and de­sign tech­nol­ogy).

Fo­cus­ing on anal­y­sis, de­sign de­vel­op­ment, syn­the­sis and eval­u­a­tion, DP De­sign Tech­nol­ogy de­vel­ops the skills re­quired to use new and ex­ist­ing tech­nolo­gies to cre­ate new prod­ucts, ser­vices and sys­tems.

The de­sign cour­ses of­fered at IGBIS fol­low two strands – prod­uct de­sign (fash­ion, food, en­gi­neer­ing and ro­bot­ics) and dig­i­tal de­sign (web and me­dia).

De­sign stu­dents at IGBIS are en­cour­aged to con­sider the needs of peo­ple and cre­ate de­signs that meet those needs.

Suc­cess in the IB de­sign course can pro­vide a step­ping stone to fur­ther stud­ies at uni­ver­si­ties and other ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions.

Sev­eral de­sign stu­dents from IGBIS have been of­fered places in pres­ti­gious de­sign uni­ver­si­ties, in­clud­ing Par­sons School of De­sign, Co­lum­bia Col­lege and Gold­smiths, Univer­sity of Lon­don.

How­ever, suc­cess in de­sign is not nec­es­sar­ily de­fined by ac­cep­tance into a top-ranked univer­sity. The abil­ity to think an­a­lyt­i­cally and de­velop so­lu­tions to prob­lems makes for pro­duc­tive and car­ing global cit­i­zens.

Th­ese are what IGBIS pre­pares its stu­dents to be­come, and classes in de­sign are one way to achieve that goal.

For more in­for­ma­tion, e-mail the ad­mis­sions depart­ment at en­quiries@igbis. or call 03-6145 4688.

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