Design is the link between innovation and creativity, taking thoughts and, exploring possibilities and constraints associated with products or systems. Design enables students to become skilful problem solvers, stimulating ingenuity and encouraging them to combine intellectual talents and practical skills.

MYP Design challenges all students to apply practical and creative thinking skills to solve design problems. It encourages students to explore the role of design in both historical and contemporary contexts and raises students’ awareness of their responsibility when making design decisions and taking action.

Students are encouraged to display ingenuity and creativity in devising practical solutions to given tasks. Students use the design cycle to:

  • Inquire and analyse
  • Develop ideas
  • Create a solution
  • Test and evaluate

To enable students to face these challenges successfully, they are taught a broad range of skills that range from traditional ‘hands on’ practices to the latest computer-aided design and manufacturing techniques using laser-cut, 3D printing or vacuum bag forming (with the use of plastic-free or biodegradable materials). 

Our Design Department has been plastic-free since the 2018-19 academic year. Our Food Lab is a sustainable space and a zero-waste kitchen.



Subject Group Overview
Useful links
Design Curriculum Overview
Luc Crowther
Head of Design