Design

As part of the Middle Years Programme (MYP), design challenges all students to:

  • apply practical and creative thinking skills to solve design problems
  • explore the role of design in both historical and contemporary contexts
  • consider their responsibilities when making design decisions and taking action. 

MYP design focuses a holistic design process rather than final products and solutions.

What is the significance of design in the MYP?

MYP uses the design cycle as a way to structure:

  • inquiry and analysis of design problems
  • development and creation of feasible solutions
  • testing and evaluation of students’ models, prototypes, products or systems.

How is design structured in the MYP? 

Design courses can be offered as:

  • a distinct digital and/or product design course
  • a series of distinct digital and/or product design courses
  • a single course which combines digital and product design.

You can find further information on design in the subject group guide, available to all IB teachers through the International Baccalaureate® (IB)  Programme Resource Centre (PRC).

Find out more about the MYP curriculum and about becoming authorized to implement the MYP.

Learn more about design in an MYP workshop for teachers

  • MYP subject briefs

    Our subject briefs for the MYP look at every one of the programme's subjects. They cover core requirements, aims and assessment.

    Visit the digital toolkit on the link below, and look for the heading 'MYP materials'.