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) online curriculum centre (OCC).

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