Some of the many exciting and innovative aspects of UCC’s IB curriculum involve courses that employ Design Thinking and Design Innovation, which focus on generating solutions to real-world problems. Design courses combine research, awareness-building about societal issues and implications, design creation, as well as prototype development and execution.
The crucial first step in Design Thinking is empathizing with the person or people who will be using the product or service, a perspective that will guide our boys’ research and analysis as they develop prototypes. Students then test their prototypes in a repeated process, taking their learning and applying it to subsequent rounds of testing, and generating a progression of continuous improvement.
Design work focuses on a holistic design process rather than final products and solutions.
Design Thinking encourages reflection, resilience and a high comfort level with ambiguity — positive behaviours that can be transferred to all subjects and that encourage cross-disciplinary projects, especially among students of diverse ages and talents.
These courses are also tailored to the pursuit of the jobs of tomorrow, preparing boys for the ever-evolving realities that will be shaping the years ahead.
The Design program at UCC begins at Year 6 and exposes students to three streams:
- Digital media design
- Innovative product design
Classes foster exploration, technological innovation and creative confidence in our students, and challenge boys to do the following:
- Apply practical and creative thinking skills to solve real-world problems
- Explore the role of design in both historical and contemporary contexts
- Consider their responsibilities when making design decisions and taking action.
Options to continue to study any one of the streams will be available in the Diploma Programme.