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.
Design work focuses on a holistic design process rather than final products and solutions. Through the hands-on design process, the boys learn lifelong skills and become practical problem-solvers.
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 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.