The concept of design learning fits innately with an IB education. Design thinking is a process that factors in a multitude of considerations that span an array of subject areas. The interdisciplinary nature of design makes it a natural fit with an IB education.

The IB Design Cycle is a “model of thinking” used by International Baccalaureate students to help them create solutions in response to challenges by employing the steps learned in the ‘Design Cycle,’ which is a series of tools used by designers to help them create and evaluate solutions in response to design problems. The structure of the Design Cycle helps formalize the natural process that we go through when creating a product. The cycle has deeper subsections, but in its simplest form it is: Investigate, Plan, Create and Evaluate.

At Fairgreen, we use 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

Fairgreen’s IB Design Programme challenges 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. 

Ultimately, our Design Programme focuses on a holistic design process rather than on final products and solutions. By learning to work the Design Cycle by applying it to a multitude of challenges, students are developing key skills and personal qualities defined in the IB learner profile, becoming innovators, thinkers, knowledgeable, risktakers, and more. These qualities and the skills learned within our Design Programme will serve them well throughout their lives in any future career of life pursuit.