Design, new technologies, and the development of evolving systems touch all aspects of modern life including how we acquire information, communicate, interact with our environment, and respond to the world around us. Design encourages creative problem-solving that is human-centred through prototyping, experimentation, and adaptation.
Mulgrave students are expected to solve problems related to genuine local and global issues. Whether the issues revolve around the UN Sustainable Development Goals or culturally appropriate products, students in design learn to apply the design cycle in a creative, analytical, and productive manner.
Using a systematic approach, students conceptualise and evaluate ideas, turning them into tangible inventions, products, and solutions. The designer's role is to combine art, science, and technology to create new products or solutions that others can use. Digital tools such as 3D printers and CAD software facilitate this evolving role allowing designers to communicate, visualise, analyse, and produce tangible ideas in a way that would have required a greater workload in the past. Design can help students refine and stretch all of their Approaches to Learning skills and prepares them appropriately for the Personal Project and Extended Essay within the IB curriculum.