What is Design?

As part of the Middle Years Programme, 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 on a holistic design process rather than final products and solutions.

What is the MYP Design Cycle?

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 at ISH?

Design is offered to all MYP students. It is a core subject for students through MYP 1 - 4 and for the eAssessments in MYP 5 it is an optional subject. In MYP5 the students produce an ePortfolio and product that synthesises most of the design theory that they learned in the previous 4 years.

The current units that students take in each year group are shown in the table below.


Juggling Bags Project

School Logo Project

Laser Cut Puzzle

International Space Station Tool

Mock ePortolio: Culture and Identity

Birds Feeder Project

Chess Piece Project

Tote-ally Awesome

Board Game Project

ePortolio: TBD

Fidget Spinner Project

Hydraulic Arm Project

Chocolate Box Project

Learn more about design in the MYP by reading the IB brief for Design here.

Photo album

Design Album