Design Department at Tashkent International School

Design in the Middle Years Programme (MYP)
Design is one of the eight subject groups in the MYP with defined aims, objectives and assessment criteria. There are two areas of study within design; these are Product Design and Digital Design.

During the five year design course at TIS, students are given the opportunity to develop a range of skills within these two areas, to identify, understand and to effectively solve a range of design problems.

How do students learn in design?
Students will use the MYP Design Cycle to find solutions to design questions; this process promotes an inquiry-based and practical approach to learning.

Design at TIS is about developing thinking skills and applying these within authentic hands-on units, so that students can demonstrate knowledge and understanding in practical outcomes.

A product/solution can be defined as a model, prototype, product or system that students have generated independently. This means that MYP Design expects students to become actively involved in and to focus on the whole design process rather than just on the final products/solutions. In this way students at TIS become aware of how to apply knowledge through the challenge of practical activity.

This helps students to develop not only the skills of real world application but also creative and critical thinking strategies.

Interdisciplinary Learning
The design cycle can be applied to the development of ideas and solutions in other subject areas, from the Arts to the Sciences. In Design students often find they can apply what they have learnt in other subject areas and the Design Department looks for opportunities to collaborate with other subject areas.

Design uses the MYP Design Cycle as the model of thinking to enable students to meet all four assessment criteria:

A:  Inquire and Analyze
B:  Develop Ideas
C: Create Solutions
D: Evaluate products and solutions

Each of the four criteria are assessed on a scale from 0 – 8.

Resources at TIS
The design rooms have ergonomic workbenches adapted to students’ needs and are equipped with machines manipulation of materials: fretsaws, sanders, pillar drill, strip heater, sewing machines and hand tools that will allow the creation of prototypes.

Projects are also partially developed using computer software such as Sketch Up and Adobe Photoshop to aid the design process.

The department has access to a class set of lap tops which allow flexible integration of digital design skills into each unit.

If you have any questions please contact someone from the design team:
Alexandra Reynolds – Product Design/Digital Design for grades 8, 9, 10

Richard Reynolds – Product Design/Digital Design for grades 6, 7

Jay Kuhlmann – Digital Design for grade 10