Digital design courses use the design cycle to solve problems through the use of a computer system. The study of digital design equips students to create computer-generated digital products/solutions to solve a problem and meet a perceived need. Two-dimensional (2D) tangible solutions created using computer-aided manufacturing techniques are typically the result of a digital design course. Distinct digital design courses include web design, interactive media design, programming and control, and so on.
The Design Cycle
A Inquiring and analysing
Students are presented with a design situation, from which they identify a problem that needs to be solved. They analyse the need for a solution and conduct an inquiry into the nature of the problem.
B Developing ideas
Students write a design specification, which drives the development of a solution. They present the solution.
C Creating the solution
Students plan the creation of the chosen solution and follow the plan to create a prototype sufficient for testing and evaluation.
Students design tests to evaluate the solution, carry out those tests and objectively evaluate its success. Students identify areas where the solution could be improved and explain how their solution will impact on the client or target audience.
Assessment and Homework
Formative: a series of structured tasks teaching the main skills, through appropriate software (Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver)
Summative: a project based on the IB Design Objectives, which is assessed using the IB Design Criteria.
Homework: Finishing formative tasks. Completing the four objectives for the Project.