Design focuses on the application of design
thinking to envisage creative products,
services and environments in response to
human needs, wants and opportunities.
Designing is a complex and sophisticated
form of problem-solving that uses divergent
and convergent thinking strategies that can
be practised and improved. Designers are
separated from the constraints of production
processes to allow them to appreciate and
exploit new innovative ideas.
Students learn how design has influenced
the economic, social and cultural
environment in which they live. They
understand the agency of humans in
conceiving and imagining possible futures
through design. Collaboration, teamwork
and communication are crucial skills needed
to work in design teams and liaise with
stakeholders. They learn the value of
creativity and build resilience as they
experience iterative design processes,
where the best ideas may be the result of
trial and error and a willingness to take risks
and experiment with alternatives.
Students learn about and experience design
through exploring needs, wants and
opportunities; developing ideas and design
concepts; using drawing and low-fidelity
prototyping skills; and evaluating ideas and
design concepts. They communicate design
proposals to suit different audiences.
Design in practice
Schools devise assessments in Units 1 and 2 to suit their local context.
In Units 3 and 4 students complete four summative assessments. The results from each of the
assessments are added together to provide a subject score out of 100. Students will also receive
an overall subject result (A–E).