What is Design?
- Design is a creative problem-solving process and includes the study of both design practice and design theory. The design process involves problem identification, planning, research, innovation, conceptualisation, experimentation and critical reflection.
- This process typically results in new environments, systems, services and products, which may be unique or intended for mass production, or which may be constructed by hand or produced by mechanical and/or electronic means.
- Design adds value to life by creating products that have a purpose, that are functional and that have aesthetic value. Design products can shape the social, cultural and physical environment to the benefit of the nation.
- Most importantly, Design equips learners with crucial life skills such as visual literacy, critical and creative thinking, self-discipline, and leadership. It also encourages learners to be resourceful and entrepreneurial, to strategise and to be team players.
In Grades 10 to 12, Design learners will
- develop their ability to analyse, invent, innovate and construct visual language
- develop knowledge, technical abilities and skills in the conceptualisation, production and context of design
- explore and manipulate materials, processes and techniques efficiently, economically, safely and responsibly
- appraise their own work and that of others critically
- understand that design may be a tool for social change by improving the quality of life and providing solutions in response to individual and community needs
- understand the social and historical contribution of design with regard to economic growth, entrepreneurship and sustainability
- develop an awareness of career opportunities in the design industry
- manage their own working process and time effectively
- develop presentation and communication skills in order to convey design concepts accurately
- acknowledge and reflect on the design, art and craft of local and international and past and present cultures
Design Tasks – Grade 12
It always helps get an outside perspective on an issue. Let me give you an example. I recently spoke to a highly qualified professional young person. In the conversation I was very puzzled by his queries about the meaning of words I considered to be general knowledge. During the conversation I discovered that there were […]
From the office
“Count your blessings” my mom used to say to me when I was really not feeling lilke counting anything in the world as a teenager. The world always does wrong to a teenager and then you want to intensely feel being wronged. On my birthday on Wednesday 4 November coming closer to the wrong side […]
More NLA School vision
We are experiencing a “flood” of students at the moment. If this trend continues It will present us with new challenges in the New Year. From the school’s perspective we always have to keep in mind that we are both a business and a school. In both we need to excel. Although the economy is […]
NLA School vision
I will be writing this blog for the foreseeable, probably every 6 weeks or so. The temptation to write a long blog needs therefore to be resisted. We (my wife started the school in 1990, with myself joining her in 2004) developed a school that is very effective in obtaining good academic results and more importantly, obtained good developmental results in turning out good citizens.
Solutions Focused Congress
6 Staff members and one student attended a Solutions Focused congress in Amsterdam from 13 to 15 June. Annaliese Brink and Marianne Bezuidenhoudt were also invited presenters of workshops. The Congress went extremely well. Both Annaliese’s and Marianne’s presentations were received enthusiastically. Sarah de Jongh, our head girl, who was part of Annaliese’s presentation, was […]