DYPDC

Teaching & Learning

Our teaching, learning and assessment systems are designed to provide students with skills and knowledge, enabling them to deliver their best. Emphasis is always on student-centered learning, personal development, creativity, intellectual rigor and technical ability aimed at increasing independence of approach, thought and process.

We would employ a variety of teaching styles, each suited to the subject being taught and characterized by learner preferences. A range of teaching methods, including formal lectures, studio-based assignments, laboratory experiments, team-based projects, and case studies that encourage problem solving and experimentation will be employed. An active ‘ on' approach to learning is encouraged with design workshops and projects, field trips and laboratory work. Students will participate in building and testing prototype designs and undertake weeklong design projects, many of which will come from the industry.

Faculty will engage with students in small groups and on a one-to-one basis, to encourage an individual response to set briefs. The studio-based program promotes research, experimentation, analysis, evaluation, and self-criticism – all of which assist in arriving at the best possible solutions to design challenges.

Imparting appropriate and transferable practical skills is central to the learning strategy of the program. Initiative and independence are fostered throughout, and develop incrementally as the course progresses. Analytical and problem solving skills are developed using a range of appropriate ‘real' and ‘theoretical' case studies and problem and task-based learning scenarios.

Knowledge is assessed, both in formative and summative terms, by a number of methods, including practical work, individual and group presentations, written coursework, laboratory experimentation and examinations.

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