Da Vinci Design School Approach to Integrating Design in Teaching and Learning
Students enrolled in Da Vinci Design are preparing for college and 21st century careers in advertising, architecture, digital media, industrial design, product design, user experience design and other jobs that call for skills in art, science and technology. Da Vinci Design engages students in a rigorous and relevant college preparatory curriculum that uses hands-on, project-based learning to give lessons real-world context and meaning. Project-based learning (PBL) is learn-by-doing curriculum that integrates core subjects with real-life problems to be solved. Core subjects include English/History, Math/Science, Humanities, and World Language. Teachers work in teams with one another to identify key California state standards and skills that need to be addressed at the grade-level.
Teachers work backwards to plan their curriculum, striving to create engaging, interdisciplinary projects that center on a big idea and a real-world connection that is rigorous, relevant and meaningful to students' lives.
One of the most important aspects of project-based learning is a public presentation of the work created, as assessment is based on the student's ability to articulate and demonstrate the content and skills learned. Student progress is measured and assessed through traditional tests and quizzes, public presentations of learning, exhibitions, and digital portfolios.
21st Century Skills
Students learn not only academic content but also the vital 21st century skills – including design thinking, creativity, innovation, collaboration, service, and problem-solving – they need to become the next generation of design leaders and entrepreneurs. Students work in teams to create a final product that demonstrates mastery of content standards and a demonstration of key skills.
Our community partners play a vital role by helping to align our projects to industry expertise and standards. Da Vinci Design has partnerships with many local design leaders, including Otis College of Art and Design, Belkin International, The Getty, Northrop Grumman, Art Center College of Design, Mattel, Gensler, and Siltanen & Partners, that offer job shadowing opportunities, internships, mentoring and project support to help students master the real-world skills and knowledge that do not appear in the California content standards.