As the subject of Learning Design from Classical Indian Knowledge Systems would not be taught in isolation, but as a part of the whole design curriculum, it is important to be aware of what is being taught in other classes and subjects. That would enable design of such a course that complements and constructs the knowledge already gained by the students.
The Design Thinking (DT) Curriculum introduces design from CBSE Class 6 to 12. For classes 6, 7 and 8, the course duration would be 18 hours, while for classes 9 10, 11 and 12 it would be 160 hours. Basic aims of the curriculum in each class are listed below:
1. Class 6/7/8 (18 hours): Focus on discovery and exposure. Kickstarting the curriculum with an exposure to design skills, design sensitivity and the design thinking process.
2. Class 9 (160 hours): Focus on concerns, skills and sensitivity. The students would learn design skills, build empathy and apply the design thinking process to simple problems.
3. Class 10 (160 hours): Focus on creativity and problem solving. Includes further learning of design skills, discovery through creative explorations, prototyping and application of design thinking process to contextual problems.
4. Class 11 (160 hours): Focus on design options and solving problems together. Students are introduced to different fields/branches of design, and are made to solve wicked problems by working collaboratively.
5. Class 12 (160 hours): Focus on application and execution. Class 12 is concerned with application of design problem solving to different environments followed by a semester long design thinking process capstone project.
Class XII consists of the following subjects (refer to Figure 3):
1. Fundamentals of personal design (20 hours)
2. Fundamentals of social design (20 hours)
3. Fundamentals of environmental design (20 hours)
4. Design based on Indian Knowledge Systems (18 hours)
5. Final Design Thinking Project (82 hours)