Design and Drawing for Production (DDP)
Design and Drawing for Production (DDP) is an approved course to meet the one unit of art/music requirement for graduation for all students. The DDP syllabus is aligned with Standard 5 of the Mathematics, Science and Technology (MST) Learning Standards and the Visual Arts Learning Standards. Only teachers certified in technology education or art education may provide instruction in DDP used to meet the art/music credit, which may then be used as part of the technology education curriculum or as part of the art education curriculum. To fulfill the art/music credit, the course of study must use the State developed DDP syllabus in its entirety.
Design and Drawing for Production (DDP) FAQ
Design and Drawing for Production (DDP) is a NYSED- approved, high school level interdisciplinary course that meets both Technology Education and Visual Arts Learning Standards, and “is intended to be implemented through a two- semester course as an introduction to a universal graphic language through which students can express their ideas with creativity, clarity and exactness.”
Design and Drawing for Production (DDP) is an approved course to meet the one unit of art/music requirement for graduation for all students. The DDP syllabus is aligned with Standard 5 of the Mathematics, Science and Technology Learning Standards and the Visual Arts Learning Standards. Only teachers certified in technology education or art education may provide instruction in DDP used to meet the art/music credit.
As a state-developed interdisciplinary course, the Design and Drawing for Production (DDP) syllabus may be used to provide instruction to any student to satisfy the commencement level art/music requirement. Either technology education or art education teachers can provide instruction. It may be used as part of the technology education curriculum or as part of the art education curriculum. To fulfill this requirement, the course of study must use the state-developed DDP syllabus in its entirety.
No. Regardless of whether the title given to the course includes the “DDP” designation, the course content must use the NYS-developed DDP syllabus in its entirety if art credit is being awarded.
- Locally developed versions of a course “something like DDP” may not be used to award art credit.
- Computer Aided Design (CAD), or similar courses may not be used to award art credit.
- Introduction to Engineering Design (IED), or similar courses may not be used to award art credit.
- Vendor-provided curriculum—even if “DDP” is part of the vendor’s curriculum title—may not be used to award art credit (except for instances in which the syllabus follows the NYS DDP syllabus in its entirety, see above). The NYSED does not endorse any vendor-provided curriculum.
The state-developed syllabus was specifically designed to be an interdisciplinary approach to meeting the requirements of Part 100 of the Commissioner's Regulations for both visual arts and occupational education.
A syllabus provides guiding principles and goals, primary objectives for learning, suggested units, etc. aligned to learning standards. It is the framework around which local curriculum is planned.
The NYSED DDP syllabus was designed for longevity by not focusing on particular tools and techniques, but instead on a particular philosophy about how the design process informs the creation of functional objects, spaces, buildings, and systems that serve human needs, and the use of universal graphic language to communicate design ideas. These two core principles continue to be essential in the today’s design world.
Local curriculum can remain pertinent by following the goals, objectives, and driving philosophy of the DDP syllabus, while updating content (what problems will students solve?), methods of graphic delivery (which visual languages will be employed?), and methods of modeling (which “tools” will students use to create prototypes and models?). When well designed, local curriculum based on the DDP syllabus prepares students not only for advanced coursework but also rapidly expanding technologically-driven fields where design thinking is essential.
Design and Drawing for Production may be used by any student to satisfy the art/music credit requirement if it addresses aspects of both the Technology Education and Visual Arts Learning Standards and is
- commencement level in content and focus
- a full year course for use in this requirement
- taught by a certified technology education or art teacher or team taught
- focused on critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills using the design process
- available for use by students in a technology education or art sequence
- delivered through the use of the state-developed syllabus, Design and Drawing for Production as a framework for instructional approach and context
Design and Drawing for Production encourages visual problem-solving using a common graphic language to describe forms in the human-made environment. To enable the student to analyze, creatively design and critically evaluate these forms, DDP requires researching historical precedents, cultural references, environmental impact, and future vision. The syllabus emphasizes critical thinking, creative problem-solving and the decision-making processes by requiring the student to examine past solutions, learn technical drawing processes, experience design techniques and become critically active in evaluating both personal work and work by others.
Districts can certainly create their own crosswalk to see how well their current DDP curriculum aligns with the 2017 New York State Learning Standards for the Visual Arts. (Please note: updated curriculum must meet the goals and objectives of the 1989/2000 DDP syllabus.)
Districts should use the High School 1 (HSI)/ Proficient Level of the Visual Arts Standards for the foundation version of DDP. The DDP curriculum must meet all 11 arts standards and their performance indicators. The (HSI)/ Proficient Level in the 2017 arts standards replaces the Commencement General Education Level in the 1996 standards.
The 2017 Visual Arts Standards place an emphasis on design as an important strand of visual arts, so teachers will find great compatibility between DDP and the new Arts Standards.
Visit the NYSED Arts Learning Standards webpage to view and download a copy of the 2017 NYS Learning Standards for Visual Arts and to view and download a Glossary of Visual Arts Standards terms, including those related to Design and Design Thinking.