Learners work with a cohort of peers, Learning Designers, staff, and community mentors to challenge their ideas and push their design practice outside of their comfort zone. We seek to connect people of different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in order to provide a holistic driver to our design process.
Our projects are centered around real-life issues, challenges, and opportunities, and we continuously build a network of partners and experts to bring these projects to life. Learners graduate with a realistic vision of the contemporary world around them and the complexities involved in tackling interdisciplinary challenges.
Our learners are encouraged to take creative risks in their projects and learn how to learn from setbacks. In the contemporary world, problems have multiple solutions depending on the chosen priorities and perspective. Learners need to develop the skill set to design and evaluate the most balanced and viable solution for complex and ambiguous problems that involve multiple stakeholders and perspectives.
Opt-in School Culture
A design school is messy, iterative, challenging, and transformative, which is not everyone’s cup of tea, and that is OK. The staff and learners who join VERSO need to be eager to explore and possess a positive solution-seeking mindset in order to be happy and successful with our program.
Attainment of Apprentice level competency [or beyond] for 80% of Future-Ready Skills, prorated for students that transfer into Upper Loop after Grade 9.
Fulfilment of the minimum requirements of the Traditional Credit Transcript.
Successful fulfillment of the Upper Loop Research program, which focuses on fostering and developing skills involved with performing high quality academic research.
Students will learn how to collect primary and secondary data, evaluate sources, make citations, select appropriate methodologies, process and present data, make conclusions, and evaluate methods and sources of error.
Successful completion of the UniVERSOlly Well program, a combination of positive psychology workshops and university preparation. This on-going program aims to help learners develop a deeper understanding of self and one’s potential college and career options through exploration of well-being strategies, personal strengths, and passions.
Development of a Personal Brand to showcase a professional and personal identity.
By Cohort 9-10 Learners