Design Technology

Design Technology
SUBJECT – THREE DIMENSIONAL DESIGN – PRODUCT DESIGN
Three-dimensional design is aimed at students that enjoy problem solving and making. This is a making based course with no theory exam.
ADMISSIONS - The course is intended to suit the needs of pupils who have an interest and aptitude in design, and who may wish to undertake further studies leading to working in the design industry. It is preferable for students to have at least a grade B in Product Design GCSE.
SPECIFICATION – AQA 7245
COURSE - This is a coursework based option. Three-dimensional design is the ideal opportunity to explore ideas and develop skills and is a great first step for those who wish to follow a course in design at university. However the balance of practical, academic and analytical skills are widely transferable and students intending to study courses unrelated to design find that it complements their other subject choices. A course in three-dimensional design will enable you to select appropriate materials and learn how they fit together, develop an understanding of scale and experiment with texture and surface finish.
COURSE CONTENT
Component 1 - Worth 60% of A-level marks. – Practical Coursework consisting of four projects you will develop a range of skills, making, modelling, drawing, computer aided design, computer aided manufacture as well as a personal study (essay 1000 words minimum).
Component 2 - Worth 40% of A-level marks – Externally set assignment commences in February with a three month preparatory project resulting a 15 hour exam to complete a final product.
ASSESSMENT - The Design and Technology Department will continually assess the work throughout the course. This will in the main take the form of tutorials and in progress discussions where appropriate. Regular feedback and targets will be given throughout the year. All work will be internally marked at the completion of units and externally moderated by a representative of the examination board.
CAREERS - Studying a three-dimensional design related degree at university will give you all sorts of exciting career opportunities, including: • Architect • Jewellery designer • Ceramicist • Landscape architect • Design consultant • Model maker • Exhibition designer • Product designer • Environmental designer • Teacher • Furniture designer • Toy designer • Interior designer • Set designer