Do you love solving problems and being creative? Or maybe you keep coming up with great ideas for new things? If so, studying Design Technology will allow you to build up your creativity and your problem solving, planning, and making skills. You will gain a valuable understanding of the design process through a range of practical making tasks within our purpose-built studios, and you will use our industry-standard equipment such as a 3D printer and laser cutters.
Design and Technology is the study of the design, manufacture and evaluation of the products we interact with, our built environment and the clothes we wear. To reflect this, you will choose one course to study related to your career aspirations; Product Design or Fashion & Textiles
You will be introduced to computer-aided design to support you on your creative journey through the course. You will be taught by specialist teaching staff and have the opportunity to work alongside professionals from the design industry. Design Technology, goes well with art, and also science and technology subjects, including physics, maths, chemistry and IT. When it comes to the sciences, having knowledge of how physical and chemical processes work can come in handy when designing different products.
We have well-established links with local retailers such as John Lewis, Cambridge Industrial Design and other local companies. We regularly invite visiting designers and industry professionals to provide insight into professional practice. Educational visits to shows such as the New Designers Exhibition in London are also offered as part of the learning experience.
In addition to the Final Major Project, two written exams are taken at the end of the course. Exam question responses are a mixture of short answers, multiple-choice, and extended response.
At least 7 grade 4s at GCSE in a range of subjects including maths and English. A grade 5 or equivalent is required in design and technology if taken at
Studying Design and Technology at this level can lead to further studies or careers in, architecture, graphic design, furniture and product design, textiles, fashion design, engineering and set design. To support further study within the creative industries we offer a Level 4 Art Foundation course.
Here are some of the degrees courses being taken by students who recently completed their course: Fashion Buying and Merchandising at Manchester Metropolitan, Automotive and Transport Design at Coventry, Architecture at Portsmouth, Product Design at Coventry, Interior Architecture and Design at Coventry, and Fashion Styling and Creative Direction at Southampton Solent.