Good design is vital to our world and our economy. Innovative styling attracts us to a product whilst graphic design is used to promote it through the medium of marketing. There is a strong demand for students in the Design, Engineering and Construction industries who are capable of developing solutions to today's problems. This course provides you with a solid base from which to develop your Design and Making skills, using a range of materials and manufacturing methods to become Designers and Engineers of the future.
What Does The Course Involve?
There will be a series of small projects during year 12 to build up skills before starting the final major project for the coursework. Students will be taught how to complete all aspects of a comprehensive design and make process. Students will learn how to analyse a product’s design: Why does it look like that? What materials have been used? Why are they suitable? Nothing has ‘just been made’, everything around us has been designed carefully thinking about the user and the environment it will be used in. This course allows students to provide a solution to a 'real' problem linked to product design, interior design or architecture. Students will work with a client of their choosing who will review their work at various stages during the project. This course combines diverse areas of DT and is suitable for anybody who has studied Resistant Materials, Graphics, Electronics or Product Design at GCSE.
Students will continually be developing designing and making skills and be encouraged to explore sketching techniques. Students will not be expected to make everything they design so they are not limited to the materials and processes in the department. During the projects students will develop a bank of theoretical knowledge in preparation for their end of year 13 exam.
How Will I Be Assessed?
50% Coursework, 50% Exam. The coursework is a project of your choosing where you will Research, Design, Develop, Test and Evaluate your end product. The Exam at the end of Year 13 will test the theory learnt over the two years.
What Are The Entry Requirements?
Minimum entry requirements for Sixth Form is Five 5s. For this course; 5 in a design related subject at GCSE. Students achieving a 4 will require departmental approval.
Leading To A Career In?
Product Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Robotics, Automotive Industry, Fashion, Publishing, Digital Media, Film and Media, Aerospace, Civil Engineering, Construction, Armed Forces, Graphic Design or an Art foundation course. This course will help you to demonstrate a wide range of skills in your portfolio. It is a subject that links well to other areas of the curriculum even if you do not continue with a design career.