What you’ll learn:
- Refine your practical skills and use of materials
- Performance characteristics of materials, fixings, finishes
- Analytical study of existing products and key historical design movements and designers
- Modelling using card, plastics, wood and other materials to produce 3D artefacts
- Communication of design ideas through various media
- Digital Technologies – Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing
- Working knowledge of modern manufacturing systems
- Awareness of the profound impact of technological activity on society and environment
- Mathematical and scientific knowledge relevant to the subject
Students are assessed in two ways, each worth 50% of the qualification.
Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology – Written Exam
- An exam of 2 hours 30 minutes including short open questions, extended writing questions and some drawing.
- The exam focus will be on the evaluation of products, manufacturing processes, design philosophy, aesthetics, social and environmental impact of design.
Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project
- A substantial project, to test your skills in designing and making. Identifying a problem, research, design, making and evaluation.
This course could lead to further study at degree level or HND/HNC and careers or apprenticeships in: Product/Industrial Design, Architecture and Construction, Graphic Design, Theatrical Design, Engineering, Technical Support, D&T Teaching.
This course also supports students in a wide range of other fields of study and employment where problem solving and practical skills are important.