Art and Design Technology: Product Design

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  • GCSEs to include a minimum Grade 4 in Mathematics and a Design Technology subject
  • The course is 50% practical coursework, 50% written exam
  • Product Design will require you to design and make three-dimensional products from a range of materials using the College workshop
  • Students are offered the chance to take part in a number of competitions, both locally and nationally.

Course summary

“You know a design is good when you want to lick it.”
Steve Jobs, Apple Computers

This engaging course is based on the design and manufacture of products for everyday use. You must have a real interest in how the things around us work as well as how and what they are made from. Product Design requires both dedication and hard work to achieve success.

As the name suggests, the main focus of the coursework is on the design of a variety of products. You will have the opportunity to work with a large range of materials and processes in order to produce your manufactured artefacts. In the first year you will produce a number of scale models and working prototypes. In the second year you will produce one major project with a full sized, working product as the outcome.

Product Design is equally rewarding and challenging. It is intended to follow on from Design Technology GCSE courses such as Product Design, Resistant Materials and Graphic Products and aims to teach the design process. The course is particularly useful to those wishing to go on to careers such as product design, architecture, automotive design, jewellery design, packaging design and some engineering courses.

You will have the opportunity to tailor the course around your other interests. For example, each year students design sports equipment, architectural models, jewellery, furniture and many other products to fit real life needs.

You will be set regular homework which will include researching, design drawing, testing products for your coursework as well as reading and writing in preparation for the exam unit.

There will be the opportunity to take part in both local and national design competitions, in which we have had great success in recent years. Students are currently working with Solent University and IKEA to design new products.