The course will encourage students to develop their own ability to design and make products and is a sound basis for students who intend to pursue any form of design course at university. This is achieved through a portfolio of project work that accounts for 50% of the overall course marks.
Students will tackle design briefs based on given themes but they will also work in design areas of their choosing. Student design briefs are accepted for a wide range of products including jewellery, graphics, packaging, digital products, lighting, furniture, storage, books, toys and household products. Students also study design, for
example arts and crafts, Art Deco and Bauhaus, and the successful designers associated with these important movements. In doing so, students develop their understanding of how to design effectively and their ability to critically appraise the work of professional designers.
Students are introduced to industrial design and they learn the skills associated with using computers to design and make products.
What can you expect from the course.
· Skill based learning.
· Design and make projects.
· An understanding of contemporary technologies, materials and processes.
· Understanding and applying an iterative design process.
· Prototyping as a means to find solutions to ‘real’ problems.
How is the course Assessed?
· There are 2 exam papers both 2 hours long and worth up to 25% of the final grade
· Paper 1: Core technical principles and core designing and making principles.
· Paper 2: Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles.
· The remaining 50% is based on the controlled assessment which is a substantial design and make task.
5 GCSE's at grade 4 or above including Grade 4 or above GCSE Product Design
The course is suitable to successful post GCSE Design students who enjoy designing and making their own products in a creative way and exploring the work of other successful designers.
Where can this course take me?
This subject is widely acknowledged within universities and colleges to provide the essential foundation for
further study in a wide range of degree courses
including product design, graphic design, package
design, jewellery, fashion. furniture / storage design, industrial design and engineering design.