Students are given the opportunity to develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities, culminating in a coursework project that encourages creativity and imagination to design processes and to design and make prototypes that solve real world problems, considering others’ needs, wants and values.
There are no limits to project selection beyond the time and resources available and the appropriateness of selection in matching individual students’ potential. In order to reach high attainment levels, students must adopt a commercial design approach to their work, reflecting how a professional designer might deal with a design problem and its resolution.
In addition students will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. The modern designer must have a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products. You must also be aware of the important contributions of designers from the past which may provide inspiration for future design. It is increasingly important that students develop an awareness of the impact of design and technological activities on the environment. Sustainable product design is a key feature of modern design practices.