Key Stage 3 Product Design

Product design is the study of materials and processes in a workshop environment. Students will create a range of products and investigate technology in the real world.

“The mind is like an umbrella, it functions best when open” Walter Gropius

Course Description

We aim through Design and Technology to offer a unique learning experience, to stimulate curiosity about everyday products and develop skills and knowledge essential for an increasingly technologically advancing world. Our integrated Key Stage 3 Design and Technology programme draws together Engineering, Graphics and Product Design. Our facilities are first class, including as specialist workshops and studios, as well as access to virtual rapid prototyping, laser cutters and industry-standard computer aided design, graphic design and electronic programming software.

Students in Years 7 and 8 study all aspects of the design process, including how professional designers and manufacturers work together to develop and market new products. The course includes aspects of architecture, electronic product design, engineering, graphic design and computer aided design and manufacture. It aims to develop skills of creativity, teamwork, independent problem solving and communication as well as practical skills. The curriculum includes industrial practice and links with local industries. We have outstanding extra-curricular opportunities within Design and Technology ranging from designers in residence and business links to enterprise activities and local, regional and national competitions.

WHAT SKILLS DO I NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL?
You will need to be organised, able to plan your work, be willing to contact companies, and have an interest in product or industrial design

WHAT WILL I NEED TO DO OUTSIDE OF LESSONS?
Pupils will need to gather research, work in sketchbooks and complete homework tasks.

WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED TO PROVIDE?
There are certain equipment that are essential for being a Product Designer. Having access to technical graphic equipment like certain pencils, fine liners and magic markers are an advantage and will be available at the start of the year.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED?
After you have finished the obvious progression would be to study the BTEC Level 2 in Engineering, GCSE in Graphic Design or Product Design.

Assessment

Students will have one assessed task per half term which will be built into a project based piece of work.

Ways to help my child succeed

There are certain equipment that are essential for being a Product Designer. Having access to technical graphic equipment like certain pencils, fine liners and magic markers are an advantage and will be available at the start of the year.

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