A-Level Design & Technology
Design & Technology allows students to focus on different strands of Design such as; architecture, graphics and product concept design. Studying Design & Technology will equip students with the skills for careers in product design, graphic design or architecture.
“The goods of today are the resources of tomorrow at yesterday’s resource prices” Walter Stahel
Automatic entry onto A Level courses includes students achieving 5 x A*-C or equivalent at GCSE alongside a grade 5 or above in both English and Mathematics. Students with either English and/or Mathematics at grade 4 or below will have individual meetings to determine the most suitable pathway within sixth form.
In year one students will complete an internally assessed “portfolio of creative skills”. This portfolio is separated into a selection of live briefs completed throughout the year. The entire course is immersed with sustainability and environmental impact, meaning all design decisions need to include this for the highest possible grades. Within the design section, they will use a range of graphical communication techniques to design concept buildings, re design branding and create graphic products. In addition to traditional designer tools like rendering pens and sketchbooks they will also explore industry standard software including Autodesk Fusion and Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. Finally, in year two, students will explore a range of different tools, equipment and processes in a brief of their choice. Here Students will have opportunity to develop their understanding of materials, commercial processes, quality and health and safety.
Ways to help my child succeed
- Access to ICT and a computer will allow students to work on the many different software packages in their own time to enhance work.
- All useful work is shared digitally using Google Drive by the D&T team.