Product Design

The design process, at its best, integrates the aspirations of art, science, and culture; it is intelligence made visible. Everything we touch or use has been designed by someone. We often complain when an object does not live up to its promise but good design is a lot like clear thinking made visual, fitting seamlessly into our lives.

Product Design will equip students with design skills for the future. Students will be able to recognise design needs and develop an understanding of how current global issues, including integrated technology, impact on our world.

Entry requirements

Students will need a grade B or above in any technology GCSE.

Course Content

There are two components to the course.

  • 50% is an independent design and make project. This will cover four main areas of identifying opportunities for design, designing a prototype, making a final prototype and evaluating your own design and prototype skills.
  • 50% will be a written knowledge based exam.

Future Opportunities

Following a Product Design course opens up a wide variety of careers to students. To give just a few examples, students have previously gone on to do degrees in aeronautical engineering, architecture, art and design, electrical/electronic engineering, education, engineering, materials science and mechanical engineering. These degrees can lead to careers in all aspects of design and graduates can go on to become interior or product designers, CAD technicians, architects or project managers.

 

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Food Technology (2016/17)

Welcome to Food Technology!

Food A-level is about how food is made, cooked and sold. You will need to demonstrate you cooking skills and palate, but you will also study how and where food comes from and how the food industry as a whole works.

Anyone who’s a chef, who loves food, ultimately knows that all that matters is: ‘Is it good? Does it give pleasure?’ (Anthony Bourdain)

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Textile Design

Textile Design is a versatile discipline that involves the creation, selection, manipulation and application of a range of materials and processes in order to produce fabrics for different purposes. Textile designers are expected to work in a multi-disciplinary way to create ideas, concepts, materials and techniques for different applications, for example fashion and clothing. Textile design can also be interpreted as a personal and individual fine art discipline, being used to create installations, mixed media constructions, tapestries, three dimensional pieces, application, soft sculpture and wall hangings.

Entry requirements

GSCE Textiles Technology at grade B or above or Art and Design at grade B or above.

Course Content

We follow the Edexcel Art A-Level course, but utilise the Textile Design component.
Initially when students join us we will complete a project which will allow students to experiment and explore textile design and produce a small outcome. Thereafter, 60% of the course is a Personal Investigation. There are three main elements to this investigation, which are: supporting studies, practical outcome and a written personal study to explain your investigation, findings and solutions.
The remaining 40% of the course is an externally set assignment. Students will generate and develop ideas through primary and contextual sources. They will then work through a 15 hour period of sustained focus (this will take place over the course of a week) to complete a practical outcome.

Future Opportunities

Following the successful completion of A-Level Textile Design there are many possible career paths to follow. These could include magazine editing, graphic design, journalism or a career in styling. More practical career options linked to the course could be designing women’s and men’s wear, sportswear or costume design. Students could explore the world of interior design or work in retail as a buyer or merchandiser.

Look at design Inspirations from:

Alexander McQueen
Iris Van Herpen
Su Blackwell
Grayson Perry

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