Three-Dimensional Design or Product Design develops students’ skills in communication, creativity, innovation, independence and evaluation. You will use mainly wood, metal and plastics to design and make products. You will learn to cut, shape, join and finish the materials. As part of the course you will use computers to design and manufacture products.
Product Design will require you to demonstrate designing and making skills as well as your knowledge and understanding of wood, metals and plastics. You will learn about components, health and safety, CAD/CAM, quality control and the systems used in industry to produce products.
As part of the course you will be expected to analyse products, and designers’ work in order to develop a range of your own successful ideas, explaining how your ideas link to the work of others and have been developed to make them your own creations. Students will be expected to complete both the written work as well as practical work to be successful.
Component 1: Controlled Assessment is split in to two units (60%, 120 Marks)
Unit 1: Students explore the use of a variety of materials in order to develop skill, knowledge and understanding of key processes, techniques and safe working practice within a workshop. Students will develop their ability to communicate product ideas visually as well as through the use of resistant materials.
Unit 2: Students will produce a body of work demonstrating ability to develop a product of their choice. Critically analysing the form and function of other designers’ work, creatively using research and resistant materials to develop a functional and aesthetically pleasing product.
Component 2: EXAM (10 hours 40%, 80 Marks)
Externally set assignment, students will select an assignment brief. They will look at range of designer in order to inform their own designs, producing designs and samples that are developed and improved prior to the practical exam which will be making a product using a range of resistant materials to confidently make a final product
Basic drawing and writing materials are required at all times. Sensible clothing, suitable for a workshop environment (especially solid shoes) are required.
Extended learning is regularly set. It will test and extend class work activities.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: Working in Product Design can lead to a number of careers involving; design and manufacturing, product design, architecture, commercial design, industrial design, as well as more traditional careers like joinery/carpentry, black smith, welder and engineering.