At HCS we have excellent Design Technology facilities providing a spacious and inspiring environment to work and learn. The facilities include a well-equipped workshop, a design studio and an ICT suite linked to CAD/CAM.

A level Design and Technology: Product Design (3-D Design) helps students take a broad view of design and technology, develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

The course encourages you to think about the objects that you love. Your mobile gadgets with their elegant curves were designed by product designers on a computer screen. The car you yearn for started life as a reduced size clay model. A building that you admire sprang from the drawing board of an architect. And it’s not a new phenomenon. Our fascination with 3D design goes back to flint arrow heads and earthenware pots.

As a 3D designer you are at the crossroads of a number of skills. You need creativity in order to imagine the shape and function of the object. But you’ll also need to know about manufacturing processes, materials and marketing.

Product Design is an enormously satisfying career. You have an idea and - with the use of modelling tools like clay or computers - it comes to life. Imagine how satisfying it must be for the person who designed the iPhone or Razr to hold the finished product in their hand.

The A Level Product Design course covers four main topics, and you’ll study two of these each year.

AS Outline

In the first year you’ll have two assessments. A two hour written paper accounts for 25% of your total marks. The coursework and your design portfolio account for another 25% of your marks.

In ‘Materials, components and application’ - you’ll look at materials, production processes and the impact of cost and design.

In ‘Learning through designing and making’ you’ll produce some coursework using your own design with a range of materials and media.

A2 Outline

Year two is the same. A two hour written paper accounts for 25% of your marks and the coursework and your design portfolio account for the final 25% of your A Level marks.

In the second year you’ll get to grips with ‘Design and manufacture’ - helping you to appreciate the relationship between design and technology, or form and function.

‘ Design and making in practice’ is the practical, coursework part. You’ll make an object and record the processes that you went through

For full course specification visit: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/a-level/design-and-technology-product-design-3d-2550

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