Design and Technology is divided into three key areas of study: Product Design, Textiles and Food. Students are able to choose their area of interest and produce a design and make project utilising materials from their chosen specialist subject area. All are encouraged to work creatively and imaginatively.
Product design is suited to students who enjoy the more creative aspects of Design & Technology and who like working with a variety of materials. Students will learn about a range of materials, manufacturing processes, techniques and technologies and be able to use them, as appropriate, in the design and make process.
Textile students will be required to produce a textiles product that can be marketed. The underlying influence on the project is that it must be suitable for commercial production and realised in school with the facilities that are available. Students will complete a prototype of this product. Suitable products they could design include: clothing, bag design, hats, and interior design products such as cushions and wall hangings.
Food students will learn about the importance of good nutrition, healthy eating, food safety, sustainability, functions of ingredients and manufacturing techniques. Students will develop their practical skills using a variety of specific ingredients to enable them to produce a wide range of increasingly complex products.
In all cases students will be required to produce a design and make project that represents approximately 40 hours of work. This is a controlled piece of assessment and should largely be completed within the classroom, but it is still possible for some pieces of work to be completed at home at the discretion of the subject teacher. The controlled assessment portfolio of work is worth 60% of the overall GCSE grade.
The externally set examination will test the knowledge, skills and understanding that students have acquired throughout the course. This includes analysing and evaluating products and processes; engaging in focused tasks to develop and demonstrate techniques; engaging in strategies for developing ideas; planning and producing products; considering how past and present design and technology affects society; and recognising the moral, cultural and environmental issues linked to design and technology. The externally set examination is worth 40% of the overall GCSE grade.
There are many careers related to design and technology. They are found across a wide variety of industries ranging from agriculture, engineering and construction to healthcare and the food and drink industries
For each two week cycle you will be timetabled for five periods of 60 minutes each. Three lessons will be practical based, where you will develop new skills and techniques that will help to improve your practical outcomes.
The other two periods will be theory based lessons. Focussing on the knowledge and understanding required to pass the terminal exams
In Design Technology there is a need for regular learning and independent study. Guidance will be given on how to prepare for lessons and consolidate you own learning so that you can have the best chance of success.
Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.
GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.
Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.
Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!
The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (www.saatchionline.com/shtc)