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D&T: Product Design A2 at University Academy Keighley

Course description

Think about the objects that you love. Your mobile phone with its delicious curves was designed 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.

Course content

Product Design seeks to develop students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and application for designing products.  Product Design encompasses a wide range of design disciplines but is firmly rooted in the skills required to design and make high quality products.  Products that are fit for purpose, satisfy wants and needs, enhance our day-to-day lives and, most importantly, give students the opportunity to demonstrate the design and technology capability.

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in Technology: Resistant Materials, Graphic Products, Product Design, Textiles or Art. Grade C or above in Mathematics and English.


Year Two - A2 Unit 3 Designing for the futureStudents will: Develop knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacture practices and contemporary design issues. Develop as a designer, a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products. Be aware of the important contribution of designers from the past. Develop an awareness of the impact of design and technological activities on the environment. Sustainable product design. 40% Unit 4 Commercial DesignThe students will: Apply skills acquired and developed to design and make a product of their choice which must be either a resistant materials technology or a graphic product. Adopt a commercial design approach to their work reflecting how a professional designer might deal with a design problem and its resolution. Consider issues related to sustainability and the impact on the environment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact University Academy Keighley directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year