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Design & Technology Product Design (Graphic Products) at Tuxford Academy Technology College and Training School

Course description

Why study Product Design?

The essence of product design is the relationship between people and products. This course links artistic flair with an in depth knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes and materials to produce usable and aesthetically pleasing products. Studying Product Design also promotes an understanding of everyday objects and the technology used to produce them. “Design and technology is about making things that people want and that work well. Creating these things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive, fun activity”. James Dyson, Chairman, Dyson Ltd. “An understanding of the technical possibilities available, together with an interest in and sensitivity to the use of language, gives you the confidence to express your design ideas”. Freda Slack, Type Designer and Typographer, The Foundry.

What will I learn about?

The AS product design course is divided into 2 units:

AS Level Unit 1 Portfolio of Creative Skills (Coursework) In this unit students are given the opportunity to develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities. Students will produce one portfolio with three distinct sections which will demonstrate their creativity and flair when investigating, designing and making products. Unit 2 Design and Technology in Practice In this unit students will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology. It is important for students, as designers, to learn about materials and processes so that they can develop a products can be designed and manufactured. Students will also learn about industrial and commercial practices, and the importance of quality checks and the health and safety issues that have to be considered at all times.

A2 Level Unit 3 Designing for the Future In this unit, students will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. The modern designer must have a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems, and control technology in the design and manufacture of products. They must also be aware of the important contributions of designers from the past which may provide inspiration for future design. It is increasingly important that students develop an awareness of the impact of design and technological activities upon the environment. Sustainable product design is a key feature of modern design practices.

Unit 4 Commercial Design (Coursework) In this unit, students are given the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed throughout this course of study, to design and make a product in collaboration with a real client/user group. Graphic Products has two clearly defined pathways, either ‘conceptual design’ (packaging/vehicle/products/ point of sale design) or ‘the built environment’ (Architecture/Interior, Garden/ Exhibition/Theatre design).

How is it taught?

There will be two teachers who will be jointly responsible for your progress. They will teach you in 5 lessons but you will be expected to advance your coursework projects in your own time as well. You will be encouraged to explore new technologies to develop your work such as 3D CAD packages or autoclaving composite materials (carbon fibre). Students are encouraged through a range of teaching and learning strategies to develop responsibility for their own learning. Discussions, debating, presentation, videos, lectures, research, offer a varied and interesting approach.

How will I be assessed?

Your coursework projects (worth 60%) will be assessed on a regular basis and by an examiner at the end of each course. You will also take an exam (worth 40%) at the end of each course.

Why study Product Design (Graphic Products)?

Product Design at AS and A2 level can lead to many rewarding and interesting careers in architecture, industrial, fashion, jewellery, graphic design and indeed product design. Many courses will link well with AS and A2 product design especially Fine Art and Design based courses. In addition to this, many courses link well with the course that aren’t as obvious for example Maths, Physics, Media Studies and ICT based courses.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a B grade in a relevant subject (such as Graphics, Resistant Materials, Engineering, Art) is required for entry to the course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tuxford Academy Technology College and Training School directly.

Last updated date: 01 December 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September