Product Design at Prospect School
This course is for students who wish to continue their Design and Technology studies through a focus on Product Design. Textiles would be considered but not as a major focus material, i.e. student would be designing an upcycled chair with a creative textiles covering.
An attractive feature of the course is the production of a 3D design and make project which requires the solution of real design problems and examination contexts that assess design and creative ability. This course requires an ability to visualise, sketch, draw and produce models to communicate proposed solutions. ‘A’ level design encourages an awareness of economic, social, political, cultural, aesthetic and environmental issues relating to life around us.
You will learn to propose solutions using a variety of media including freehand drawing, presentation visuals, CAD and CAM, desk top publishing (DTP), photography, and presentations to an audience and prototype construction. You will also learn to take a project from concept to completion.
This will involve a process of ‘synthesis’ which is of a higher order than GCSE coursework. It will involve prototyping, testing procedures, modifications and recommendations. You will be expected to examine the implications for industrial production.
Your project can be undertaken in the materials of your choice provided that resources are readily available and meet assessment criteria. You will acquire knowledge about the working characteristics of a chosen group of materials and more general awareness of other resistant or pliable materials. The choice of materials available for study will depend on the popularity of choice of the majority of those applying for this course but may include a combination of Graphic Media, Resistant Materials and / or Textiles.
- GCSE English and Maths at grade 5 or above
- A GCSE at grade B or above in a Design and Technology subject
- Two other GCSE's at grade C or above
- 50% Written examination
- 50% coursework
This course would form a good basis for further study in Design. For instance, combined with Mathematics and Sciences, leading to Manufacturing, Engineering and Architecture Degree courses, or with the arts to provide a foundation for Product, Fashion, Graphic or Interior Design.
How to apply
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