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Product Design AS/A Level at Hall Cross Academy

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.

This fascination with 3D Design goes back to flint arrow heads and earthenware pots.

As a designer you are at the crossroads of a number of skills.

Of course 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.

3D Design is an enormously satisfying career. You have an idea and – with the use of tools like clay or computers – it comes to life. Imagine how satisfying it must be for the person who designed the iPhone to hold the finished product in their hand.

Course content

AS Level

AS Prod 1: Materials, components and application. Look at the materials, production processes and the impact of cost and design. 2 hour written examination.

AS Prod 2: Learning through designing and making. Produce a portfolio of work using your own designs with a range of materials and media. Practical work on two design briefs.

A Level

A2 Prod 3: Design and manufacture. Helps you to appreciate the relationship between design and technology, or form and function. 2 hour written examination.

A2 Prod 4: Design and making in practice. The practical, coursework part. You’ll make an object and record the process that you went through. Practical work on your chosen design brief.

Entry requirements

B grade in Product Design.


The course is 50% controlled assessment and 50% examination (2 hour exam).

AS level makes up 50% of the A2 result.

Future opportunities

3D Design could take you into a number of exciting career paths.

Of course there’s product or automotive design, but what about computer generated cartoons?

Or maybe CAD for industry appeals to you more?

This course could take you into architecture, teaching, manufacturing, advertising or engineering.

Further information

The D & T Product Design 3D will help you develop a number of skills:

  • How to assemble data and assess it.
  • How to investigate facts and use deduction.
  • How to put over your point of view fluently.
  • How to work as a team to achieve results.
  • How to take responsibility for your own learning.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hall Cross Academy directly.

Last updated date: 17 May 2016
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