Design and Technology - Product Design: Architecture A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Eastbourne College
Architecture is concerned with the design of the buildings in which we live, work and play and the spaces between these buildings. This course will teach you how the built environment is designed and manufactured and how the architectural design team works. As well as gaining subject specific skills you will also develop transferable skills such as creativity, communication, problem solving, project management, and advanced ICT.
You should consider studying Product Design: Architecture if you have a general interest in design and a specific interest in the built environment. The course would lead to a wide variety of higher education courses including: Architecture, Civil / Structural / Mechanical / Electrical Engineering and Land / Estate / Quantity Surveying. It is a course that combines well with many other subjects – depending on the career route you might require subjects such as Mathematics, Physics, Art, Geography, Information Technology and Business Studies. Experience shows that students who do not get an A or A* in GCSE DT will find it difficult to achieve the highest grades in A level DT. If you have not studied DT at GCSE level an interview with the Head of DT will help to assess your suitability for the course.
60% of the AS is awarded for a major design-and-make project which will require you to research an architectural problem, design solutions, manufacture scale architectural models, and test and evaluate your outcomes. This is a demanding and exciting opportunity requiring creativity, commitment and intellectual rigour. Recent projects have included a new café to replace the Wish Tower café, a new stand for Sussex County Cricket ground and a new indoor tennis centre for Devonshire Park. A key element of AS Design Technology is the integration of industrial mentors. You will have the opportunity to discuss your project with a professional from the design or manufacturing sector who will act as a critical friend; we have close links with Miller Bourne architects and Eastbourne Borough Council Planning Department.. You will also have opportunities to apply for the Crest gold award and to enter competitions – in 2009 two teams reached the final of the RIBA Design a Parliament competition with one winning and being invited to a reception at No 10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister. In 2011 two Architecture students won 2nd and 3rd place in the South of England Craftsman of the Year D&T Category and in 2012 an Architecture student won 1st place in the same competition. Teams are currently undertaking a competition to design a replacement building for the Wish Tower café and developing a business plan.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Eastbourne College directly.