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D&T: Product Design A/S 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 One - AS Unit 1 Portfolio of Creative SkillsThe students will: Develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigations, design and manufacturing activities. Produce one portfolio with three distinct products which will demonstrate their creativity and flair when investigating designs and making. The products must be of either resistant materials technology or a graphic product. 60% Unit 2 Design and Technology in practiceStudents will: Develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes so that they gain a better understanding of how products can be designed and manufactured. Learn about industrial and commercial practices including quality checks and health and safety issues. 40%

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

3D Design goes well with other subjects. If you want a career in design you might also consider Art & Design, Business Studies, Computing or Electronics as companion A Levels.

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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