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Design Technology A Level at Campsmount 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. And it’s not a new phenomenon. Our fascination with 3D design goes back to flint arrow heads and earthenware pots. As a 3D 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.

As Alina Wheeler once said; “Design is intelligence made visible!” This is what we like to start our course believing. The whole aspect of product design is to create and manufacture, unique, desirable objects, which are needed by the consumer. As well as understanding the materials available to us and their properties.

If you have enjoyed creating things at GCSE Level in Graphics, Electronics, Resistant Materials or Product Design; if developments in Technology have interested you... this may be the course for you!

Course content

In Year 12

Unit 1 – Materials, Components and Application Based primarily on materials and components and consisting of three sections:
- Section 1 contains compulsory limited response questions
- Section 2 offers a choice of one question from two
- Section 3 contains one compulsory question

Unit 2 – Learning through Design and Making Essentially this is the coursework element of the examination. This work will be undertaken throughout the year, with the setting of a problem, analysis and development of a range of ideas, prior to choosing a final solution.

In Year 13

Unit 3 - Design and Manufacture A written paper based on design and manufacture looking at these subjects in depth:
- Materials and components
- Design and market influence
- Process and manufacture

Unit 4 - Design and Making Practice This is the second piece of coursework, intended to further the ideas of a designer working for a client. We also look at the work of famous designers to inspire and enhance the design element.

Future opportunities

The qualification can lead to a degree in Graphic Design, Product Design, Furniture Making, Industrial Design, 3D Design, Mechanical Engineering, Design Technology for Sport, Design Technology for Aeronautics, Architecture or Teaching. Employment opportunities and prospects within these areas are good.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 June 2015

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