Product Design

Technology: Product Design Three-dimensional Design

Three-dimensional Design is concerned with the designing, prototyping, modelling or making of functional and aesthetic consumer products, interiors and architecture. Students should engage with appropriate processes, materials and construction techniques, using maquettes, models and working drawings to help take their initial ideas through to realisation.

Students will also understand that Three-dimensional Design practitioners may work within a small team environment or work as freelance practitioners. They may be responsible for a particular aspect of the Design or Production process or for the entire design cycle. They will need good communication skills in order to liaise with clients and to promote themselves as three-dimensional designers.

Course Content

The course has been designed to provide a broad educational basis for further training, for further education or for moving into employment within the design and engineering sector. This is achieved by ensuring that students develop the general skills, knowledge and understanding needed within the sector.

GCSE Product Design covers a wide range of activities based on designing and making products that are manufactured using materials such as wood, metal and plastics in many forms. As well as learning hand skills, you will use a range of industrials processes to shape and form materials into functioning products. Over the course of three years you will develop a whole range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge and understanding relating to Product Design and invaluable transferable skills such as problem-solving and time management.

Exams and Assessment

A final grade is calculated by combining marks from the portfolio of work Unit 1 with the externally set task Unit 2. The portfolio accounts for 60% of the marks and the externally set task for 40%. Portfolio work and exam preparation are very important. The course is three years long.

Why choose Product Design?

Product Design involves a broad approach to the designing and making of innovative and new products.