Design and Technology is divided into three key areas of study: Product Design, Textiles and Food. Students are able to experience each area for a 12 week long project within a carousel system. Each project is taught in a specialist classroom/workshop, by a subject specialist teacher. Students produce a design and make project utilising materials and processes appropriate to each subject area. All are encouraged to work creatively and imaginatively.
Product design is suited to students who enjoy the more creative aspects of Design & Technology and who like working with a variety of materials. Students will learn about a range of materials, manufacturing processes, techniques and technologies and be able to use them, as appropriate, in the design and make process.
Textile students will experience a range of practical and theoretical lessons introducing aspects of the Textiles Technology specification. During your course you will be expected to work in similar ways to professional designers.
You will learn about Product analysis and Market research, Design methodology, Presentation techniques, and Industrial manufacturing processes
Food students will learn about the importance of good nutrition, healthy eating, food safety, sustainability, functions of ingredients and manufacturing techniques. Students will develop their practical skills using a variety of specific ingredients to enable them to produce a wide range of increasingly complex products.
In all cases students will be required to produce a design and make project. This is a controlled piece of assessment and should largely be completed within the classroom, but it is still possible for some pieces of work to be completed at home at the discretion of the subject teacher.
The teacher set examinations will test the knowledge, skills and understanding that students have acquired throughout the course. This includes analysing and evaluating products and processes; engaging in focused tasks to develop and demonstrate techniques; engaging in strategies for developing ideas; planning and producing products; considering how past and present design and technology affects society; and recognising the moral, cultural and environmental issues linked to design and technology.
There are many careers related to design and technology. They are found across a wide variety of industries ranging from agriculture, engineering and construction to healthcare and the food and drink industries
Teaching Methods – For each two week cycle students will be timetabled for two periods of 120 minutes each. Lessons are split into two types:
In Design Technology there is a need for regular learning and independent study. Guidance will be given on how to prepare for lessons and consolidate you own learning so that you can have the best chance of success.
Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.
GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.
Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.
Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!
The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (www.saatchionline.com/shtc)