Product Design

Product Design 


Product Design is an exciting practical subject which involves designing, making, testing and marketing new products such as furniture, jewellery, electronic devices, interior decorations and functional objects. Pupils develop decision-making skills through individual and collaborative working, and are taught how to operate a design workshop. Pupils study designers work for inspiration, and will visit design studios, museums and galleries in London.


Why study Product Design?        


  • To learn how to work with the latest design technology in order to acquire a broad range of transferable skills.
  • To gain access to a very wide range of job opportunities, apprenticeships and higher education courses in the design fields. Potential careers include architecture, product design, graphic communication, PR and marketing.
  • Provides opportunities to develop your skills and talents and explore your own ideas in a very hands on way.
  • A qualification in product design will give you lifelong skills in designing and making using a range of materials.
  • Creativity and problem solving are highly valued qualities sought after by potential employers.


Exam Board and Specification AQA Product Design GCSE 
Key areas of content          
  • Analysing existing products in the current markets.
  • Researching designers work from a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Carrying out research in studios, galleries, shops and museums.
  • Ethical design and manufacture, with a view to producing sustainable products.
  • Design and make own products using wood, metal or plastics.
  • Apply systems and control, computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM), digital media, electronicsand new technologies.
  • Operating  a laser cutter, vacuum former, hand and machine tools, 3D printer and large format printers plus associated health and safety issues.


Assessment arrangements


  • Unit 1 Creative Design and Make coursework, set and marked internally with a mark out of 100. 60% of total GCSE.
  • Unit 2 Knowledge and Understanding of Resistant Materials Technology timed exam of one hour 30 minutes set and marked by the exam board in June. Mark out of 80. 40% of total GCSE.


Textbooks, websites and other relevant material
  • What is design today? Marcus, George H
  • Phone book: A handy guide to the worlds favourite invention Thompson, Henrietta
  • Product design Erlhoff, Michael
  • Metals Lefteri, Chris
  • Objects of Design from the Museum of Modern Art Antonelli, Paola
  • Collapsibles: A design album of space-saving objects Mollerup, Per
  • 1000 Lights 1878 - 1959 Fiell, Charlotte
  • Industrial design A to Z Fiell, Charlotte
  • Product design and development Ulrich, Karl T
  • The dream factory: Alessi since 1921 Alessi, Alberto
  • 20th century design McDermott, Catherine
  • The Conran Directory of Design Conran,  Octopus
  • Bauhaus Source Book Rowland, A (1990)   Phaidon
  • An Illustrated History of Jewellery, Newton, H (1981) Thames and Hudson
Any other information Pupils have access to a fantastically well resourced design workshop including a specialist design library, a suite of mac books, CS6 art and design software, a wide range of brand new hand and machine tools, a brazing hearth, a large format printer, a 3D printer and a laser cutter.

Each department has a 'DNA', that is to say our vision for that department. The DNA of the Product Design Department (falls within Art & Design DNA) can be viewed here:

Bolingbroke Academy Subject DNA: Product Design

To view the full subject curriculum for Key Stage 4 please click here: Key Stage 4 Curriculum 2017-18


If you have any queries please contact the Lead Product Design Teacher Ms Idris