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.
- 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.