About the course
A-level Design and Technology: Product Design (3-D Design) helps students take a broad view of design and technology, develop your capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing and presenting information effectively.
Who is the course suitable for?
The course is 50% practical, hands on making and design tasks. It will suit learners who enjoy practical work and enjoy following the full design and make process from start to finish. The course aims are to encourage learners to be creative. Recognise and overcome challenges and constraints when working towards the production of high-quality products. It will also provide you with a solid foundation in Product Design if you wish to progress to further education or employment. If you have an interest in, enthusiasm for or simply enjoy Design and technology then this course could be right for you.
The requirements for this course are preferably a GCSE in a Design Technology related subject (but all applicants will be considered).
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.
Your A Level studies cover four main topics, and you’ll study two of these each year. In ‘Materials, components and application’ – you’ll look at materials, production processes and the impact of cost and design. In ‘Learning through designing and making’ you’ll produce some coursework using your own design with a range of materials and media. In the second year you’ll get to grips with ‘Design and manufacture’ – helping you to appreciate the relationship between design and technology, or form and function. ‘Design and making in practice’ is the practical, coursework part. You’ll make an object and record the processes that you went through.
3D design could take you into a number of exciting career paths. Of course there’s product or automotive design. But what about computer generated cartoons? Or maybe CAD for industry appeals to you more? This course could take you into architecture, teaching, manufacturing, advertising or engineering.