Product Design is a subject of increasing relevance in this era of emphasis on design and on technological advances. Understanding the basic principles of good design, the ways in which people interact with it, and the inter-relationship between function and form is an increasingly marketable skill; one which requires not only creativity and practicality, but also academic and intellectual capability.
Product Design is offered at A-level to all pupils with an interest in the creation of … well, almost anything! It is an advantage to have studied a related GCSE in Product Design, but for students with demonstrable creative skills and a strong work ethic it may be possible to access the course without this. Pupils are encouraged to work in media of their choice in creating a substantial practical project. Recent work has included an innovatively-designed chess board, and an evening dress made from recycled crisp packet liners!
The department is proud to showcase the work of its students in the annual end of year Art and Technology Exhibition, which never fails to stimulate conversation and comment. Pupils’ study is enriched by trips and visits, for example to the TENT Exhibition in London.
At A-level, the department’s objectives are:
- To enable students to develop a comprehensive portfolio of work to demonstrate a wide range of media, design skills and manufacturing processes
- To raise awareness of good design and to enable students to become discerning consumers
- To enhance analytical and problem-solving skills in order to justify design concepts
- To provide a good foundation to allow a smooth transition into degree courses or careers in the creative industry
Preparation for A-level – Design Movements Timeline