Design Technology Year 9
'Designing is not a profession but an attitude. Design has many connotations. It is the organisation of materials and processes in the most productive way, in a harmonious balance of all elements necessary for a certain function. It is the integration of technological, social, and economical requirements, biological necessities, and the psychological effects of materials, shape, colour, volume and space. Thinking in relationships.'
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Photographer, Graphic Designer, Co-Founder, Bauhaus
This course involves the students taking on the role of a product designer creating everyday products. Students present their ideas in many different ways, depending upon the product and the stage of the design. They use drawings, photography and computer generated images to explain and produce models to sell their ideas.
Students use graphic techniques and ICT, including computer aided manufacture to develop, model and communicate design proposals. Different societies, age, cultural, environmental and historical issues need to be taken into account in the planning of and designing of these products. Students may use a broad range of materials in the modelling, prototyping or manufacture of their products such as paper/card, timber based materials, metals, plastics, polystyrene, Styrofoam, textiles and plaster of paris.
Students considering taking Design and Technology as a GCSE will complete a 6 week ‘taster’ session which will introduce them to new skills as well as building on existing knowledge.
The GCSE is run as a three year programme commencing in January of Year 9. In Year 9 students develop their communication and creative thinking skills as well as increasing their materials knowledge through a series of design and make tasks. Students work on a range of Product Design Projects that include:
- A jewellery making project
- The Dyson vacuum cleaner
- USB sticks
- Pop-up book