Product Design GCSE calls for pupils to become independent, creative problem solvers they will research what people want from products such as electrical goods utensils or furniture, and developing a range of ideas and producing products suitable for sale .
There is a significant research element to the subject where pupils will study past and present designers, ergonomics, environmental and sustainability issues, moral and ethical design, product lifecycles industrial practices and making techniques.
The course does contain a large sketching and drawing element too, where we work with a range of media to produce what the exam board described as exemplary design sheets. We also use Photoshop to present students portfolios this makes them look so professional that it often gets mistaken for post sixteen coursework at national events where we showcase our students work each year.
Practical skills are important although less so than in more traditional craft based subjects like Resistant materials. Pupils on product design will work with metals, woods, plastics, smart materials, precious metals and stones, and casting and modelling materials in the first year before creating a final outcome in year 11.
3D design could take you into a number of exciting career paths, such as:
Creation of computer generated imagery
Computer aided design for industry
3D artist/ designer /maker
3D design is an enormously satisfying career. You have an idea and – with the use of drawings, tools and computers – it comes to life. Imagine how satisfying it must be for the person who designed the iPhone or Razor to hold the finished product in their hand?
Product Design pupils have access to a range of equipment and access to high quality materials allowing pupils to produce anything from furniture and jewellery to prototype electrical devices or lighting solutions.
We make use of several industry standard 3D design packages that can be used to operate a range of computer controlled devices such as a mill, lathe and router.
The examination includes a 20 A3 page Portfolio, 40 hours of practical work and a 2 hour written examination.
This GCSE tends to suit self motivated, hard working pupils.