Design Technology

Design Technology

At Queen’s Gate, Design and Technology is a popular subject. We involve pupils in activities that develop innovation and flair when designing products. Product Design is the focus in our department and pupils work in a range of materials including wood, metal, plastic, graphics, electronics and textiles materials.

Key Stage 3

We teach primarily through project work, but we also involve the pupils in one off creative activities. Theory is built into the project work, and across the three year course, pupils work in a range of materials and touch on many of the theory topics covered at GCSE.

Key Stage 3 projects
Remove Animal charity puzzle Woods, plastics, graphics
Airline cutlery packaging Development nets, with final packaging cut using CAMM1
LIV Artist easel Wood and finishing
Laser cut desk storage Modelling, CAD/CAM, plastics
IV Picaxe Cyberpet Programming, electronics, plastics
Table Case Graphics, dye sublimation and textiles

Key Stage 4

OCR Product Design GCSE

At Queen’s Gate, we allow our students to choose their material focus for the practical project. They can work using, wood, plastic, textiles, electronics or graphics materials. They can combine any of these materials if they wish. In our department we encourage creativity and do not believe in restricting pupils to one single material focus.

The course consists of four units:

  • Developing and applying design skills – a design unit which encourages creativity
  • Making, testing and marketing products – manufacture of chosen product, including the marketing of the product
  • Innovation Challenge – an examination unit which tests creativity and modeling skills
  • Design Influences – examination unit where design influences such as ergonomics, sustainability and aesthetics are tested. The paper also involves looking at a given era or movement and designing a product in that style.

Key Stage 5

OCR Product Design A Level

This course builds on the knowledge and skills of GCSE. The course consists of four units:

  • Product study – Detailed analysis leading to the re-design of a product
  • Advanced Innovation Challenge – examination unit which tests creativity and modeling skills
  • Design, Make, Evaluate – major project which includes forming an individual design brief, detailed research, design development, realisation, testing, evaluation and marketing of the product
  • Product Design – theory based examination unit, also containing a design section. This paper tests knowledge and understanding of topics such as materials, manufacture, commercial issues, ergonomics, sustainability

Department layout and equipment

Our department consists of a workshop, design studio, design studio annexe and two storage areas. The software we use includes Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and Rhino 3D. Major equipment includes 3D printer, vinyl cutter, workbenches, design tables, laser cutter, desktop computers, laptops, inkjet printers (A3 & A1), dye sublimation system, fretsaws, sanding machines, bandsaw, hot wire cutters, line benders, spray booth, plastics oven and pillar drills.