A-Level Design & Technology
Design & Technology allows students to focus on different strands of Design such as; Architecture, Interior Design, Graphic Design and Product Design. Studying Design & Technology will equip students with the skills for careers in these areas.
“The goods of today are the resources of tomorrow at yesterday’s resource prices” Walter Stahel
Entry onto A Level courses includes students achieving 5 grade 5 or above including English and Mathematics. It is a benefit to have a Design & Technology or Art background but is not essential.
In year one students will complete an internally assessed portfolio of work. This portfolio is separated into a selection of live briefs completed throughout the year which are recognised by Universities. They will also complete a series of sketchbook tutorials which will focus on typography and iterative product design. The entire course is immersed with sustainability and environmental impact, meaning all design decisions need to include this for the highest possible grades. In addition to traditional designer tools like rendering pens and sketchbooks they will also explore industry standard software including Autodesk Fusion and Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. Finally, in year two, students will demonstrate their knowledge in the range of different tools, equipment and processes to answer a brief of their choice. This allows students to tailor their outcome to suit their future educational or career pathways.
Ways to help my child succeed
- Access to ICT and a computer will allow students to work on the many different software packages in their own time to enhance work. Students may also be required to use the school workshop facilities in their own time.
- All useful work is shared digitally using Google Drive by the D&T team.