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Product Design

PRODUCT DESIGN A LEVEL

Whether you have thought about it or not, design is a part of everyday life. Product Design is there from the moment you wake. Your senses are bombarded by the sounds, colours, smells and textures of products. The design process has been applied to things we use every day to make our lives easier, from the built environment we live and work in, to smaller products such as smart phones. Most products have been designed in order to provide solutions to specific problems identified by individual designers, clients or corporate organisations. Some are totally new ideas, but most are the result of improvements made to existing products.

You will study a wide selection of theory topics such as materials, components and applications for products. You will develop a strong understanding of the design process and manufacturing systems. Taking A-Level Product Design will prepare you in developing your creative and innovative design skills that will be enhanced by your determination to solve problems and achieve a satisfaction for the portfolio of work you will have worked so hard to create.

3D Design could take you into a number of innovative and exciting career paths. To start with there is product or automotive design. But what about computer generated cartoons? Or maybe CAD/CAM appeals to you more? This course could take you into a variety of dynamic careers such as architecture, teaching, manufacturing, advertising or engineering so the possibilities are endless if you have a passion for design. Within the 3D Design industry, there are enormously fulfilling career paths. You have an idea and with the use of tools such as blue foam or 3D CAD programs – it comes to life. Imagine how satisfying it must be for British designer Johnathan Ive who designed the
iPhone to hold the finished product in his hand. Can it get any better than that?

Course Outline

The AS is the first part of the two year course which comprises of two units of work:
Unit 1 - Materials, Components and Application.
(Written exam) 50% of AS, 25% of A Level.
Unit 2 - Learning through Design and Making.
(Controlled Assessment) 50% of AS, 25% of A Level.

The A Level is the second part of the two year course which comprises of two units of work:
Unit 3 – Design and Manufacture. (Written exam) 50% of A Level.
Unit 4 – Design and Making Practice. (Controlled
Assessment) 50% of A Level.

Assessment

Both AS & A2 are assessed with one electronic portfolio based on a major project and one written
exam taken at the end of the academic year. Both assessments are worth 50% each. The exam lasts for 2 hours.

Requirements

GCSE Grade B or above in Art or a Design Technology subject such as Product Design.
GCSE Grade 5 or above in English and Maths.