7-11 Design Technology
I’ve always been intrigued at how design is able to improve people’s lives. What’s most exciting is passing that knowledge on to future generations. Who knows what designs and innovations they’ll come up with in the future?
Mr Young (DT Subject Lead)
Exam Board: AQA
Qualification: GCSE Product Design
- Written Examination: 40%
- Controlled Assessment: 60%
Design technology is the study of the design, development and application of computer and non-computer based technology. How a product is designed can define its function, its iconography and its marketability. Some of the most recognisable and loved applications in our lives owe their notoriety to their design. Think the iPod, Dyson vacuum cleaner, Beetle Car, the Hammersmith Academy building, all triumphs of design and practical creativity.
DT is not just limited to product design, it also has application in the building design, construction and maintenance industries.
All modern designers have to consider sustainable issues when designing new products. A sign of the modern technological age in which we live is that human actions have had a negative impact on our environment. New products provide solutions rather than add to the existing problems of extractions and use of natural resources, pollution from manufacturing and disposal of large amounts of waste products.
What’s unique about HA DT?
All three staff members are degree level architectural specialists. The DT workshop comes fully equipped with a 3D printer, laser cutter, pewter caster, CADCAM, Photoshop, everything a professional design technologist needs. The department is given a great deal of independence to explore and experiment and allows the students space to create and innovate as much as possible.
Recent adventures in DT
Our Year 9s entered the CPI Paperwork Competition and our Year 7s are gearing up for the Teen Tech Awards 2017.