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: 50%
- Non Examined Assessment: 50%
Design technology is the study of the design, development and application of computer and non-computer based technology.
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 built environment, 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, how do we put this right?
New products MUST 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… this all begins in the DT classroom, the ability to think creatively and act because you know it is the right thing to do is imperative to the sustainability of our way of life for future generations.
Here at HA all three members member of the DT department are degree level architectural specialists. The DT workshop comes fully equipped workshop with unlimited opportunities for creativity. Together we have developed a creative and successful curriculum that has inspired pupils to succeed.
We as a department aim to give pupil opportunity both inside and outside of the school curriculum, this has included entering students into external competitions, or sending them on extra curricula opportunities for further develop both skill and interest in the subject. We have a keen interest in developing STEM education and are looking into a wealth of opportunity again both inside and outside the school curriculum to develop this.
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.