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Product Design


Our KS4 3D Product Design course allows students to build on the knowledge and skills developed at KS3, as they explore world of producing 3D product design.

Through using a variety of different approaches such as CAD/CAM and traditional workshop tools, students will explore pioneering artists, draw inspiration from 3D structures all around them and create a variety of products in response to set briefs, whilst still allowing enough flexibility for an individual and creative response.

Through their own research and observational studies, students record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in 3D form.  Students will develop a sketchbook for each theme as part of homework, which will support the development of larger coursework pieces completed during lessons.  The sketchbooks and the range of 3D artifacts form the coursework component worth 60%. We aim to stretch and challenge students through the use emerging technologies and skills such as CAD/CAM, using new methods and techniques and students creating their own exciting 3D structures.  Students refine work through experimentation and researching a variety of media, materials, techniques and processes. Students develop their ideas through research of other designers, demonstrating analytical skills and justified personal responses. They make connections between their work and that of others, through the style and development of student work.

During KS4 students develop their analytical skills, use subject specific terminology and start to successfully annotate and critique their own and others work, an essential skill at GCSE. They create work in sketchbooks and acquire presentation skills valuable for KS4. The homework projects extend the learning from the classroom, prepare students for new topics and improves students’ ability to work independently.

Names of staff, roles and contact details

Mr R Shillitoe
Head of Creative Arts

Mr G Williams
Teacher of Product Design

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Y10Introduction to Promenade Rejuvenation projectComplete Promenade Rejuvenation projectIntroduction to Illumination project
Y11Complete Illumination projectIntroduction to Examination questions and preparationCompletion of Examination question (10-hour exam)

Some of the content and/or sequencing in schemes of learning during the academic year 20/21 and academic year 21/22, may differ due to the extended periods of remote learning and other Covid-related disruptions to regular learning.

How and when is my child assessed?

Twice a half term, teachers will mark a student’s ‘portfolio’; this will include any recent physical work and the student’s sketchbook.

Formal marking at these two stages will provide students with a 1-9 grade plus WWW/EBI. The 1-9 grade given should be an indication of where that student ‘is at’ based on the piece of work being marked, and the EBI provided should either inform the student of a target to meet in the next piece of work, or an action that can be applied immediately to improve the current piece of work. Furthermore, this ‘assessment’ window should involve teacher marking of student sketchbooks, again using WWW/EBI to identify next steps. In addition, teachers will appropriately identify areas for improvement with regards to literacy (e.g. Sp) and will use EBIs, so as to plug gaps, correct misconceptions and/or push students even further.

How to support your child in Product Design

Throughout KS3 we explore new and emerging Technologies. We encourage pupils to discuss and question issues that are raised by technology in society and look at how various advances impact on our day to day lives. We ask that parents should encourage their children to watch or read the news, and look for examples of how Design and Technology is shaping our future.

Name of course(s) offeredExam boardLink to specNature of assessment
GCSE 3D Product DesignAQAhttps://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/art-and-design/specifications/AQA-ART-GCSE-SP-2016.pdfComponent 1: Portfolio (60%) - coursework to be completed in class
Component 2: Practical Exam (40%) - 10 hour practical exam in response to a set brief