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.