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Sixth Form: Design Technology

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Design Technology – Product Design


Course Title


Head of Department

A-Level Design & Technology:

Product Design

Design and Technology

Mrs H. Cornwell






Course Information

This is a linear course. Year 12 will be based on developing both practical skills and theory knowledge in preparation for the coursework to begin in September 2019 and for the exams to be sat in May 2020.

Paper 1
Content: Technical principles
Written exam: 2.5 hours
120 marks
30% of A-level
Paper 2
Designing and making principles
Written exam: 1.5 hours
80 marks
20% of A-level
Non-exam assessment
Substantial design and make project
100 marks
50% of A-level


Assessment Outline

To produce a concise portfolio which is no more than 6 pages of A4 (not double sided).

Assessment Objectives

To demonstrate analytical, presentation and evaluating skills.
To demonstrate knowledge of materials and processes.
Design brief - To design a range of lighting products in the style of the company Alessi.

Key Skills in this task

Design development.
Rendering using colouring pencils (Materials, textures, 3D shapes).
Evidence of knowledge in construction methods, materials and surface finishes.

Bridging Task

Task Outline

1) To carry out research into the product design company Alessi.
Gather images of various products which reflects Alessi’s style. Annotate the images stating their function and any other points you would like to make. On the page produce a paragraph summarising Alessi’s designs i.e. what makes them unique compared to the more traditional designs.

2) To gather images (not solely from the internet) of a range of lighting products. Include annotation about the ones you have gathered.

3) To design a range of unique home lighting in the style of Alessi. Designs are to include colour pencil rendering and annotation i.e. materials, features, joining methods etc.

4) To choose 1 of your initial ideas to take forward into the design development stage. You are to:

- Develop it at least 3 times to improve its form and function to better suit the Alessi style.
- Add rendering to represent materials, texture, 3D etc.
- Include annotation to show materials, surface finish, construction details, how the design suits
   Alessi etc.

5) Evaluate your work to include:

- What you have found out from this bridging task.
- What skills you feel you have demonstrated.
- What areas from this task you would like to develop on, during the 2 year course. This will be taken
   into consideration to ensure the individual/class needs are met.


Marking Criteria / Assessment Method

The portfolio will demonstrate skills in researching and effectively communicating ideas through sketching, rendering and annotation, leading to a sophisticated solution. The evaluation section will demonstrate how well you can reflect on your strengths and areas for development.