This field offers the experience of a practical subject where students design, create and evaluate timber or metal products. Tech studies develop practical skills in using appropriate workshop machinery, mechanisms, various materials and computer-aided drawing. Students learn the safe use of workshop machinery and, in Senior School, can study timber ecosystems, furniture history, materials usage, timber finishing techniques, 3D model printing and CAD drawing using computer technologies.
Design & Technologies has a practical focus. Students use materials including wood, metal, and plastic to design and create items and equipment. This involves the development of hand skills and a safety mindset and includes the use of technology, such as 3D modelling and printers.
Students also cultivate and utilise a wide range of cognitive skills, including:
- Communication using text, technical drawings, and images
- Critical and creative thinking
- Analysis and evaluation
- A systematic approach to problem-solving and the process of design
Most importantly, Design & Technologies is an active subject that students enjoy.
The Design & Technology course is designed for students who have an interest in manufacturing technologies or for those who are interested in pursuing a trade pathway. Students can choose a material, either wood or metal, to work with to design, make, and evaluate their plans and work. They undertake tasks to gain skills and understanding of materials and processes. Students create a product within the constraints of a design brief utilising skills learned during these skills tasks.
Students gain skills in using a variety of tools and equipment depending on their choice of material.
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