This option involves the designing and making of products and systems using a range of both traditional and contemporary materials and technologies. The students are encouraged to consider the needs of the consumer, manufacturer and not least the environment when designing solutions. They will develop the communication skills of drawing, modelling and verbal presentation alongside developing their creative and persistent approach to problem-solving.
The specification aims to promote the careful, thoughtful and skilful use of materials, principally wood, metals, plastics, composites, smart and modern materials to design lasting solutions to real-world problems.
This course should be chosen by students considering careers in product design, architecture, automotive/transport design, many of the engineering fields such as civil engineering and mechanical engineering.
Possible career paths include:
- Product Design
- Architecture, spatial design, interior design
- Manufacturing technology in a particular material (such as plastics)
- Materials Science
- Research and development work
- Furniture design and/or manufacture
- Bespoke craft-Work
Careers emphasising the need for problem-solving skills, project management and innovation
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