Head of Faculty: Mr James Playford
Design Technology is a subject of application. The application of scientific knowledge, of artistic endeavour and of divergent (creative) thought processes. One of the main aims of the department is to inspire and empower our future designers and engineers and excite passion in our teaching so that they can develop products they love with sensitivity to an ever-changing world market and clientele.
an object is not from nature, then someone has had to sit down and sketch a solution for it – an answer to the problem. A quick look at the world around us gives us a pretty good idea of how vast, and how important, design as a subject discipline is.
To design can be defined as ‘to conceive a mental plan for something’. Design consists of gathering information about the present state of the world around us, processing that information and planning for some kind of intervention either by modifying what is already there or by introducing something new. The designer is not just interested in the material environment but also in the political, social and economic considerations which affect people’s priorities.
Design manifests itself in a multitude of ways during our lives from our early experiences of building with blocks through to more complex problem solving activities which draw up our knowledge of materials, processes and investigation into everyday products.
Who is this course suitable for?
The only requirement to start the course is that you have a proven, genuine interest in the subject and a desire to learn. Students who achieve a merit or above at BTEC will be suited to higher level courses. Students who have not studied a technology related course will find it more challenging, so would be wise to consider the standard level option.
Any student with a proven interest and capability in designing and making is welcome on the Diploma programme. This could be from a GCSE or equivalent course that you have studied a portfolio of work that you bring with you or a recommendation from your teacher.
This course is especially suited to those wishing to pursue design at university level and those wishing to have a career in the creative industries.
Changes in the new syllabus will give students a greater opportunity to develop a portfolio of creative design work which will be valuable during the university application process.
Why is Design Technology important?
The world needs creative thinkers and problem solvers. The course teaches the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to help develop these characteristics. You will learn about design technology by designing and making products – so the learning is practical and fun. Studying design technology adds breadth and balance to the IB Diploma learning experience. If you like learning by doing and using your creative potential, this course could be for you.
The course provides you with a broad understanding of issues relating to designing and manufacturing using modern materials and processes. You also have to learn about the increasing role of the designer’s responsibility in terms of ethics and the environment.
Design projects and theory work are closely aligned. You be assessed on a major design project and by examination at the end of the course.
Standard level: 150 hours
Higher level: 240 hours
Standard Level Core Topics (SL)
Additional Higher Level Topics (HL)
Topic 1: Human factors and ergonomics
Topic 2: Resource management and sustainable production
Topic 3: Modelling
Topic 4: Raw materials to final product
Topic 5: Innovation and Design
Topic 6: Classic Design
Topic 7: User centered design
Topic 8: Sustainability
Topic 9: Innovation and markets
Topic 10: Commercial production