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The Design Technology studio/workshop areas are Food, Glass, Metal, Textiles and Wood. In years 9 & 10 students will deepen their knowledge of skills and materials by investigating and developing design solutions through the particular lens of a material based studio/workshop approach. The use of a range of tools and equipment to develop skills and techniques will be undertaken with the consideration of health and safety aspects of the studio and materials used. In Design Technology studio areas investigating, designing, producing, analysing and evaluating are all critical components.

The following elective subjects are available in the Design Technology stream:
 

 Costume Making


Students will investigate, design, produce and evaluate costume making in the areas of their own interest. Documentation of this process will include fashion sketching and digital documentation. Students will complete a research project on a costume designer of their own choice. This graded research project will be recorded on the students' end of semester report, including continuous assessment of the design process, skill development and their completed costume,

Students will need to purchase an A4 plastic pocket display book, fabric, thread, notions such as zips and possibly a commercial pattern. This will vary according to the student’s interests and skill level.

 Food Technology


Students explore the range of food cultures on offer through a world tour style approach to cooking. They focus on a range of different food scenes, studying them and creating dishes from each of the many cultures. There is also a strong focus on the influences to Australia's ever-changing cuisine, and how significant events in history have changed the food we eat.
Students will be cooking on a weekly basis, with assessments incorporating both theory and practical components. The aim is to further build student's knowledge and passion for the culinary arts and to gain skills that can be applied in future life, including a focus on preserves and creativity in the creation of a unique flavoured pasta dish. We also have a focus on food photography and the role it plays in the promotion of food.

 Jewellery


Students will learn about ways of making jewellery, develop an appreciation for good design, and learn the process of manufacture. They will investigate, design, produce and evaluate a range of designs and production methods. This may include fabricating, colouring, stone setting and casting. All students will participate in the Middle School Challenge and exhibit their work both on-line and via the college website and the MS Exhibition. 

Assessment will be based on the quality of the completed work, including practical projects, design folio and work on the subject wiki. (Personal Learning)

Students will contribute a fee towards the cost of materials through the School Charges.

 Glass


Kiln formed glass uses cold glass that is placed in a kiln for firing. Students will be involved in cutting, fusing, slumping and the casting of glass to produce a range of pieces from platters and bowls to sculpture and decorative art works. They will investigate, design, produce and evaluate a range of designs and production methods.

Students will be assessed on work produced, sketch book and a written project on visual analysis and response to glass art.

 Metal

This course aims to explore and expand on a variety of skills, techniques and processes used in working with metals and related materials with a focus on casting. Students will learn these in conjunction with practical work. All students will participate in the Middle School Challenge and exhibit their work both on-line and via the college website and the Middle School Exhibition. Students will investigate, design, produce and evaluate.

Assessment will be based on the quality of the completed work, including practical projects, design folio and work on the subject wiki. (Personal Learning)

Students will contribute a fee towards the cost of materials through the School Charges.

 Fashion


Students will investigate, design, produce and evaluate textile product making and garment construction in the areas of their own interest. Documentation of this process will include fashion sketching and digital documentation. Students will complete an investigation into the Fashion Industry and its relationship to global issues. This graded research project will be recorded on the students' end of semester report, including continuous assessment of the design process, skill development and their completed product.

Students will need to purchase an A4 plastic pocket display book, fabric, thread, notions such as zips and possibly a commercial pattern. This will vary according to the student’s interests and skill level.

 Wood


This course aims to develop a variety of skills and technology when working with wood and related materials. Students will explore the characteristics and properties of a variety of timbers through a series of projects that will involve the safe and correct use of hand and some power tools.

Students will investigate, design, produce and evaluate.

Assessment will be based on investigation of alternative design approaches by designers, research assignment on timber growth and sustainability, design brief and workshop drawings, and the satisfactory completion and evaluation of the products.

Each student will require a 2H pencil and a sketch book for designs, plans, notes and evaluation. There will be a fee of $30.



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