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What is it and why should I do it?

Product Design and Technology is about designing and making things in an era of sustainability, both individually and collaboratively. You will be able to explore your creativity while developing really handy organisation, planning and communication skills. In Unit 1, you will work on the sustainable modification or improvement of an existing product. In Unit 2, you will work collaboratively in teams to design, develop and make a product or range of products. You will also investigate how others go about designing and making so your work is influenced by others and not done in isolation.

Click here for a short video by Brian Pender taking about the subject.

Some images of jewellery made by middle school students at Princes Hill.

What will I do in class?

You will be learning about all elements of the design process and the role of the designer in society while designing and making jewellery. This has a particular emphasis on sustainable design into the future. You will develop a design folio which contains all the essential information, designing and planning necessary to make an object in your chosen materials. There will be time for investigation, class discussion and getting assistance from your teacher. There is also time to support the making of objects by learning how to use tools, equipment and learn new processes. There is about a 50/50 division between practical and theory work.

How much homework will I have?

You will be expected to support your work in the classroom by doing some designing and planning at home. There will also be some written, investigation tasks for you to complete. Some class time will be allocated for this, but most will need to be done at home. Time allocation will vary, but approximately 2 hours each week should be planned for.

How do I satisfactorily complete the unit?

To obtain an 'S' in Product Design and Technology you need to show you have met the 'Outcomes' for both Units 1 and 2. The Outcomes relate directly to the work you do in class and at home. You will meet the Outcomes by satisfactorily developing a Design Folio and making the product planned in it.

Unit 1 - Sustainable Product Redevelopment

Outcome 1

By the end of the unit, you should show you can design and plan the redevelopment of a product, which would become a different product with consideration of sustainability issues. This is your Design Folio.

Outcome 2

By the end of this unit, you should be able to select and apply materials, tools, equipment and processes to make the redeveloped product, and compare this with the original product. This will be the object you make and the evaluation based on pre-determined criteria for evaluation.

Unit 2- Collaborative Design

Outcome 1

By the end of this unit you should show you can design and plan a product or range of products collaboratively in response to a design brief. This will be your work (documented) within your team and the Design Folio you developed.

Outcome 2

By the end of this unit you should be able to justify, manage and use appropriate production processes to make a product safely and evaluate individually and as a member of a team, the processes and materials used and the suitability of a product or components of a group of products against the design brief.

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VCAA Product Design and Technology 

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Designers play an important role in our daily lives. They determine the form and function of the products we use. They transform ideas into drawings and plans for the creation and manufacture of useful products that fulfil human needs and wants. In recent history, the use of resources to create an ever-increasing array of products has resulted in designers adopting a more sustainable approach to design, manufacture, use and disposal. In this study students assume the role of a designer-maker, which involves the identification and definition of need; investigation through informed research to aid the development of ideas and solutions; the development of a knowledge of materials and processes; planning, construction and evaluation.

Product Design Technology - Wood/Jewellery

 Unit 1: Product Redesign and Sustainability

Unit 1 introduces students to the design process, product design factors and intellectual property. Students consider an existing product and how it fulfils the needs of the end user. Students consider how it could be improved, including its sustainability. Students develop a design brief and evaluation criteria to assess design options and the product they produce in response to the design brief.


There are two elements to the assessment for Unit 1:

   A design folio that contains a design brief, evaluation criteria, research, design options, working drawings, production plan and an evaluation report.

   A completed product with records of production and modification.

Unit 2: Collaborative Design

Design is a collaborative enterprise involving many people with specialised knowledge and skills. In unit 2, students work individually and in teams to develop an item in a product range that addresses a problem, need or opportunity and consider the associated human-centred design factors. Students gain inspiration from an historical and/or cultural design movement or style and its defining factors such as ideological or technological change, philosophy or aesthetics. 


There are two elements to the assessment for Unit 2:

   A design folio that contains a design brief, evaluation criteria, relevant research, design options, working drawings, production plans and an evaluation report. 
   A completed product that is part of a product range with records of production and modification.

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