Design Technology and Graphics (A/T/M)

Course information

This course is designed to allow students to follow many main pathways: The main streams are: Architecture, Graphic Design, and Industrial Design

The study of Design Technology and Graphics explores the purposeful use of technologies and creative processes to produce design solutions. Students acquire knowledge and develop skills using technologies and other processes appropriately, to design and create graphic solutions, products, systems and built environments with a mind to a ‘preferred future’.

A design literate student will solve problems through investigation, analysis, innovation, planning, production, evaluation, communication and marketing. Students develop insights into how design is culturally, socially and ethically constructed with an environmentally sustainable approach to product life cycles.

Post-school pathways

Design Technology and Graphics, provides pathways in a range of related fields such as architecture, digital 3D modelling, industrial design, engineering, interior design, graphic design, furniture design, fashion, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, and trade based careers.

Workload expectation

Tertiary students are expected to spend two hours per week to revise and practice techniques learnt in class, this includes drawing skills, software use and practice as well as technology tools.

Course pattern

Available as a Minor, Major, Major-Minor, or Double Major course in the following streams.

Industrial Design Stream

This stream introduces students to the design process which is followed by designing and making small scaled projects eventually designing full scale projects. The students look at the influences on product design and concentrate on the formation of a design portfolio which illustrates their understanding of materials, products and processes as applied to their design solution. Students are also introduced to the production of 2D and 3D drawings and computer based drawing design skills.

Suggested Minor course

Semester

Unit

1

Industrial Design Foundation

2

Environmental Design

Suggested Major course

Semester

Unit

1

Industrial Design Foundation

2

Environmental Design

3

Design and Manufacture

4

Major Design Project

Industrial Design Foundation

This unit introduces students to the design process which is followed to design and make small projects e.g. sticky tape dispenser and desk tidy to fulfil the requirements of a given design brief. The students look at the influences on product design and concentrate on the formation of a design portfolio which illustrates their understanding of materials, products and processes as applied to their design solution.

Environmental Design

In this unit students evaluate environments related to Design and Technology.  They look at ecological sustainability and understand the principles of environmental design and human interactions.  They will explore solutions to design briefs where they will produce and present environmental designs.

Design and Manufacture

In this unit students will use a formal design process to produce products that demonstrate an understanding of various resistant materials.

Major Design Project

This unit allows students to undertake an independent project where they apply the design process to develop a major project of their choice. In this project they will need to demonstrate competency in design and in using materials, equipment and processes.

Graphic Design Stream

Our Graphic Design students explore the design principles and elements, and then apply them through projects for a variety of mediums including T-shirts, magazine and poster design. Students learn how to effectively use typography, colour and imagery to create visual messages for the intended target audience.

Suggested Minor course

Semester

Unit

1

Graphic Design Foundation

2

Graphic Design Application

Suggested Major course

Semester

Unit

1

Graphic Design Typography

2

Graphic Design-Major Project

3

Design and Manufacture

4

Major Design Project

Graphic Design

Students communicate ideas in oral, visual, written and 3D presentations.  They explore the design process to create products for print and screen.  Students are involved in creating printed designs for T shirts and are involved in magazine design.

Graphic Design Applications

Students apply graphic design processes and follow a design brief to work with a client to develop an idea, produce work and critique their work.  They are involved in developing logos.

Graphic Design Typography

In this unit students look at how graphic design impacts the society and the environment. They look at fundamental principles of visual communication. They use typographical layout principles to find solutions in their design projects.

Major Design Project

The content of this unit can be associated with any of the strands of the course and is an opportunity for students to independently concentrate on a specific component of Design and Graphics.  Students will write their own design brief and follow the design process to solve the brief, documenting the process in a design folio.

Architecture Stream

Students learn the basics of building and landscape design and use the computer packages available to create portfolios of their work.  Projects in architecture are based on realistic design scenarios.

Suggested Minor course

Semester

Unit

1

Architecture Foundations

2

Architecture Applications

Suggested Major course

Semester

Unit

1

Architecture Foundations

2

Architecture Applications

3

Architecture Advanced

4

Architecture Major Project

Architecture

The use of architectural principles in the production of a range of tasks is studied. Students will develop a design brief and generate solutions for domestic, commercial or industrial situations. They will develop fundamental presentation techniques and be introduced to architectural CADD software.

Architecture Applications

Students will develop understandings of building architectural terminology and language and demonstrate how architectural design impacts society and the environment. They will look at human needs and sustainable and environmental designs.  Students will present their architectural ideas and concepts in oral, written, CADD and 3D presentations.

Architecture Advanced

The use of architectural principles in the production of tasks from a design brief. Students will develop solutions for domestic, commercial or industrial situations, including the redevelopment of land parcels, defence building and surrounds.  They will develop fundamental presentation techniques and continue to use architectural CADD software.

Major Design Project

The content of this unit can be associated with any of the strands of the course and is an opportunity for students to independently concentrate on a specific component of Design and Graphics.  Students will write their own design brief and follow the design process to solve the brief, documenting the process in a design folio.