Year 11 Product Design and Technologies Units 1 and 2
Product Design and Technologies focuses on design thinking, creative problem solving and understanding factors that influence design. Through this subject you take on the role of the design maker.
Unit 1: Design practices
You learn how to work through the Double Diamond process, collaborating, researching and generating ideas through critical, creative and speculative thinking. You learn more about the materials you will work with through tests and trials and plan how to make a product of your own design.
Unit 2: Positive impacts for end users
In this unit, you think more about inclusive design, designing for people whose needs are not generally catered for. You will design and make an inclusive product that has a positive impact. You will also explore cultural influences on design.
Who is it for?
This subject is for students who like to be creative and make things, within the discipline of design. You will learn a process to help you expand your ideas, to solve design problems and you will also learn about sustainability.
What do you do?
In studying this subject you will:
- learn about the factors that influence design and use design thinking
- complete an e-folio, using the Double Diamond design process with a design brief, evaluation criteria, research, drawing and modelling ideas; planning of your time, materials, safety and construction methods for your own design
- make the product you designed and at the end, evaluate the product
What skills do you need?
You need the ability to be open to change and to try methods to extend yourself with ideas. You also need to practise drawing (can be digital methods) and construction skills, as well as the confidence to start with a blank page and create something according to limitations.
IMPORTANT: Tuition in ‘making’ is not provided, therefore basic experience in wood, metal or textiles, or access to expert help when needed would be beneficial.
What skills do you develop?
You will improve your ability to ‘think outside the square’. You will come to see that everything can be improved – it just requires research, trying, trialling and thinking.
You will develop the following skills:
- planning and time management
- critical and creative thinking
- designing by using sketches or digital tools
- the ability to choose appropriate materials, processes and tools
- digital file management
- general organisational skills.
You are expected to buy your own materials. A device is required to take photographs of practical work as evidence. All work will be completed and submitted online weekly.
Students working in:
- wood, plastics or metal – need access to a fully equipped workshop with all safety equipment and a supervisor who has completed Department of Education and Training safety requirements (essential)
- textiles – need access to sewing machines in either the classroom or at home.
Things to think about
It is important that you have access to the tools or equipment needed to make the product you design. You should also know how to save and find copies of all your completed work, this way compiling work for assessment, such as an e-folio will be simple.
Things you can do now
Learn the language of the design elements and the design principles to give ideas and explain your drawings and ideas.
Start Researching and Practising Skills
Depending upon the material category you have chosen to work in – wood, metal, plastics or textiles – you can research and practise further skills. Make something over the holidays and try something you haven’t done before. You can practise drawing. There are many instructional videos and websites on the internet. Below are some examples:
Learn about the Double Design Process (2 minute video)and the Factors that influence design in the 2024 – 2028 Study Design on the VCAA website. To find the Study Design and more information about this subject, go to the VCAA home page for Product Design and Technologies
Things to have a look at
Top Designs 2023
Look at student folios and products of A-A+ standard from the previous year of Year 12, selected for display at Melbourne Museum
Top Designs 2022
Student work 2022 selected for the exhibition.
Top Designs 2021
Student work 2021 selected for the exhibition.