Drouin Secondary College - Course Selection

12 VCE Product Design Technology (12TPD1)

The Course

Unit 3: Applying the Product Design Process In Unit 3 students examine how a design brief is structured and how to address product design factor, develop evaluation criteria from constraints and considerations in the brief. Students use the brief to direct research and design activities. Students apply the product design process for a client/end-user. Students look at how factors including new and emerging technologies, and international and Australian standards, influence the design and development of products in manufacturing settings. Issues associated with sustainability and obsolescence models are also considered. Unit 4: Product Development and Evaluation Unit 4 focusses on comparative analysis and evaluation methods to make judgements about commercial product design and development. Students continue to develop and safely manufacture their product designed in Unit 3. They are required to use materials, tools, equipment and machines, and record production processes and modifications of the product. Student evaluate the effectiveness of techniques the used and the quality of their product. They make an informative presentation to highlight their products features and explain its care requirements.

Unit 3 Topics

* The designer, client and/or end-user in product development * Product development in industry * Designing for others

Unit 4 Topics

* Product analysis and comparison * Product manufacture * Product evaluation

Learning and Assessment Activities

These units lead to

A pathway to a range of related fields such as industrial, product, interior and exhibition design, engineering, fashion, furniture, jewellery, textile and ceramic design at both TAFE and University Levels.

Special considerations

It is advantageous to have studies Units 1 & 2 prior to commencing studies in Units 3 & 4 but not compulsory.

Costs involved

$80 ($40 per unit) plus an excursion once a year to visit TOP Design folios.

Materials required

Textbook, Student workbook, A3 Folio and A3 Plastic pockets for folio

For further information see...

Mrs Croft

Study design link

http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/vce/studies/designtech/destechindex.aspx