The Design Technology Department aims to encourage and challenge students to respond creatively to given Design Briefs through a range of different materials. All projects and courses at all levels follow a process that simulates that of further education and industrial practice. We are committed to continue to embrace new technologies as well as broaden student’s knowledge and appreciation of design and how the influence it has on society in general. This includes visits to exhibitions, workshops and developing links with the creative industries and further education institutes. As well as creativity, Design Technology encompasses a range of thinking skills that are very transferable into other areas of education including critical analysis, problem solving and evaluation.
The Key Stage 3 Programme of Study in Design Technology introduces the subject and is intended to provide a foundation of knowledge which is developed over two years in the lower school. The schemes of work run on a carousel system with each student spending twelve weeks in different areas which are defined by the materials used.
Graphics: In year 7 students learn about Graphics as a subject and how designers create ideas. The students study African patterns and symbols, and their meaning. They use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to design and make their own 3D paper toy based on African patterns.
Textiles: In year 7 students learn basic hand and machine skills, developing their knowledge of health and safety. Whilst learning about different fibres and production methods, students design and make an ‘Urban Toy’ from felt.
Resistant Materials: Over the 12 weeks students become familiar with machine and hand tools, creating a wooden puppet of their own design. They will learn about different types of wood and how to work safely in the workshop.
Students learn more about careers in Graphic design and the meanings of logos and branding. They develop their use of Photoshop and Illustrator by creating their own logo for a business pathway of their choice: music, sport, fashion, games design. Students also create badges with their logo as well as a 3D card to promote their business.
Textiles: Students design and make a bottle coat. The projects gives students an opportunity to learn a number of different skills such as pattern cutting, zip insertion and transfer printing. Students are encouraged to respond creatively to the brief and take part in a final catwalk at the end of the 12 weeks.
Resistant Materials: In year 8 students learn about different types of plastics and plastic manufacturing methods. With the emphasis on sustainability, students design a ‘Jitterbug’ using mixed recycled plastics, basic soldering skills and computer aided design.
Students gain a further insight into Graphic Design by completing a series of small projects. They strengthen their Photoshop and Illustrator knowledge by completing a series of tutorials such as low poly, creating a robot etc. They explore visual communication through studying and creating their own animated emoji. They experiment with typography and 3D through a short graffiti project and design, and branding through a games cover design.
Textiles: As students’ progress into year 9, they are able to gain further insight into the fashion world. Utilising waste materials such as paper, students’ explore different textures, patterns and production methods, creating their own couture garments.
Resistant Materials: In year 9 the students develop their knowledge of electronics to create their own ‘Boom Box’. A greater emphasis is placed on computer aided design and computer aided manufacture, making use of the laser cutter and specialist software.
Students can choose to follow a Level 2 BTEC first certificate in Fashion, 3D Design or Graphics. Students are required to complete 6 Units delivered across 2 years. There are 2 core units, 2 exam units and 2 other. The Design Briefs are written very much in the way a design student would respond to whilst studying at a related course at University or Art College. Students research a given theme or topic in a number of ways including visits to museums or exhibitions before beginning to generate ideas. The BTEC courses are selected for the creative vocational approach that suits our students and prepares the students for employment and towards developing their creativity at a higher level beyond. Students in year 10 complete two internal and one external unit.
All students must complete the unit 1 ‘Specialist Pathways’ unit that ensures students have a chance to develop skills across all three areas.
They will also complete Unit 7 an external marked and requires students to sit a 5 hour exam. This will test the student’s ability to record their ideas in 2D and 3D and respond to a brief.
Year 11: During year 11, Fashion, 3D Design and Graphics students complete two specialists units that further develop skills in their chosen area. The final 10 exam will test the student’s ability to respond creatively to design briefs in their chosen area of study. Utilising the skills they have developed over the course, students will be given the opportunity to prepare in advance, before creating a final outcome.
The department offers a range of courses at level 3. Students can study BTEC National Diplomas in Fashion, Graphics and Product Design. The Provision for the current academic year are Fashion and Graphics and it is expected that Product Design will run in 2016.
The aim of both courses is to produce a portfolio of work that will not only achieve the qualification but equip students with a body of work to present to interviews if they decide to apply for related courses in higher education.
Level 3 students also Students are encouraged to supplement their class learning by attending courses outside of lessons. The Fashion students can attend the FAD course/competition where they have the chance of their work being displayed at London Fashion Week or winning industrial.
During year 12:
Graphics students start with a series of short briefs to build their creativity and presentation skills. The students then start a Typography project studying forms and communication, as well as use of materials and processes, which range from traditional hand tools to latest digital methods. On completion of the Typography project, students answer a creative brief and build on their visual communication skills using 2D and 3D methods.
The students work on another big project, Black and White, which limits them to only 20% use of colour and to enhance their contextual studies and visual communication, as well as build on their hand materials, photography and digital skills. There is a strong emphasis on building their own style and exploring different avenues of final product.
For the past two years, the students are entered into Graphic Gathering competition at Victoria and Albert Museum, which involves answering a live brief and presenting to a panel of judges. This project has been won by Raine’s Foundation students for the two years that they have been entered and is a fantastic talking point at university interviews.
In year 13 students
The students work on a T-shirt project where they create their own brand, logo, t-shirt graphics, packaging and an advert. The students explore the use of words and images, branding and advertising and use it to convey their own brand message. The final T-shirt designs are printed on t-shirts and uploaded on sites such as Spreadshirt.
Students look more closely at words and images through a project called Oxymoron. They study propaganda and persuasive media, and alter meanings using words and images. The students choose a topic and create their own propaganda, which can be serious or witty and humorous.
The students also spend time improving their projects and working on their portfolios ready for university interviews.