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Course Description

The course involves the study of both designing and producing and has a unique focus on creativity, innovation and the successful implementation of innovative ideas. This is explored through areas such as design theory and practice, design processes, environmental and social issues, communication, research, technologies, and the manipulation of materials, tools and techniques.

The course involves hands-on practical activities which develop knowledge and skills in designing and producing and culminates with the major design project which involves students selecting and applying appropriate design, production and evaluation skills to a product, system or environment which satisfies an identified need or opportunity.


Design & Technology


2 (Preliminary and HSC)

Course Type

Board Developed

Topics studied in Year 11

The Preliminary course includes the completion of at least two design projects. These projects involve the design, production and evaluation of a product, system or environment and include evidence of the design process recorded in a design folio.

Topics studied in Year 12

The HSC course applies the knowledge and understanding of designing and producing from the Preliminary course. It involves the development and realisation of a major design project, a case study of an innovation, along with the study of innovation and emerging technologies. The study of the course content is integrated with the development of a Major Design Project, worth 60% of the HSC mark.

What do you do in this course?

Designing through sketching, computer aided drawing, 3D printing and making using a range of materials, machinery and hand tools. Problem solving, experimentation, research and evaluation skills.

How can this course help you in the future?

The subject helps to develop skills that will provide a great start in further study at University or TAFE for careers in industrial design, furniture making, building and construction, project management, architecture and any design related career. The course also prepares students to be innovative lifelong learners, critical thinkers, responsible stewards of resources.