Materials are the basic ingredients of technology. Materials are used to make machines and these machines use materials to make products. Materials also supply the energy to enable technology to function.
Throughout history, the evolution of technology has been largely determined by the availability of materials.These strong historical links between materials, design and technology remain significant in society today. As long as the desire to create new opportunities and to continue to improve our quality of life remains, the development of materials will continue. Through developments in technology and science, a wider range of materials is now available. These new materials have further encouraged the development of technology and the design of new products.
The Materials Design and Technology ATAR course is a practical course. The course allows for the exploration and use of three materials learning contexts: metal, textiles and wood with the design and manufacture of products as the major focus. There is also the flexibility to incorporate additional materials from outside the three designated contexts. This can enhance and complement the knowledge and skills developed within the course as many modern‐day products are manufactured using a range of different material types. Students may use a few or many materials in innovative designs and explore the interactions between materials, people and their environment. Students examine social and cultural values and the short‐term and long‐term impacts of the use and misuse of materials and associated technologies. Through this inquiry, experimentation and research, students develop their creativity and understanding of the society in which they live.
Materials Design and Technology Wood – Year 11 ATAR
Students develop an understanding of the elements and fundamentals of design and consider human factors involved in their projects. They develop creative thinking strategies and work on design projects within specified constraints. Students learn about the classification, structure and properties of a variety of appropriate materials.
Students learn about manufacturing and production skills and techniques. They develop the skills and techniques appropriate to the materials being used and gain practice in planning and managing processes through the production of design project. They learn about risk management and ongoing evaluation processes.
Students learn about the nature of designing for a client, target audience or market. Students learn about the nature, properties and environmental impacts and issues related to a variety of materials, and production techniques. Students apply an understanding of the elements and fundamentals of design and consider human factors involved in their design projects. They develop creative thinking strategies, and work on design projects within specified constraints as well as consider the environmental impacts and issues related to the sustainability and recycling of materials.
Students extend their understanding of safe working practices and contemporary manufacturing techniques, and develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to manage the processes of designing and manufacturing.
Materials Design and Technology Wood – Year 12 ATAR
Students extend their understanding of design aesthetics through the application of the elements and principles of design and the use of creative and critical thinking strategies. Students work with an open and self‐directed design brief to manage a project to design products to meet needs. Students investigate a range of materials and analyse the molecular structure, relating material characteristics and properties, and methods of processing and finishing, appropriate to their application and use.
Students identify and manage risks, and select and use appropriate methods for communicating ideas and design development. Students develop competence with production processes and learn to manage projects to determined design specifications.
Students investigate and analyse cultural and social factors which may have influenced historical and contemporary design. Students extend their understanding of design aesthetics by using creative and critical thinking strategies. They examine critically current products and explore how emerging materials and technologies may affect, and be incorporated into, the design and development of future products.
Students incorporate a wide range of design concepts and apply sophisticated conceptualisation skills and production processes to realising design ideas that reflect their personal influences in combination with the style and tastes of a target audience/market.