The Materials Design and Technology course is a practical course with a focus on fashion and textiles. It allows students choice in the exploration and use of textiles for design and manufacture. Students may use a few or many materials in innovative designs and explore the interactions between materials, people and their environment. Students question 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.
Working with materials, students develop a range of manipulation, processing, manufacturing and organisational skills. When designing with materials, they develop cognitive skills such as critiquing, analysing, solving problems, generating innovative ideas and communicating what they do. This makes them more technologically literate and, as consumers, enables them to make more informed decisions about the use and misuse of technology. It also prepares them to make predictions about likely changes to technology in the future.
The Materials Design and Technology course aims to prepare all students for a future in a technological and material world by providing the foundation for lifelong learning about how products are designed and how materials are developed and used.
Materials Design and Technology Textiles – Year 11
The Year 11 syllabus is divided into two units each of one semester duration, which are typically delivered as a pair. The notional time for each unit is 55 class contact hours.
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 and consider the environmental impacts and issues related to the sustainability and recycling of materials.
Students extend their understanding of safe working practices, historical and contemporary manufacturing techniques, and develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to manage the processes of designing and manufacturing.
Materials Design and Technology Textiles – Year 12
The Year 12 syllabus is divided into two units, which are delivered as a pair. The notional time for the pair of units is 110 class contact hours.
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 critically examine 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.