VCE Product Design & Technology

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(Students will need to purchase materials as required by their individual designs.)
It will be beneficial for Product Design & Technology students to have access to a sewing machine at home.

 

UNIT 1 SUSTAINABLE PRODUCT REDEVELOPMENT

This unit focuses on the analysis, modification and improvement of a product design with consideration of sustainability.
 
Students consider the sustainability of an existing product, such as the impact of sourcing materials, manufacture, distribution, use and likely disposal.
 
They consider how a redeveloped product should attempt to solve a problem related to the original product. Where possible, materials and manufacturing processes used should be carefully selected to improve the overall sustainability of the redeveloped product.
 
Students consider the sustainability of an existing product and acknowledge the intellectual property rights of the original designer. Working drawings (also known as flats, trade sketches, assembly or technical drawings) are used to present the preferred design option.

 

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to design and plan the redevelopment of a product with the intention of developing a different product with consideration of sustainability issues.
 
Students produce a redeveloped product using tools, equipment, machines and materials, taking into account safety considerations. They compare their product with the original design and evaluate it against the needs and requirements outlined in their design brief.Students consider the sustainability of an existing product, such as the impact of sourcing materials, manufacture, distribution, use and likely disposal. They consider how a redeveloped product should attempt to solve a problem
related to the original product. Where possible, materials and manufacturing processes used should be carefully selected to improve the overall sustainability of the redeveloped product.

 

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to select and apply materials, tools, equipment and processes to make a redeveloped product, and compare this with the original product.

ASSESSMENT

The two compulsory assessment tasks for this unit are:

• a design folio that contains an analysis of a product’s sustainability, a design brief, evaluation criteria,
research, visualisations and design options, working drawings, a scheduled production plan, and an
evaluation report on the finished product

• a finished product and records of production and modifications.

Additionally, suitable tasks for assessment may be selected from the following:

• an oral presentation supported by notes and/or visual materials
• a short written report that includes materials testing or trialling activities, industry visits, technical reports
• a case study analysis.

 

VCE students working

Student’s Perspective

Unit 1 Product Design and Technology allowed us to focus on a creative modification and improvement of a product that needs re-designing. This allowed us to investigate more sustainable options to improve the garment. Unit 1 was particularly interesting for me, due to learning about sustainable products and how we, as innovators can produce something more ethical for our environment. If you have a specific interest in developing and creating products that will benefit our eco-system, then Unit 1 Product Design and Technology would be of interest to you.

 

VCE Unit 1

VCE unit 1 garment design

UNIT 2 COLLABORATIVE DESIGN

In this unit students work in teams to design and develop an item in a product range or contribute to the design, planning and production of a group product. They focus on factors including end-user/s’ needs and wants; function, purpose and context for product design; aesthetics; materials and sustainability; and the impact of these factors on a design solution.
 
In this unit students gain inspiration from an historical or a contemporary design movement or style and its
defining factors such as ideological or technological change, philosophy or aesthetics.
 
Students work both individually and as members of a small design team to address a problem, need or opportunity and consider user-centred design factors. They design a product within a range, based on a theme, or a component of a group product. They research and refer to a chosen design style or movement.

 

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to design and plan a product or range of products collaboratively in response to a design brief.
 
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In Area of Study 2 the finished product is evaluated.

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to justify, manage and use appropriate production processes to make a product safely and evaluate individually and as a member of a team, the processes and materials used and the suitability of a product or components of a group product/s against the design brief.

 

ASSESSMENT

The two compulsory assessment tasks for this unit are:

• a design folio that contains a design brief, evaluation criteria, research, visualisations and design options,
working drawings, scheduled production plan, and evaluation report
• product and records of production and modifications
Additionally, suitable tasks for assessment may be selected from the following:
• an oral report supported by notes and/or visual materials
• a short written report that includes materials testing or trialling activities, industry visits, technical reports.

 

 

VCE PDT finished work

Student’s Perspective

Unit 2 Product Design and Technology pushed us to improve our ability to collaborate as a team. We were able to use teamwork and clear communication skills to resolve or develop any design problems, either in the investigating stage or the production phase. If you want to pursue in the fashion industry in the future then Unit 2 will be for you. You experience a miniature taste of working in a team environment to produce an outcome, just like in the professional industries. This Unit not only extended my ability to compromise as a team member, but to also embrace hard-work in the success of producing a miniature collection.

Overall, Unit 1&2 Product Design and Technology allowed us to explore different production techniques either individually or in a group environment, and apply our creativity to a final product. Both Units require students who are enthusiastic, diligent and driven both creatively and intellectually. Units 1&2 were highly rewarding at the end of the year for myself, and peers as all our hard-work was exhibited in the Art and Design Exhibition Show.
 
Courtney Farrugia.
 

UNIT 3: APPLYING THE PRODUCT DESIGN PROCESS

In this unit students are engaged in the design and development of a product that addresses a personal, local, or global problem (such as humanitarian issues), or that meets the needs and wants of a potential end-user/s. The product is developed through a design process and is influenced by a range of factors including the purpose, function and context of the product; user-centred design; innovation and creativity; design elements and principles; sustainability concerns; economic limitations; legal responsibilities; material characteristics and properties; and technology.
 
In the initial stage of the product design process a design brief is prepared, outlining the context or situation around the design problem and describing the needs and requirements in the form of constraints or considerations.
 
Students examine how a design brief addresses particular product design factors and how evaluation criteria are developed from the constraints and considerations in the brief. They develop an understanding of techniques in using the design brief as a springboard to direct research and design activities.

 

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to investigate and define a design problem, and discuss how the design process leads to product design development.
 
Students examine how a range of factors, including new and emerging digital technologies, influence the design and development of products within industrial manufacturing settings. They consider issues associated with obsolescence and sustainability models.

 

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to explain and analyse influences on the design, development and manufacture of products within industrial settings.
 
Students commence the application of the product design process for a product design for an end-user/s, including writing an individual design brief and criteria that will be used to evaluate the product in Unit 4.

 

Outcome 3

On completion of this unit the student should be able to document the product design process used to meet the needs of an end-user/s, and commence production of the designed product.
 
Product Design & Technology was an amazing introduction to the world of fashion and textiles.  I learnt so much regarding the product design process which is used in the industry.  My sewing skills also improved helps as we learnt crucial complex processes.  It was one of those classes that you wanted to go to and couldn’t wait for, because you were constantly supported and encouraged by the amazing teachers and other students.   Cloe Johnson
 

UNIT 3 SCHOOL ASSESSED TASK

A folio comprising:
– An end-users’ profile, a design brief, evaluation criteria, research, visualisations, design options with justification of the selected option, working drawings of final option, a scheduled production plan, a list of relevant processes used for larger scale production, and a record of progress and modifications. The design folio must include documentation of decisions, and acknowledge sources of information.
– Production work accompanied by a record of production progress and documentation of modifications with justification of these changes (text and images should be included).

 

Unit 3 folio pages

 

VCE drawings

 

 

UNIT 4 PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION

In this unit students engage with an end-user/s to gain feedback throughout the process of production. Students make comparisons between similar products to help evaluate the success of a product in relation to a range of product design factors. The environmental, economic and social impact of products throughout their life cycle can be analysed and evaluated with reference to the product design factors.
 
In Area of Study 1, students use comparative analysis and evaluation methods to make judgments about
commercial product design and development.

 

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to compare, analyse and evaluate similar commercial products, taking into account a range of factors and using appropriate techniques.
 
In Area of Study 2, students continue to develop and safely manufacture the product designed in Unit 3,
Outcome 3, using materials, tools, equipment and machines, and record and monitor the production processes and modifications to the production plan and product.

 

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to apply a range of production skills and processes safely to make the product designed in Unit 3, and manage time and resources effectively and efficiently.
 
In Area of Study 3, students evaluate the quality of their product with reference to criteria and end-user/s’
feedback. Students make judgments about possible improvements. They produce relevant user instructions or care labels that highlight the product’s features for an end-user/s.

 

Outcome 3

On completion of this unit the student should be able to evaluate the finished product through testing and feedback against criteria, create end-user/s’ instructions or care labels and recommend improvements to future products.
 
 

UNIT 4 SCHOOL ASSESSED TASK

– A functional product that conforms to standards of quality indicated in the design brief outline of context.
– A written report that includes evaluation of the product.
– Relevant end-user/s instructions or care labels which highlight the features, assembly, care and/or repair of the product in any of the following formats: video tutorials, annotated image of the product or other multimedia format.
 
 

EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT

The level of achievement for Units 3 and 4 is also assessed by an end-of-year examination.
Contribution to final assessment: The examination will contribute 30 per cent.
 

 

Product Design costume

 

Unit 4 final garment

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