Product Design and Technology

Product Design and Technology

Course Summary

Product design is a response to changing needs and to improve quality of life by designing creative, innovative and sustainable products. Product design is enhanced through knowledge of social, technological, economic, historical, ethical, legal, environmental and cultural factors. These factors influence the aesthetics, form and function of products.

VCE: Units 1, 2, 3 & 4 available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Describe the humanitarian benefits of a product that relates to the social sustainability by viewing YouTube clips from Pollinate Energy that show how energy lamps provide solar powered lamps to the world’s poorest people
  • Identify two designers who claim to work sustainably and create a poster to show how they address sustainability in different ways. A list of relevant designers is available at the Premier’s Design Awards
  • Identify the criteria used to judge the Australian Good Design Award for Sustainability. Apply the criteria to a product you have chosen to analyse; either a physical object or a product entered in the Young Design Awards

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Optional excursion costs approx. $80

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Paul McMullen