A Level Product Design

Norlington boys do AQA Product Design (3D Design) for A Level

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Key Dates:

Spring Term 2016:

Monday 8th Feb: Hand in Camera Project

Friday 11th March: Hand in Memphis Project

Week 14th – 18th March: Mock Exams 2

Friday 24th March: Hand in Entire Folder with all 3 Projects (Lighting, Camera, Memphis)

Summer Term 2016:

Friday 13th May: Coursework marks sent off to exam board

Monday 23rd May 2016: AS Exam Unit 1, 2 hours, 9am – 11am

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UPDATED TO INCLUDE 10 WEEK COUNTDOWN: Plan of Year (.xlsx file) (Excel file with coursework schedule, h/w, revision topics)

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Revision:

Powerpoint 1

Powerpoint 2

Powerpoint 3

Powerpoint 4

Powerpoint 5

AS exam tips

For the Mock Exam, Friday 18th March, read the following pages in the textbook:

page 3, page 5, page 7, page 9, pages 29-32, page 33, pages 41-43, pages 76-81, page 170

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Reading List

Essential:

Course Textbook (this is for both AS and A2; look for the second hand options for lower prices)

Useful:

Materials for Design by Chris Lefteri, an excellent book about a very wide range of materials.

Making It by Chris Lefteri, an excellent study of contemporary manufacturing methods.

Jony Ive by Leander Kahney, a brilliant study of the man behind Apple’s design.

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Project Details

Project 1: Lighting

Brief: Design and Make a light for a user of your choice.

Length: 30 pages

Making?: Yes, a fully functional lamp

Deadline: Monday 14th December 9:00 am

The light can be portable (i.e. battery powered) or use a fixed power source (i.e. plug in). It can have a specific purpose (i.e. a reading light, a night light for children) or be for general use. It can use LEDs or low voltage light bulbs.

Click here for Lighting project template.

Photos 1

Lighting Inspiration:

Apartment Therapy

Mr C Pinterest Lighting Album

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Project 2: Camera

Brief: Design a camera for a user of your choice.

Length: 16 pages

Making?: No, just a 3D CAD model (e.g. sketchup)

Deadline: Monday 8th February 2016 9:00 am

This project involves no making, so is all about creative design. Your task is to reimagine the camera for 2020s. What should a camera be? What functions should it have? Should it be simple or complex? In the age of the smartphone, why would people need a camera?

Click here for Camera project template.

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Project 3: Memphis

Click here for Memphis project template.

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Cycle Sheets for AS Product Design

Cycle 1

Cycle 2

Cycle 3

Cycle 4

Cycle 5

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Homework for AS Product Design

Cycle 1 Homework

Cycle 2 Homework

Cycle 3 Homework

Cycle 4 Homework

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Product Analysis

access fm

example product analysis

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Star Designers

Product Designers:

  • Karim Rashid
  • Marc Newson
  • Philippe Starck
  • Yves Behar

Architects:

  • Richard Rogers
  • Zaha Hadid
  • Frank Gehry
  • Norman Foster

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Past Papers

2014: Question Paper ; Mark Scheme

2013 (June): Question Paper ; Mark Scheme

2013 (January): Question Paper ; Mark Scheme

2012: Question Paper ; Mark Scheme

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AS Level Product Design is structured into two units:

Unit 1 – Materials, Components and Application

50% of AS, 25% of A Level

2 hour written paper

80 marks

Based primarily on Materials and Components and consisting of three sections:

Section 1 contains compulsory limited response questions

Section 2 offers a choice of one question from two

Section 3 contains one compulsory question

Unit 2 – Learning Through Designing and Making

50% of AS, 25% of A Level

Coursework – approx 50 hours

80 marks

Written (or electronic) design portfolio

Manufactured outcome(s)

Coursework may take a number of forms:

a simple design-and-make project

two smaller projects

a portfolio of work

 

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Useful links:

http://build-basic.com (simple carpentry plans and projects)

 

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