Product Design: Resistant Materials Technology is part of the Art and Design department. It shares a workshop and other facilities with Graphic Design. Product Design: Technology is a well-established subject within the College and the subject staff are passionate about the course, having a wealth of experience with strong established links with the Edexcel exam board. Many of our students go on to study a variety of technology and engineering based courses at university and we pride ourselves on preparing students to study the subject successfully beyond A Level. Here you will find plenty of information about the course and how it is taught at The Sixth Form College Colchester. You will also find examples of student's work and students' thoughts about the subject.

What is Product Design: Resistant Materials Technology?

The Product Design: Resistant Materials Technology course (usually referred to as Technology) offered at The Sixth Form College provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the principles of design and the role of the designer in society. It is closely related to GCSE Resistant Materials, but at the same time introduce students’ to many new aspects of design and manufacture that are not covered at GCSE.

All Product Design: Resistant Materials Technology students spend time investigating and analysing commercial products. Students are required to develop designs for products and also manufacture products in the College workshop. Alongside these coursework tasks, students will study the use of commercial materials, processes and technologies in the manufacturing of products in the real world.

How is Product Design: Graphics different to Product Design: Resistant Materials Technology?

Within the Product Design course structure, Resistant Materials Technology students will focus more on the functional aspect of product design. They will look at mechanisms, gearings, fixings and more industrial manufacturing methods. Graphics students will focus more on the visual aesthetic of products and their design. Areas covered include styling, advertising and packaging.