Product Design

Product Design is a broad based and diverse three-dimensional design practical course. You will explore your own interests through a series of projects that you can steer towards your own creative solutions. Using a wide range of materials and techniques you research, design, develop, model and make commercial products. This could be furniture, lighting, jewellery in fact all forms of Product Design. Learning through designing and making, you’ll experiment creatively with traditional making techniques as well as 3D digital technologies including CAD/CAM. At the end of the year, your work will be exhibited in our Art & Design show at The Lightbox gallery in Woking.

What skills will I develop?

You will develop your skills in sketching, technical drawing, CAD/CAM, model-making and manufacturing in wood, metal and plastic.

You will also build on your knowledge and understanding of material properties, design history, industrial practice, research, analytical and presentation skills.

What topics will I study?

Component 1 - Coursework: Product Design Folder & Personal Study - 60%

  • Section A: Body of development work that explores design ideas, model making, creation of prototypes and finished products along with research into artists and designers.
  • Section B: Personal study based on a selected Design topic (1000-3000 words)

Component 2 - Examination: Product Design Externally Set Project - 40%

  • Section A: Project based on a theme set by the exam board.

Where does the course lead?

Previous students have gone onto study Product Design, 3D Design, Industrial Design, Engineering and other similar subjects at University. Whilst other students have gone straight into the world of work or found apprenticeships in Design or Engineering.

Exam Board


Head of Department

Emma Hobbs

Entry Requirements

Five grades 4-9 (or equivalent) including at least a grade 4 in an Arts subject, or a grade C in Design Technology.

Assessment Breakdown

Coursework = 60%, Examination = 40%