Design Technologies Level 2

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr P. Nyberg

Recommended Prior Learning

It is recomended that students have taken level 1 Technology or Level 1 Design and Visual Communication

Design Technologies combines Hard Materials Technology and Design and Visual Communications. Using skills from both subjects students identify an issue, then design and manufacture a product to solve it.

In Design Technologies you will study how products are designed for specific situations. You will develop an understanding of graphics practice using design and visual communication techniques exploring and presenting design ideas across a range of different contexts. 

You will also learn about technological practice and develop practical workshop-based skills looking at how materials are transformed and the techniques and processes including computer-aided design and manufacturing used in design and manufacturing industries.

The course will involve

  • Product design: Students research an influential designer’s style and apply these styles to the development of a product. such as iPod speakers, headphones, torches, furniture, lighting, and storage solutions.
  • Idea Presentation: the ability to find the most appropriate method of showcasing ideas to a specific audience – this may be using a website, presentation boards, posters, models, and the use of computer-aided design (CAD).
  • Technological Practice: including research, concept generation, and evaluation of practice.
  • Workshop practices: including laser cutter/CNC/Digital design and manufacturing
  • Spatial Design:  exploring space through architecture, interior, exterior, landscape, and the design of public spaces. (Note! This is intended for students wanting to study DVC only)

It is possible for students to study only the DVC components of the course. This would suit students wanting to study architecture at university.

Learning Areas:



Art Design Level 3, Design Technologies Level 3

Career Pathways

Mining Engineer, Mechanical Engineering Technician, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Building Surveyor, Architect, Architectural Technician, Electronics Engineer, Collision Repair Technician, Automotive Electrician, Automotive Technician, Automotive Refinisher, Biomedical Engineer, Biomedical Technician, Biotechnologist, Boat Builder, Naval Architect, Fabrication Engineer, Building Contractor, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Building and Construction Manager, Cabinet Maker, Line Mechanic, Surveyor, Carpenter, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Mine/Quarry Manager, Telecommunications Technician, Industrial Designer, Plumber, Gasfitter and Drainlayer, Electrician, Electrical Engineering Technician, Lift Technician, Energy and Chemical Plant Operator, Environmental Engineer, Exhibition and Collections Technician, Marine Engineer, Furniture Finisher, Landscape Architect, Health and Safety Adviser, Joiner, Refrigeration/Air-conditioning Technician, Navy Sailor, Pulp and Paper Mill Operator, Plastics Technician, Project Manager, Fire Engineer