Design Solutions

SACE Credits: 10

Teacher: Shane Rowett

Design Solutions is for students with an interest in design (industrial or artistic), architecture, prosthetic design, computer animation, interior design or engineering. As part of the course students will learn to use CAD (computer aided design) software, the 3D printer and the laser cutter, all of which are skills with great utility across many careers. Students will learn about different aspects of design and testing of materials and products, and then will use these skills to design and make a product of their choice.


Students do not need experience with the software programs as those skills will be taught as part of the course.


Assessment Type 1: Specialised Skills Task (40%)

  • Two tasks; the first is to design and manufacture a children’s toy and the second is to evaluate the toy for suitability and manufacture the final product.

Assessment Type 2: Design Process and Solutions (60%)

  • Students create a design folio that documents a design of their choice from conception through to the completed product, and evaluation of the product.


The skills developed in this course have a broad application across many future careers including architecture, drafting, building, graphic design, industrial design, manufacturing, computer animation, and engineering. Students can continue to develop and refine their skills in Stage 2 Design Solutions.