Design Solutions

SACE Credits: 20

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 highly employable skills 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 products of their choice. The course also investigates the suitability of different materials from sustainability, ethical, legal and economic perspectives.


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


School Assessment (70%)

  • Assessment Type 1: Specialized Skills Task (20%) – this involves modelling and recreating an existing object and production of technical drawings
  • Assessment Type 2: Design Process and Product (50%) – students create a design folio that documents a design of their choice from conception through to the completed product

External Assessment (30%)

  • Assessment Type 3: Resource Study—investigation of the functional characteristics and properties of different materials that might be used their design. The materials used in your design will be evaluated for their sustainability, ethical, legal and economic considerations.


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.