Design and Technology (DT) is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which prepares pupils to live and work in the designed and made world.
The DT curriculum at Hurst enables pupils to problem-solve and stretch their creative thinking whilst still relying on a broad range of other academic subjects. Subject-specific knowledge and understanding is taught within DT lessons but the curriculum crosses over closely with other curriculum areas such as Maths, Science, Business Studies, IT/Computing and PSHCE. The subject is underpinned by the design process and pupils have to solve a wide selection of problems, not only for themselves, but also give consideration to the wants and needs of other people.
Design and Technology lessons also provide excellent opportunities for teamwork and for pupils to apply value judgments of an aesthetic, economic, moral, social, and technical nature in their designing and to existing products.
Pupils begin DT in the Prep School in Years 7 and 8 where they are introduced to working with the main resistant materials as well as graphical presentation techniques which will enable them to express their ideas.
Modelling and a range of CAD drawing programmes are taught in Shell (Year 9), which give pupils the foundations they need to begin GCSE Design and Technology in Remove (Year 10). The GCSE course is the perfect stepping stone to A-level Design and Technology: Product Design, where students design and model a new pavilion stadium for the college, learn traditional silversmithing skills in the production of a bespoke piece of silver jewellery in the Lower Sixth, before embarking on their major project for a real client in the Upper Sixth.
Many pupils begin fostering their enthusiasm for Product Design, Architecture or Engineering in DT lessons and choose it to complement their other subjects; others choose it purely out of interest, as it is a subject that teaches many life skills.
The new Design Centre, which was completed in 2016, is a well-resourced department with four well-equipped workshops, including:
- A large metal workshop with a casting crucible, foundry, MIG and TIG welding
- A large wood workshop
- Two multi-material workshops
- Three large laser cutters
- Two 3D printers
- A plotter cutter printer
Each week the Design and Technology department offers a number of co-curricular clubs, such as Prep School, Shell (Year 9) and Remove (Year 10) workshops where pupils can make a range of small items of their choice, as well as support clinics for examination classes.
DT beyond Hurst
Design and Technology is a subject that teaches practical skills and theoretical knowledge alongside the confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative industries. Students leaving the college with an A-level in DT often go on to read Industrial, Product or Sports Design; Engineering; Graphic and Visual Design or Architecture at universities such as Brunel, Loughborough, Exeter and Southampton.
Design and Technology is about making things that work well. Creating these things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive fun activity.
Sir James Dyson, Industrial Designer/Inventor and founder of Dyson