Design and Technology has been established at St Julian's since 1985. In September 2004 the department moved into purpose built accommodation, comprising of two multipurpose workshops, a computer centre, materials preparation area, exhibition hall and a separate heat treatments facility.
The range of experiences available to our students includes instruction and practice in the use of the design process leading to the manufacture of artifacts in a range of materials including: timber products, plastics, metals, smart materials and electronics.
Instruction in the safe use of basic hand tools, together with an expanding range of machinery and commercial manufacturing processes, allows our students to experience first-hand the work of the designer/manufacturer.
Central to the ethos of the department is to encourage students to be creative autonomous individuals who are aware, in their design work, of the financial implications, material availability, manufacturing processes and the crucially important skill of managing time effectively when working towards project deadlines. Sustainability issues and the pivotal role of the designer is an increasingly important dimension to the work we undertake with our students.
Current facilities allow the use of: CAD/CAM, Laser technology, electronics products, casting and welding in a range of challenging design scenarios. Students in Year 6 study the English Curriculum Design Technology at Key Stage 2, with Years 7-9 meeting the same curriculum's requirements at Key Stage 3 level. Students who choose to continue with the subject in Years 10 and 11 have the option to study Design Technology (Resistant Materials Technology) GCSE with the EDEXCEL Examining Board. Students in Years 12-13, studying DT as part of their IB Diploma programme may take this course at Higher or Standard level.
Career opportunities linked to Design and Technology embrace a broad spectrum of potential outcomes including: Architecture, Engineering, Product Design, Graphical Design, Interior Design, Fashion and Textiles. Listed below are a number of websites and organisations linked to Design and Technology and possible career paths.