Design and Technology covers a large skill set from the applied art skills of Graphic Design to the applied physics and maths skills of electronics. At Eltham College, we teach all the areas of Design and Technology and specialise in Product Design – Design Technology at GCSE and Design Technology – Product Design at A level.
Design and Technology is one of the youngest of subjects, having been created in 1989. Since then it has developed to reflect the rapidly changing world that we live in. We still teach some of the skills that were taught in the days of CDT or woodwork and metalwork, but the subject has changed considerably since those days.
There are three workshops, all of which are equipped with computer facilities to enable the students to use the subject specific software that enables 2D and 3D drawing. We also have the complete Microsoft Office package that enables the students to use the basic programmes for presenting work alongside the project management software that enables mind maps and project planning to be undertaken.
The workshops are all capable of completing KS3 work as well as being designed for the specialist areas taught at GCSE and A level. The department has a dedicated CAD/CAM suite which includes a laser cutters, vinyl cutter, plasma cutter, combined routing/milling machine and a variety of A3 printers.