Welcome to Craft & Design Technology
The department consists of two practical rooms; one formal drawing room and a computer suite doubling up as a design room.

One craft room is predominantly fitted out as a woodwork room. It has dual purpose benches and a wide range of wood working machines. The department has a good range of portable power tools which pupils can use under supervision.

The second craft room is very similar to the first other than the machinery is mainly used for metal working. There are three metal turning lathes, a forge area and large band saw in this room. Both rooms are flexible in their use with metal, wood and plastic being easily shaped in both.

A laser cutter, vacuum former, oven, fluidiser, strip heater, MIG welder and spray gun are all pieces of additional equipment stored within the department.

The formal drawing room is a large, bright and functional room with twenty drawing stations. There is ample wall space for the display of pupils work.

The computer suite consists of 14 desk top computers and 6 laptops. The central area consists of 10 drawing desks.


S1 and S2 Common Course

The S1 CDT course provides all pupils in first year with a wide range of learning experiences.
- Design
- Craftwork
- Graphic Communication
- Computer Aided Drawing
- Computer Aided Design (DTP)

At present pupils in S1 receive three periods of CDT per week for a block of six weeks. This block is rotated with Home economics and is rotated three times a session making our contact with time with S1 pupils at 54 periods. The variety of work completed within the department is designed around units of work which take between six and eight periods to complete.

Units of work
- Design and make a key fob(key ring).
- Formally draw with instruments and then make a desk tidy in the wood work area.
- Generate a CAD of the desk tidy.
- Research, design and make a badge/broach from sheet metal.
- Design and computer generated “muffin box” as a link project with home economics. Desk Top Publishing.

S2 Common course. The S2 course further develops the pupil’s skills and learning experiences within the department.

- Units of work
- Formal drawing orthographic and isometric drawing.
- Design and craft work related to a candle holder. Including metal lathe work.
- Computer aided design of a magazine rack leading on to working in wood.
- Presentation work related to Illustration and Presentation in Graphic Communication. Including pencil, pen and pastel work.

S3 Design and Make Course

This course will allow pupils develop their design and craft skills throughout the session. It will be expected that all pupils taking part in this course will have some design input into all models that are manufactured. This will include research, generating ideas, developing ideas, presentation and analysis of ideas. Models will be manufactured in a range of materials including wood, metal and plastic. Pupils will be expected to contribute towards the cost of material used during in this course.

Homework will be as required for research, developing sketching and presentation skills.

Assessment will be through the completion of the various design processes and the safe and successful completion of crafted models.

Successful completion of this course will enable pupils to progress into the next area of study which for most will be at level 4. Pupils showing an understanding of graphics during the design process may be able to choose a graphics course at National 4.

S3 Product Design

The emphasis in this course will be on the Design Process, Which will include looking in detail at

- Generating ideas with the emphasis on sketching techniques
- Evaluating existing products
- Evaluating new ideas
- Presenting ideas using pens, pastels and quality coloured pencils
- Modelling and analysis of ideas
- Manufacture of a substantial crafted model

It is important to note that there will be limited time spent in the craft room during this course however successful designers will be able to manufacture a substantial crafted model at the end of this course.

It would be expected that pupils studying this course will practise at home the skills that they have been introduce to in the class room. The completion of research tasks and product evaluation are areas that can also be developed at home. On average there will be home work in this subject area every second week.

Assessment will be through the successful completion of a final Design Folio. This folio will show clearly the skills and techniques used throughout this course. The substantial crafted model will enable the pupil to write an analysis of there own particular design. It is also hoped that the completed folio will be of a standard that will allow pupils to keep and show at interviews for potential work or college courses.

Successful completion of this course will enable pupils to progress into the next level of study at National 4. It would also allow pupils to move into an area of Graphic Communication at level 4 as skills learnt will be transferable.

S3 Graphic Communication

Pupils will gain experience in completing Manual 3D Drawings and Computer Aided 3D Drawings. This will include

- Isometric views
- Oblique parallel drawings
- Planometric drawings
- One and two point perspective drawings

The course will also highlight drawing techniques used in industry and will allow pupils to gain experiences in the following areas

- The use of graphic pens, pastels and pencils to render 3D drawings
- Use a powerful CAD program to render computer generated images
- Design and use drawing techniques to enhance information displayed on a graph
- Design and make a scaled model of a room. An example may be – Design and make a scaled model of a kitchen suitable for a wheelchair user

A drawing board and drawing instruments will be provided to complete homework exercises or finish incomplete class work at home. Homework exercises will be issued every second week on average.

Assessment will be through the completion of a folio, which will show the range of work completed throughout the session. The ability to work both independently and in small groups will be assessed throughout.

Pupils who can develop their drawing skills and who show potential during this session can progress into the next level of study which will be at National 4. Ultimately we are hoping to develop candidates who can eventually study Higher Graphic Communication.
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