Product, Design and Technology


This study engages students in technological tasks that call on their knowledge and understanding of materials and production processes to design and make products suitable for their intended purpose.


(Units 1, 2, 3 & 4)


(Units 1, 2, 3 & 4)

These units build on work done in Years 7-10 and require a student to produce a practical product using the design process.  This process requires students to develop a work plan that includes understanding the purpose of the product, selecting the best design option and materials, producing the product and evaluating the completed article.


Unit 1: Design Modification and Production

Design often involves the refinement and improvement of existing products. This unit focuses on the analysis, modification and improvement of a product design. It provides a structured approach towards the design process, looks at examples of design practice used by a designer and analysis and evaluation of a design.

Unit 2: Collaborative Design

In this unit each student works as a member of a team to design and develop a product range or contribute to the design and production of a group product. This mirrors professional design practice where designers often work within a multidisciplinary team to develop solutions to design problems.

Unit 3: Design, Technological Innovation and Manufacture

In this unit students investigate a client or end-use’s needs, prepare a design brief, devise evaluation criteria, carry out research and propose a series of design options. They justify the choice of a preferred design option and develop a work plan and commence production of the product, which will be completed and evaluated in Unit 4.

Unit 4: Product Development, Evaluation and Promotion

Students continue to develop and manufacture the product designed in Unit 3 and record the production processes and modifications to the work plan and product. They evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of techniques they used and the quality of their product with reference to evaluation criteria.

Assessment activities:

  • Research and planning folios
  • Individual production tasks
  • Collaborative production tasks
  • In-class written tests
  • Student designed production task
  • Written exam

Selection advice:

Students may only select one unit of either Product, Design & Technology per semester (either Metals or Wood).

Links to further pathways:

VCE Product Design & Technology provides for many continuing study pathways and leads to a range of careers. Diverse areas of employment range from trade-based areas like cabinet/furniture maker, kitchen joiner, carpenter and building industry to the higher education areas like product design, industrial design, architecture and interior design, and related fields.


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Units 1-4


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