Riccarton High School Riccarton High School

Level 2 Design Technology

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr S. Leary.

Recommended Prior Learning

Completing the Level 1 Materials Technology, DVC or Textiles course is recommended. Students that experienced success in DAB and Textiles in year 10 and are confident with report writing are at an advantage also. 

Year 12 Design Technology continues to develop student inquiry towards the production of design projects that address real world problems. Design projects are student led which means students decide on a context and eventually a design that satisfies the issues and needs of the end user. The course is run in a workshop where students can fluidly move between design and making tasks as they develop their projects. At Year 12, design outcomes are only restricted by cost. Students are encouraged to explore their design context to discover a wide range of design solutions they may not have considered. Skills and knowledge learnt are student directed and may include:

  • sketching
  • computer aided design and manufacture (CAD and CAM)
  • safe power tool and machinery use
  • material composition and selection
  • component integration and assembly
  • creative and critical thinking

This course contains 18 compulsory credits and a further 8 optional credits that are negotiable and dependent on student preference and ability.

Learning Areas:

Hangarau - Technology


Level 3 Building and Construction, Level 3 Design Technology

Career Pathways

Boat Builder, Fabrication Engineer, Building Contractor, Building and Construction Labourer, Roofer, Building and Construction Manager, Wood Processing Worker, Cabinet Maker, Carpenter, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Cutter, Coachbuilder/Trimmer, Industrial Designer, Stonemason, Plumber, Gasfitter and Drainlayer, Driller, Engineering Machinist, Building Surveyor, Architectural Technician, Welder, Furniture Finisher, Upholsterer, Joiner

Approximate Costs and Equipment/Stationery

Course Cost: $190 for take-home projects