Hello and welcome to Product Design at Reigate College.
My name is Beth Eddy and I’m the course leader for A Level Product Design (3D Design). I’m looking forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the department in person at the beginning of the academic year. In the meantime, I’d like you to complete a series of tasks and activities to give you a taste of what you’ll be learning and to make sure you’re fully prepared for the A Level course.
We’ve designed these activities for you to complete independently from home, and you’ll have the chance to share your ideas with other Product Design students when you start the course, so please spend time on each one and, above all, enjoy exploring the subject!
The tasks will be released here, in three phases (see table below) and should be completed by Choices Day on 1 September 2021. Please throw yourself into them and above all enjoy them!
Please note, some Course Leaders (for example for Music) may release their tasks earlier, as they may form part of the College’s audition process. If this applies to you, you’ll be notified separately.
New Starters Course Tasks and Activities
To be completed by
Explore your Subject
Explore your Subject
To get you thinking about all things three-dimensional, we’d like you to complete a mini 3D Design project. This work will be the basis of our first few lessons back but will not be assessed, so please don’t worry about it; just enjoy researching and discovering the three-dimensional world around us.
Exploring a New Dimension: Introductory 3D Design (Product) project
Designers and artists solve problems and create solutions using a variety of three-dimensional media, for example, architecture, product and furniture design, sculpture, set design and jewelry. Many such designers will begin the creative process of turning 2D ideas into 3D objects by prototyping and modelling, very often using basic card modelling and paper techniques.
To begin with:
Research the artist Richard Sweeney and how he explores the potential of paper cutting, folding, and constructing techniques to create unique sculptural forms. Please find out:
what methods he uses, and
his original source of inspiration.
Now have a go yourself and start experimenting with paper to discover what it can do; creasing, bending, folding, pleating etc.
Please take photos and record this as a word document or PowerPoint presentation.
Have fun with the start of this project, and we will develop this in the next set of tasks.
Welcome back to Reigate College Product
Design (3D Design). We hope you enjoyed researching Richard Sweeney and had fun
starting to experiment with the properties of paper.
Taking inspiration from the everyday
Following on from your first set of tasks, we’d like you to start to create recognisable three-dimensional objects, taking influence from things we see around us. For example, you could take inspiration from an object in nature or forms in and around your home.
TASK 1: Firstly, find a source of inspiration to draw from and create a series of drawings from a few different angles, as shown in the examples of the fern and pinecone below:
Now from these drawings, create the form in 3D, using card and/or paper.
As with the first task, please take photos and record this as a word document or PowerPoint presentation. We hope you enjoy it!
Hello again. We hope you’ve had fun with drawing and creating shapes from your surroundings.
Creating products with a function
For this final set of tasks, we’d
like you to take your three-dimensional creations one step further by giving
them a function.
TASK 1: Using
card and/or paper, create a three-dimensional ‘product’ with a ‘function’ based
around the drawings and shapes you did last time.
Below are two examples of ‘products’ with a function that students made out of paper and card, using various techniques. Both students looked at natural objects for their body adornment pieces.
Here are some products you could choose to
section of a building.
Take a look at the following websites for some more ideas and inspiration:
TASK 2:As an extension task, research what materials
you could use to make your product that would be closer to manufacture.
TASK 3: Once
you’re happy with the product with a function you’ve created, please photograph
it and save all your work for this project either as a word document or
PowerPoint presentation. Your work should include:
photos of your 3D responses from looking at the work of Richard Sweeney
your card modelsbased on objects from your surroundings
your card model that has a ‘purpose’ or ‘function’ based on your drawings and previous card models.
If you are able to, please print off your work to bring it with you; if you don’t have access to a printer, then please bring your work on a memory stick.
Have fun doing this and we’re looking forward to your first Product Design lesson.