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!
All of the tasks should be completed by Choices Day on 25 August.
The tasks will be released here in three phases:
Explore your Subject – 4 May
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.
You should complete this section of tasks by 1 June.
Get Going – 1 June
You should complete this section of tasks by 1 July.
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.
the first task, please take photos and record this as a word document or
PowerPoint presentation. We hope you enjoy it!
task for this project will be set on 1 July.
Aim High – 1 July
From 1 July
Once you’ve taken part in the College’s first ever Virtual Introductory Day on 30 June, you will be asked to complete a more formal Aim High task (posted here) that it is mandatory for all new students to complete before Choices Day on 25 August.