Technology, Innovation, Design & Enterprise (TIDE)

Gain the skills and knowledge to communicate design concepts.

This course enables students to learn about a broad range of technical drawing skills and terminology. It is designed to follow on from Year 10 Technical Graphics and provide the necessary information to enable the student to further develop their knowledge and skills.

Students will design and create drawings in both 2 and 3 dimensions through a variety of processes including sketching, freehand rendering and Computer Aided Drafting (CAD). They will study the basic elements and principles of design, discover concept development strategies and explore techniques used by successful designers.

Technical Graphics is a subject suited to both male and female students as each project retains sufficient flexibility in design to cater to the interests of all participants.

Unit 1

The focus of this unit is to introduce design process and practice. Students learn that design can be used to provide solutions to design problems and communication needs. They are introduced to basic design skills and a range of techniques within a defined context to demonstrate control over the elements and principles of design.

Unit 2

The focus of this unit is personal design. Students learn that they visually communicate aspects of their personality, values and beliefs through their affiliations and their manipulation of personal surroundings and environments. Students explore design elements and principles and the design process in a project communicating something of themselves. Students increase familiarity with basic production skills and processes, materials and technologies.

Prerequisite:  Year 10 Technical Graphics – C Grade

Pathway:  Units 1 & 2 lead to Units 3 & 4 in Year 12


Gain the skills and knowledge to design and create original wooden craft works with state of the art equipment.

This is a dynamic and engaging course where students develop skills and the knowledge to use a variety of professional machinery in the production of woodwork projects with an emphasis on design and joinery. There is a strong focus on lateral thinking in the creation of individual works. Students are taught to work safely and sustainably in a custom built workshop.

Woodwork is a subject suited to both male and female students as each project retains sufficient flexibility in design to cater to the interests of all participants.

Unit 1

Students interact with a variety of items that have been specifically designed to meet certain needs. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of design. They learn to communicate various aspects of the technology process by constructing what they design.

Throughout the process, students learn about the origins, classifications, properties and suitability for purpose of the materials they are using, and are introduced to a range of production equipment and techniques. They develop materials manipulation skills and production management strategies, and are given the opportunity to realise their design ideas through the production of their design project.

Unit 2

Students interact with products designed for a specific market. They use a range of techniques to gather information about existing products and apply the fundamentals of design. Students learn to conceptualise and communicate their ideas and various aspects of the design process within the context of constructing what they design.

Throughout the process, students learn about the origins, classifications, properties and suitability for end use of materials they are working with. Students are introduced to a range of technology skills and are encouraged to generate ideas and realise them through the production of their design projects. They work within a defined environment and learn to use a variety of relevant technologies safely and effectively.

Students, in consultation with teachers, select projects of interest and then design and make products suitable for a specific market.

Within the context of materials design and technology; students are provided with opportunities to meet each of the following outcomes:

Outcome 1:  Technology process
Outcome 2:  Understanding the use of materials
Outcome 3:  Using technology skills
Outcome 4:  Understanding materials, society and the environment

Prerequisite:  Year 10 Woodwork – C grade and demonstrate a high level of Workplace Health and Safety practices.

Cost: There is a materials fee of $50 for this subject to cover basic materials and students pay for their own timber.

Pathway:  Units 1 & 2 lead to Units 3 & 4 in Year 12.

If you’ve always wanted to work with a range of materials including glass, precious metals and ceramics to create jewellery, fused glass artworks and three-dimensional objects then this is the course for you.

Students taking this course will develop a unique skill set working with handmade glass, learning fusing and slumping processes. They will also work with base and precious metals to construct objects from original designs using cutting, forming, casting, soldering and polishing processes with professional equipment in a custom built studio.

Jewellery and 3 Dimensional Design is a subject suited to both male and female students as each project retains sufficient flexibility in design to cater to the interests of all participants.

The course covers Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and teaches safe workshop practices when using a wide range of machinery and hand tools.

This subject represents the first year of a two-year course where students have the opportunity to gain a Certificate III in Design Fundamentals. Over the two years the students will cover workplace skills and knowledge related to working in the Creative Arts and Design industry. In this time frame 12 Units of Competency (UoC’s) must be completed: 7 core units and 5 elective units (to achieve the full qualification). WACE equivalence of 220 hours for partial completion of this course is possible if all units enrolled in in Year 12 are completed. Students are required to complete some theory work, due to the expectations to be qualified and employable at this AQF level.

TIDE Enterprise:  All students completing a Certificate III in Design Fundamentals through the Technology, industry, Design and Enterprise learning area (TIDE) will be engaged in an exciting, not for profit initiative, creating fused glass artworks and other hand crafted objects for the College and wider community. The students will be sourcing materials, consulting with clients, working on designs for packaging and presentation and collaborating with younger students engaged in TIDE courses. In addition to creating their own original works in class, students will be encouraged to be generous with their personal time through volunteering to work outside allocated class hours.

Work completed outside of allocated class time can count toward Service Learning hours.

Auspicing:  All certificate courses are undertaken in partnership with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Our College has an auspicing arrangement with the Central Institute of Technology for this qualification, so students will be enrolled with this RTO. All students will be inducted into Central’s requirements at the beginning of the school year. 

Pathways Information: At the completion of the Certificate III in Design Fundamentals students will gain a range of foundation skills required to work with precious metals and glass that could lead to occupational roles/functions within the Jewellery Manufacturing industry, Visual Arts and Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Kiln Forming and Firing Glass in a studio environment.

Employability Skills:  The industry/enterprise employability skills requirements for this qualification include: communication, teamwork, problem solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organising, self-management, learning, technology.

Course Fee: A student choosing to complete this qualification at Prendiville Catholic College will be charged a subject levy which absorbs the delivery costs of completing the qualification from the RTO (Registered Training Organisation). A subject levy plus a materials fee of $200 per student will be incurred.

Prerequisites: Nil


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