Design, Creativity & Technology

  • Food and Technology
  • Materials Technology – Fibre, Textiles, Wood
  • Systems Engineering

At South Oakleigh College the study of Design, Creativity and Technology involves practical and applied knowledge as well as theoretical understanding of the individual materials. It requires students to be autonomous and creative problem-solvers, as individuals and as members of a team. Students combine an understanding of design, functionality, aesthetics, social, cultural, economic and environmental issues, and industrial practices with practical skills. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate past and present design and technology, its uses and effects.

The Design, Creativity and Technology studies focuses on development of students’ skills in managing and manipulating materials and resources using a range of tools, equipment and machines to make and produce functional physical products or systems. These materials and resources include food, wood, metal, timber, plastics, textiles, ceramics and components such as wheels and axles, pulleys and belts, gears, switches, lights, motors, connecting wires, batteries and printed circuits boards.

Standards in the Design, Creativity and Technology domain are organised in three dimensions:

  • Investigating and designing

Developing design briefs, responding to design briefs and conducting research, communicating design ideas, planning of production and appropriate use of resources and developing evaluation criteria.

  • Producing

Constructing products and systems, using effective and safe practices during production

  • Analysing and evaluating

Testing, analysing and evaluating designs, products and systems, considering modifications, analysing the impact and usability of the products and systems.

Information & Communication Technology

The rapid pace of development in information and communications technology (ICT) is having a major influence on many aspects of society. Not only does ICT provide the capacity to change how tasks and activities are undertaken, but it also creates new opportunities in work, education, entertainment and society.

While it is important that students extend their use of ICT as learning and personal tool, the study of Information Technology encompasses information systems and how people interact with information technology to create structured information and to connect with others to exchange information.

It encompasses the theoretical foundations of computational thinking and techniques for developing solutions. It also focuses on how the needs of individuals, organisations, communities and society are met through the combination of ICT and meaningful information.

With ICT related subjects students will learn about professional-quality SLR photography (both analogue and digital), filmmaking (using the TV Studio as well as our professional field kits) and sound recording/design.

Students will learn a range of multimedia applications including coding to make apps for Android devices, Abobe Photoshop, Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Premiere and Audacity.