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Why study Design and Technologies?

Design and Technologies is a subject that offers students a variety of situations in which to make decisions,

solve problems, explore creative talents to produce quality items, manage their time efficiently and

demonstrate their knowledge. They learn these skills in the contexts of food and nutrition and or textiles and

design. Sustainability and the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities are the underpinning values

of this subject.

What is studied in Design and Technologies?

Year 9

The Aussie BBQ

Food nutrients and their relevance to adolescents

Reading and understanding food labels

Snack food analysis and implications for health

Practical application: ‘Australian’ cuisine

The Pyjama Game

Fibre properties and fabric construction methods

Garment care and labelling

Embellishment techniques

Practical Application: Embellish a cushion or wall-hanging and sew beachwear

Year 10

Healthy Lifestyle

The role of ingredients in designing recipes

Health and wellbeing for adolescents

Making healthy food choices to prevent lifestyle diseases (e.g. obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes)

Practical application: Nutritious meals that adolescents can prepare and enjoy

Funky Fashion

Planning a wardrobe and consumerism

Elements and principles of design

Dressing for your body shape

Practical application: Sew and embellish a bag

The Entertainer

Social factors that influence food choices

Cultural celebrations

Event planning and menu design

Practical application: Menu design for a birthday party

Market Designer

Pattern alteration


Planning and costing for a market stall venture

Practical Application: Design and sew a hoodie

Senior Study

Design and Technologies encourages skills and knowledge that apply to many vocations. These vocational

areas include teaching, nursing, social work, food technology, nutrition and dietetics, medicine, fashion design,

textile technology, management and hospitality. The skills learnt in Design and Technologies are invaluable

life skills that they can be used across many other disciplines and in general living to enhance the wellbeing of

students throughout their lives.