Industrial Arts

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New technologies and technological systems continually exert an ever-greater influence on our lives today. Design, Technology and Engineering and the study of designed solutions to practical problems has emerged as an absolutely essential part of a comprehensive public education. Technologies represent the real-world application of scientific principles to solve problems and increase our efficiency in the world, as well as our enjoyment of it.

Industrial Arts department staff


Subjects taught in the Junior school are Architectural & Engineering Drawing (Years 9 & 10), Design & Technology (Years 7-10), Information & Software Technology (Robotics) (Year 10) .

Subjects taught for the HSC are Engineering Studies, Software Design & Development, Information Processes & Technology (Accelerated) and Design & Technology (Accelerated).

Our courses provide students with exposure to pre-engineering concepts and activities in the areas of architectural & technical drawing, software design & programming, CAD, computer applications such as power point, spreadsheet, database, desktop publishing, hydraulics and structural engineering. These experiences are essential for students to form a solid foundation for post-secondary education career choices and University.

Practical projects involve the mediums of Plastic, Wood & Metal and students design & construct a wide range of projects from Money Boxes & Tool Boxes to Side Tables & Chess Board Units.

The format of courses encourages students to develop team and individual work habits, problem solving and critical thinking skills, pride in the production of quality product and a sense of creative achievement. The Industrial Arts Department highlights the Eco Friendliness, minimal impact to the Environment, political & ethical correctness in the design & production of Students’ projects.

Junior Subjects

Architectural and Engineering Drawing

Graphics Technology enables students to practice logical thought and decision-making while developing skills applicable to a range of domestic, commercial and leisure activities. They engage in both manual and computer-based forms of image generation and manipulation and develop knowledge of the wide application of graphics in a variety of contexts and an ever-increasing range of vocations. Graphics Technology also develops students’ technical and visual literacy, equipping them for participation in a technological world.

The use of graphical images to communicate information overcomes the barriers of time and linguistic, cultural and social differences. In an age of globalised industry and rapid technological development, where computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacture (CAM), interactive graphic design (IGD) and multimedia applications are widely used, the study of Graphics Technology is particularly relevant.

Students in Technical Drawing class 1

Knowledge, understanding and skills
Students will develop knowledge, understanding and skills to:

  1. interpret, design, produce and evaluate a variety of graphical presentations using a range of manual and computer-based media and techniques
  2. use graphics conventions, standards and procedures in the design, production and interpretation of a range of manual and computer-based graphical presentations
  3. select and apply techniques in the design and creation of computer-based presentations and simulations to communicate information
  4. appreciate the nature and scope of graphics in industry and the relationships between graphics technology, the individual, society and the environment.

In the Architectural drawing component, students will:

  1. discuss the influence of site, materials, function, form and style on house design
  2. design site and floor plans and conceptual drawings of a house
  3. understand that architects create a variety of types of drawings when designing buildings.

Students in Technical Drawing class 2

Design and Technology

This subject is concerned with learning about a broad range of technologies through design and involves practical experiences of designing, making, evaluating, using computers, communicating and managing time & resources.

For the purposes of this subject, design is the concept which links human ingenuity to selected activities in order to meet needs and find solutions. This link can be achieved through existing or new technologies. Also, for the purpose of this subject, technology is the know-how and creative process that may assist people to utilise tools, resources and systems to solve problems.

Students in Design and Technology class 1

This subject focuses on the study of technology through design. It provides opportunities for students to:

  1. develop an understanding of a range of technological activities and their applications to the personal, commercial and industrial areas;
  2. develop confidence and competence in the use of technological resources and processes;
  3. design and construct solutions to given design briefs;
  4. develop an awareness and appreciation of the impact of design and technology on the quality of life;
  5. develop environmental and social responsibility in design and the use of technology.

Of the allocated periods per fortnight, students spend a majority of periods in the practical rooms, one period in the Computer Laboratory and one period in the Technical Drawing Rooms.

Accounting for the facilities available in this school, the main materials we use are Timber and Plastics in the construction of various projects such as a Chess Board Cabinet & Side table. The non practical component involves the traditional and CAD drawings of the project, spreadsheet costing and management techniques.

Students in Design and Technology class 2

Included in the subject is an area of study on the Materials Science component of the Engineering Studies HSC Course. This provides a useful insight for students interested in Engineering for further studies. Design & Technology is also offered as an Accelerated HSC Design & Technology Course to those students who have a strong talent in the area of Design & are in a position to handle an accelerated HSC course. These students need to meet a criteria for suitability.

Students in Design and Technology class 3

Accelerated Subjects

Design & Technology (Accelerated)

Design and Technology has a unique focus on creativity, innovation and the successful implementation of innovative ideas. Students will investigate the importance of evaluation, the role of computer-based technologies, management, communication and collaborative design, as well as exploring current and emerging technologies. Students will be given the opportunity to explore and develop technologies and demonstrate insight into the future uses of technology. They will articulate arguments on issues and consequences including environmental and social impacts. They will develop skills which are transferable and which lead to lifelong learning.

HSC Course
The study of designing and producing includes a Major Design Project, in the area of your interest, eg, Software Design, Woods or other materials. The project folio includes a project proposal and management, project development and realisation, and project evaluation. Also studied is Innovation and Emerging Technologies, including a case study of innovation.

Students in accelerated HSC Design and Technology

An HSC Design and Technology project

HSC Subjects

Engineering Studies

Both Preliminary and HSC courses offer students knowledge, understanding and skills in aspects of engineering that include telecommunications, aeronautics, engineering mechanics/hydraulics, engineering materials, engineering electricity/electronics historical/societal influences on engineering practice and the scope of the engineering profession.

Students study engineering by investigating a range of applications and fields of engineering. The course provides an excellent lead in to the study of engineering courses, applied science courses such as architecture, as well as design courses at tertiary level.

Main Topics Covered include:

  • The study of Bio-Engineering
  • Civil structures
  • Personal and public transport
  • Lifting devices
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Telecommunications Engineering.

Students in accelerated HSC Engineering Studies

Software Design and Development

Software Design and Development refers to the creativity, knowledge, values and communication skills required to develop computer programs. The subject provides students with a systematic approach to problem-solving, an opportunity to be creative, excellent career prospects and interesting content. Students interested in the fields of software development and computer science will find this subject of value. The subject is not only for those who seek further study or careers in this field, but also for those who wish to understand the underlying principles of software design and development.

Main Topics Covered include:

  • Concepts and Issues in the Design and Development of Software
  • Social and ethical issues
  • Hardware and software & Software Development Approaches

Students also learn how to design and develop small & large scale interesting programs using Visual Basic, which will give them the foundations to design and implement their HSC major project.

Students in accelerated HSC Software Design and Development