Learning Framework

Middle Years Technological and Applied Studies

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Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) incorporates a wide range of subjects, which provide students with opportunities to engage in innovative and practical design activities, utilising diverse technologies.

Technology and the understanding of design processes enables people to manage, interpret, shape and alter their environment, to improve their quality of life. Studies in TAS integrate both procedural and conceptual knowledge, based on a holistic view of design. Students identify needs that have personal relevance, apply design theory and use design processes that encourage flexibility, resourcefulness and imagination in the development, communication and production of quality solutions.

Students learn about different technologies and use a range of materials, tools and techniques to solve real problems, and to create ideas and solutions in response to needs or opportunities for customers, clients or themselves. They can be used to add functional, aesthetic and environmental value to products.

In Years 7–8, Technology (Mandatory) explores the exciting world of technology for the future. The aim is to develop students' ability to design, produce and evaluate quality solutions that respond to identified opportunities and needs. It enables students to justify solutions and to responsibly, safely and creatively use and select materials, tools and techniques

Year 7

In Year 7, students follow the design process from ideas through to quality solutions, in a variety of mediums. Students are introduced to computer coding and electronics, using the open-source electronics platform Arduino, in an exciting interactive processing project. Students also develop skills in Textiles Technology, using computer based machines to create a laptop bag for portable devices.

Year 8

In Year 8, students enhance their graphics skills with a digital book project and an architectural model, incorporating a landscape design project. Students also explore modernistic design principles with a Bauhaus-inspired wooden clock project.

Year 9

In Year 9, students may choose from the following TAS subjects as electives:

  • Design and Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Information and Software Technology
  • Textiles Technology

In Design and Technology, students explore the areas of laser cutting, 3D printing, silver jewellery making and more. Budding designers are exposed to new processes and designing for quality solutions.

In Food Technology, students study food and nutrition. Using new tools and technologies, such as the Thermomix, students explore how modern methods impact on health and wellbeing

In Information and Software Technology, students discover new projects incorporating 3D printing and experience Microsoft encounters, allowing students to get a taste of industry applications.

In Textiles Technology, students explore creative design processes in interior design and apparel, and the wide range and forms of fabric decoration that enhance projects. Laser cut fabrics add a new dimension to the strong focus on creativity.