Campbell High School

An ACT Public School

Design & Technology

Head of Faculty: Ron Vandergugten


The Design and Technology area brings together a set of subject areas with differing histories and traditions all sharing an interest in effective design and practical experience in the use of a variety of materials.

Subjects offered by the Design and Technology faculty provide opportunities for students to develop and apply knowledge, understanding and skills that can be transferred to every day living and work environments.

The students are required to manage resources and to initiate and adapt to change. They are challenged to develop skills of critical thinking and problem solving, allowing them to make informed decisions, communicate effectively and work cooperatively to meet their needs.

Students follow the design process and are involved in designing, making and appraising their projects, developing portfolios of work samples.

While this subject area is based around practical work, literacy and numeracy skills are reinforced and applied in real life situations.


Year 7 and 8

Students are introduced to the subject area in year 7. They complete a term's work in Food Studies and Textiles. In Food Studies they learn basic food preparation skills, safety and hygiene, correct use of kitchen equipment and have the opportunity to cook weekly. They spend another term working in Woodwork and Metalwork where they learn about safety in the workshop and develop skills in the use of equipment to complete projects such as a pencil box.

At the end of year 7 students choose their subjects for year 8.  They are required to elect at least one Design and Technology unit. The semester units in year 8 become more specialised, expanding on the skills learnt in year 7 and have a practical focus. The subjects offered are:

  • Wood Technology
  • Metal Technology
  • Textiles and Design
  • Food Studies


Year 9 and 10

A diverse range of subjects is offered to students in years 9 and 10. Students have the opportunity to elect to do a range of related subjects and work on enhancing their skills in a specific area, or they may develop a range of skills through studying unrelated subjects.  All courses have a strong design element and are practically based. Students must elect at least one technology subject during years 9 and 10. The subjects offered include:

  • Food Studies: Baking
  • Food Studies: Nutrition
  • Food Studies: Catering
  • Food Studies: Hospitality
  • Food Studies: Multicultural
  • Metal Technology
  • Metal Projects A
  • Metal Projects B
  • Wood Technology
  • Wooden Toys
  • Wood Projects A
  • Wood Projects B
  • Textiles and Design A
  • Textiles and Design B
  • Computing: Web Design
  • Computing: Programming
  • Computing: Animation
  • Electronics
  • Motor Maintenance
  • Technical Drawing & CAD
  • Design Workshop
  • VET Hospitality (Statements of Attainment Certificate 1)
  • VET IT (Certificate 1)

The vocational course in Hospitality is offered to year 10 students. It enables them to obtain a Statement of Attainment towards a Certificate I in Hospitality, an internationally recognised qualification.

Students can use the below link to complete OnGuard Safety Training tests online at home. Login issues please see your teacher or email


 OnGuard Safety Training

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