Yr9 A3 Main Design guidance
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An example of a Design sheet for A3: Design
For this assignment you are required to research, develop and illustrate a design based
on a chosen theme. Your final design will be done on A2 (size) paper and should
include at least 3 view points (elevations) and include annotations that fully explain
Read the task instructions below carefully and use the audio instructions and icon links
on the assignment page for more help.
Task 1: Research
• You need to start this assignment by doing some research on your possible areas
of chosen design. Areas of design to choose from are:
º Product Design
º Fashion Design
º Building (architecture)
º Interior Design
º Furniture Design
º Garden Design
• Select more than one theme for your work so that you have a back-up plan for
• Find images and information to help you plan for your own design, print out all
your research and make notes in your sketchbook.
Task 2: Planning
• For this task you need to illustrate your thinking about your chosen design ideas
by making a mind-map/ bubble chart. There is a link to a free mind-mapping
tool on the assignment page (use the link icon).
• Use the following structure to get start your mind-map:
• Draw your own Mind-map in your sketchbook that illustrates your own initial
thoughts for your design. Add more cells (bubbles) to extend the mind-map
that will explain your initial thoughts in detail.
Task 3: Illustrate your initial ideas.
• For this task you are to use one full sketchbook page to illustrate each (3) of your
• Add the date and title (A3: Design - Idea 1,2 or 3)
• Divide each page into four equal sections as shown in the example below:
• In each of the sections draw your design using different view-points (elevations).
• Add annotations (labels) that explain your design and elevation (view-point).
• Add colour using coloured pencils to the design and background.
Task 4: Development of your final (chosen) idea.
• Choose ONE of your initial ideas/ designs for your final design.
• Using a full page in your sketchbook create a pactise design sheet of your design
using at least 3 alternative elevations (view-points).
• Add annotations and colour to your work.
• You may need to rotate your sketchbook page to 'Landscape format' for this
• This task should be completed to your best standard as you will use this to help
you work on your main (large) design sheet.
Task 5: Main Design
• Collect a sheet of A2 (size) paper and set up your design sheet by adding a
border. Make the border approximately 1-2 cm in thickness and use a ruler.
• Add your title inside the top border - A3: Design - My design sheet/ include the
name of your design.
• Add your name and form in the bottom border.
• Using a very light pencil line divide your design sheet into the relevant number
of sections (one for each of your elevations/ drawings).
• You need to illustrate your final design using at least 3 alternative elevations
(view-points). Use your previous sketchbook work to help you with this.
Remember to increase the scale/ size of your drawings to suit the larger sized
paper. Your elevations should fill the sections you have made.
• Using water colour paints add colour to your work. Begin by adding colour to
the background first!
• Use the colour effectively by using a range on tones and shades that make your
designs appear 3D and realistic.
• Add full annotations/ explanations for each of your elevations. Use a black ink
pen (not biro) so that your text is clear. You may also want to consider typing up
your annotations and then printing these out to stick on to your work too!
Submitting a sample of your work for assessment:
• When your work is complete, take a digital photo of it and submit this picture
into your markbook by using the link on the assignment page called: SUBMIT
• Check that your picture can be viewed correctly and that it is clear. If it needs to
be rotated then rotate it before your submit it.
• Listen to the audio instructions for more help and guidance on this.
• If you need to use a camera from school please ask, you can also use the school
computers in the ICT rooms (lunch) or the library if needed.