11 Product Innovation

SACE Stage 1: 10 Credits / 1 Semesters / Advanced Technologies

SACE Website:  https://www.sace.sa.edu.au/web

Pre-Requisite:  Nil


This course offers students the opportunity to experience what it would be like to work in a real life product design studio. Students will work with design briefs that focus on high-end solutions, creating virtual 3D models in Autodesk Inventor and producing a physical product using a range of techniques, including 3D printers.

Focus of learning

Projects may include consumer electronic devices, appliances for the home, more efficient workplace products, tools for safer and more effective industrial applications, sports equipment to improve safety and performance, fashion accessories, new car concepts, toy and game designs, furniture and medical equipment.
Students will focus on the aesthetics, function, usability and social significance of manufactured objects along with determining how products are made, the materials used and environmental sustainability, then use this knowledge to design products that make people's lives safer, happier and more efficient.

Topics include:

  • design process
  • graphic design
  • 3D modelling (Autodesk Inventor/ Sketch Up)
  • electronic principles and techniques
  • app and website coding



Evidence of learning

A variety of tasks allow students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding through:

Innovation and creativity

  • creative and critical thinking to problem solve a range of design briefs
  • working in a simulated ‘design studio’ environment

Critical thinking and problem solving

  • solving problems that arise during realisation process

Knowledge and understanding

  • develop communication skills, through both verbal and visual methods
  • development of new skills and knowledge through skills-based tasks

Additional Information

Costs: Students will need to pay for any specialised materials, though most basic materials will be provided.