Design and Technology

Design and Technology Learning Area 

Knowledge, understandings and skills involved in the design, development and use of technologies are influenced by, and can play a role in, enriching and transforming societies and our natural, managed and constructed environments.


The Western Australian Curriculum: Design and Technologies actively engages students in creating quality designed solutions for identified needs and opportunities across a range of technologies contexts. Students consider the economic, environmental and social impacts of technological change and how the choice and use of technologies contributes to a sustainable future. Decision-making processes are informed by ethical, legal, aesthetic and functional factors.


Through Design and Technologies students manage projects, independently and collaboratively, from conception to realisation. They apply design and systems thinking and design processes to investigate ideas, generate and refine ideas, plan, produce and evaluate designed solutions. They develop their ability to generate innovative designed products, services and environments.

Design and Technologies aims to develop the knowledge, understandings and skills to ensure that, individually and collaboratively, students:

  • Produce designed solutions suitable for a range of Technologies contexts by selecting and manipulating a range of materials, systems, components,tools and equipment creatively, competently and safely; and managing processes.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of people in design and technologies occupations and how they contribute to society.


Design and Technologies students learn about technologies in society through different technologies contexts (Engineering principles and systems; Food and fibre production; Food specialisations; and Materials and technologies specialisations) as they create designed solutions.