Design and Technologies

Design and Technology classes focus on people, their needs and the management of their resources. It also provides avenues for leisure activities both now and later in the student’s life.

Students at Melrose High School will gain experience in a wide range of design and technology studies. Opportunities will be provided for students to:


  • Develop self-confidence and express themselves openly

  • Participate in decision making and problem solving

  • Research and develop ideas, think critically and gain knowledge

  • Produce practical solutions to set problems

  • Develop a commitment to a sustainable future in regards to all aspects of technology

  • Evaluate the results of their actions and work



Design and Technologies provide the opportunity to delve into technical, industrial, artistic and craft techniques for both vocational and leisure activities. The units are designed to accommodate those seeking skills for future trade studies or higher learning and offer a broad skills base for those with a healthy interest in these subjects. This gives each student the opportunity to interact with technology in a variety of ways. Our technology subjects also provide a window into how technology is used in industry and how it is affecting society today and in the future.

Years 7 and 8

Students are introduced to Design and Technologies courses in which they explore the following areas of Technology: Food Studies, Textiles, Kitchen Gardening, Woodwork and Metalwork. These courses teach students to identify and create criteria for success, workplace safety, skill development and sustainability through the design process. These skills provide an effective knowledge base for future studies in these areas.

Years 9 and 10

Students choose semester courses of study in Design and Technologies. The variety of units in Years 9 and 10 encourages students to elect a course of study based on their interests while providing a sound base for further study at college and beyond.

   Technology Units

  • Delicious Desserts

  • Entertaining and Hospitality

  • Festive Baking

  • Cultural Cuisine

  • Creative Textiles

  • Leisure Wear

  • Fashion and Design

  • Woodwork

  • Metalwork

  • Graphic Design 

  • Industrial Design  




Digital Technologies provide students with the knowledge and skills to be responsible, global digital citizens. Students in all Years elect the subjects they wish to study.

                Years 7 and 8

An introductory unit in computing is taught to students who elect general IT in Year 7 and 8. They are introduced to programming, network systems and file management, as well as to design based programs in the Adobe suite. 


Students engage in a unit on Cyber Safety to enable them to behave in a safe and respectful manner online. Students also sample the digital technology electives offered in Years 9 and 10. This includes creating animations, designing a website, experimenting with Photoshop and learning about 3D Animation.

Years 9 and 10

The variety of Digital Technology units in Years 9 and 10 encourages students to elect a course of study based on their interests while providing a sound base for further study at college and beyond.


Students can elect from a variety of Digital Technology classes in the senior elective program and though these classes are encouraged to show their creativity and talent in this arena. Classes range from ACE IT with a focus on independent discovery, to media and moving images, to interior and exterior design.