Design Technology at St James College focuses on Woodwork. Students are taught the essential skills of cutting and joining, creating models that they plan and design.
- One of the highlights of the Year 7 course is the creation and blessing of a cross during an end-of-term liturgy.
- In Year 10, we run a VET Furnishings course alongside our regular course, giving students a pathway into Year 11 and a Certificate II upon completion.
- A talented and dedicated staff make this subject engaging and challenging across all year levels.
DigiTech changes as constantly as the technologies that we teach our students. St James is at the forefront of the digital revolution with access to 3D printers, the latest Lego robots, an emerging MakerSpace and professional level animation and game creation software across all year levels.
- In Year 7 the focus is on building and programming robots, culminating in the Robot Battle Royale. The Lego NXT and EV3 robots are always incredibly popular among students and the course allows for a variety of skill levels to be challenged in different ways.
- Year 8 students explore 3D design using industry-standard software to design and create models. The best models are printed and showcased online and in the library. The other focus in Year 8 is programming. The boys are introduced to the concepts behind software design, creating games and animations that solve a problem. The planning is as important as the product.
- Year 9 Web Design and Programming will be introduced in 2017. Students who choose this will find a client and create an interactive website with a database, security and inter-platform compatibility being the main goals.
- Finally, in Year 10, our Certificate II in Creative Industries continues, as well as the ever-popular Game Design course.
- Game Design uses game creation software such as Game Maker and Unreal Engine to create games for a purpose. The boys are provided with an introduction to the process of game design, focusing on design and making entertaining and playable games.
- The VET Certificate II in Creative Industries gives students VCE Units 1 and 2, a Certificate II accreditation, and the possibility of further study with the AIE in game design or animation.