Technologies subjects offer students an opportunity to engage in authentic, challenging and relevant learning experiences that align with the attributes required to be successful citizens in a global society.  It improves communication, enhances higher-order thinking, makes the instruction more efficient and effective, and develops critical and creative thinking skills essential for our evolving world.

A.B. Paterson College looks at tomorrow’s technology today, infusing it into contemporary learning experiences within the context of the Technologies curriculum.  The learning experiences give students the capacity to launch themselves in their chosen careers or to advance their learning through vocational study in a variety of diverse areas.  

Students in Years 7 - 8 actively engage in a variety of academic and practical learning experiences as they rotate through the Technologies subject specialisations, which include Media Arts, Digital Technologies and Design Technologies, underpinned by the Food Specialisations, Food and Fibre, Materials Specialisation and Engineering Technologies contexts.  Whilst exploring a variety of concepts, students are encouraged to develop and apply contemporary learning skills that are transferable to many other settings and contexts.  They explore real-world design problems and create both digital and designed solutions that are relevant in today's society.  These take into consideration concepts that include sustainability and human-centered design factors and students develop criteria for success before designing and prototyping unique resolutions.  They are offered the opportunity to prototype their designs using industry-standard software, 3D printers, CNC routers, and laser cutters. In Digital Technologies and STEAM related tasks, students learn coding, as well as the skills to create digital solutions involving robotics and various digital systems.

In Year 9 students are given the opportunity to nominate their preferred subjects each Semester, enabling most students to study the aspects of Technologies that align with their personal and academic areas of interest. In Years 11 and 12, students can study elective subjects in the Technologies area, including Design, Engineering, Digital Solutions, Film, TV and New Media and Hospitality Practices which all contribute to ATAR calculations. 

All students in Technologies work towards creatively resolving problems that are relevant to their lives. They are encouraged to become independent learners, able to identify a need or opportunity and propose viable solutions in a variety of contexts.