3-Dimensional Design (Product Design)
Faculty of Art and Design
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Art and Design Level 3 - A Level Centre for Creative Industries 2 year

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This is an Art and Design course focusing on 3-Dimensional, functional outcomes.

This course will develop students’ capacity to design and make objects and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, and making. 3D Design calls for creativity and visual exploration and there will be a focus on drawing and developing ideas as well as producing models and final pieces. Students will participate in a range of activities including practical workshops, team projects and theoretical study. Research and presentation skills will be developed throughout. Assessment is by coursework and examinations.

What topics will I study?

This course starts with several short projects on different themes, using various materials including wood, metal, plastics, ceramics and plaster. Themes may include jewellery, furniture, tableware and architecture. An extended project follows, where the student decides on the theme, develops ideas, selects appropriate materials and produces a 3D outcome. The extended project will form the majority of the final submission.

Candidates will undertake self-directed research to inform their studies and will use the Design Cycle to generate and refine work. Health and safety is promoted at all times when completing practical tasks.

What experiences will I get?

  • Educational trips and visits to current exhibitions, museums and galleries, for example, the Design Museum (London)

  • Links to local industries which can tie in to project briefs

  • Presentations about industry experts

  • Support with progression including visits to local businesses and nationwide Universities

What are the entry requirements?

Standard entry requirements: Grade 4 in English and 4 in Maths. Plus, you will need six GCSEs at grade 4 or above.
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: Grade 4 or above in GCSE Art or Design Technology.

What can I study alongside this course?

Any A Level subjects can be combined. A Levels can also be studied alongside a BTEC Level 3 Certificate. This course would be a good choice with one other creative subject or to complement academic A Level subjects.

What facilities are there?

The CCI building boasts a range of specialist learning environments which accommodate equipment and technical support for working with a wide variety of materials. This includes wood, metal and ceramics. As well as this there will be access to a Learning Centre, an onsite shop for basic materials and computer suites equipped with the latest Adobe Creative Suite software.

What can the course lead on to?

Career possibilities include: product design, architecture, ceramic design, furniture design, interior design or a career in 3D crafts. 3D design also feeds into careers around ecology, sustainability through developing an understanding of consumer and lifestyle awareness.

Are there any additional costs?

There are some costs of materials and resources, for an indication of what these might be please click to view the fees for September 2018.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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