3-Dimensional Design (Product Design)

The focus of the course is on aesthetics of design that include sculpture, architecture and product design.

  • Course Type School Leaver
  • Subject Area Art and Design
  • Qualification A Level 🧩
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Location Centre for Creative Industries
  • Course Length 2 years

Any A Level subjects can be combined. A Levels can also be studied alongside a BTEC Level 3 Certificate.

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

This course will grow your understanding of 3-Dimensional (3D) art and design. You will develop your capacity to design and make products, produce outcomes and appreciate the complex relationship between design and materials. The focus of the course is on aesthetics of design that include sculpture, architecture and product design.

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.

You will:

  • Develop creative solutions to design problems through independent thinking and practical exploration of process and materials
  • Understand the key characteristics of materials and processes and how to utilise these through hands on experience
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the broader issues for artists and designers, such as environmental sustainability of products and their manufacture
  • Learn to work with materials including ceramics, plastics, plaster, metal, glass and wood and also use a 3D printer
  • Develop a personal artistic/design vision

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

Future steps: You could progress to specialist courses at Exeter College, including a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or Esports. Alternatively, a university degree in your chosen area of interest or pursue a career path in graphics. Career possibilities include: product design, architecture, interior design. 3D design also feeds into careers around ecology and sustainability through developing an understanding of consumer and lifestyle awareness. 


Entry Requirements

You will need eight GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Maths. You will also need grade 4 or above in GCSE Art or Design Technology. 


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.

Additional Costs

£35 – to cover access to enhanced equipment and facilities; some materials and supplies. Resource fees can be paid at or immediately after enrolment in late August via the college’s online payment system Wisepay, which can be accessed on our website here: exe-coll.ac.uk/pay

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