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Are you looking for a creative course where you will develop a personal direction within your creative work, and express these in both a 2D and 3D form?

This hands-on, interactive and inspiring course will see you using a range of materials in your work such as wood, wire, clay, paper and Perspex to create your vision. At each stage you will experiment with materials to explore how and why great design can improve our environment!

You'll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway and a Grade 4 in a relevant GCSE Art or Design subject. If students have not taken a GCSE Art or Design subject, then a portfolio of work will be considered. General entry criteria also applies.


For further information on the pathways, please click here.


NOTE: 3 Art & Design subjects cannot be studied together

As part of this course you will carry out visual research for your projects using drawings, photographs and other mediums to develop your concepts, and consider how these might be expressed in a physical form.

Topics include:

  • Graphical techniques
  • Product, architecture and interior design
  • Use of computer based media
  • Working with materials and exploring their processes
  • Personal project/area of interest

Educate, Enrich, Enlighten

Our highly qualified subject specialists will help you to develop your creativity and help you to realise your design visions in the most appropriate form. Our onsite 3D Design Studio features the latest in industry standard equipment, such as a computerised laser cutting machine and supporting software.

You will be stretched and challenged through a variety of methods, and given the chance to explore, test and refine your ideas. We host a wide range of visiting speakers, workshops and join challenges such as the Rotary Club Design Competition. Previous students have also enjoyed trips such as a residential trip to Berlin to be inspired by the famous architecture and design

Studying for an A Level in 3D Design is an enriching experience. You will be encouraged to build on your cultural capital through a range of extra-curricular opportunities, from guest workshops to taking part in national competitions.

In past years, our 3D Design students:

  • Visited European cities to research architecture
  • Took part in guest artist workshops
  • Exhibited work in an end of year showcase
  • Took part in the national competition, Future Engineers
  • Participated in regional design competitions

Assessment is via examination and coursework. Please speak to our team for further details.

A Level 3D Design students progress to university to study subjects such as:

  • Architecture
  • Product Design
  • Design Technology
  • Graphic Design
  • Engineering
  • Interior Architecture

This is however not an exclusive list and 3D Design is a qualification valued highly by universities due to the creative and critical thinking skills it develops.

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This is a highly practical course, and you should enjoy being creative, and making full-size working prototypes, models and architectural models. You’ll develop a wide range of skills, including problem solving and the ability to articulate your vision. This is a popular course for students wishing to pursue Architecture, Product, Interior or Industrial Design. 


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