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Design 3D (OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma)

Why Study Design 3D?

The study of Design is valuable in its own right; we are living in an environment which is increasingly visually aware. The ‘creative industries’ are now one of the most important generators of wealth in this country. A visual education will be advantageous for everyone in the 21st century. Design covers a multitude of skills and Design (3D) is a broad title which can include interior design, furniture design, model-making and exhibition and theatre design as well as more craft-based disciplines such as ceramics, jewellery and silversmithing.

Entry Requirements

In addition to our general entry requirements, you must have:

  • GCSE English – grade 3
  • GCSE Art or Design & Technology – grade 4 (or Merit in Level 2 BTEC Art & Design)

The Course

This course is intended for the learner who wants to specialise in this area and wish to gain specialist knowledge of 3D Design to prepare for a career in architecture, interior design furniture or product design. There is a strong practical emphasis throughout, and assignments will often be related to the world of work and the commercial context.

Learners will develop a broad overview of how to generate, develop and communicate ideas in two and three-dimensions, drawing and model making being essential in this process. Hand rendered presentation and technical working drawing, together with computer generated design work and traditional model and prototype making, provide the ingredients for diverse portfolios which enable students to progress directly to university.

Course Activities

Lessons will be predominantly practically based. You will be given clear demonstrations of processes and you will be given time to explore these both in small groups and independently. You will be encouraged to talk about your work using specialist vocabulary and to discuss your ideas and your understanding of other designers’ work with your tutor and fellow students.

You should be prepared to write about both your ideas and the work of others. Written evaluation forms an extremely important part of this course. Your sketchbooks or work boards should be thoroughly annotated.

Career and Progression Opportunities

Many students choose to pursue Art & Design studies at a higher level and there are two main pathways: an Art Diploma (Foundation) or direct entry into Higher Education. Career options include applied arts and crafts, architecture, product design, games arts, illustration, interior design, furniture design, theatre design and special effects.

Course Structure and Assessment

This is a two-year course and is the equivalent of one A Level.

Unit 1: Art & Design in Context This unit looks at key trends, movements and events in the context of a chosen art or design discipline.

Unit 11: How Artists and Designers Use 3D Materials, Techniques and Processes This unit enables students to investigate artists’/designers’ work to influence the generation and development of ideas for their work.

You will study a further four specialist 3D Design units selected to meet the needs of the class, from a list that includes:

  • Exploring Ceramics
  • Creating 3D Art or Design Work
  • Spatial Design
  • 3D Product Design

Additional Information

The College provides some of the basic materials that you will require for this course. However, you will need to purchase an art kit with all the essentials you will need to work in lessons and at home.

Examination Board: OCR


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