This 3D Design A Level course covers a particularly wide range of activities from jewellery and body adornment to architecture and environmental design. This course will allow you to develop the skills needed for Higher Education or employment and provide you with a creative design portfolio.
During the course you will investigate a wide range of design influences and develop your awareness of design principals through critical and contextual understanding of design history. This will include aspects such as visual language, ergonomics and ethical approaches to designing.
We provide a range of teaching methods to cover all the skills you require to develop responses to design briefs successfully. These include developing skills in the workshop in a range of resistant materials, exploring creative approaches to problem solving, research skills and the use of digital applications such as ‘Sketch Up’ to enhance your design portfolio. You will also record your ideas and produce written responses to the research that has driven and influenced your work.
A range of visits to museums and art galleries will enhance your knowledge and give you visual first-hand references. We have close links with a number of universities offering a range of design pathways and you will have the opportunity to listen to guest speakers from the industry.
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Five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics. You should have studied an art or design based GCSE and achieved a minimum of grade 4 in the related subject. It may be possible to gain entry to the
qualification without a GCSE in an art related subject by submitting a portfolio showcasing your practical work at interview.
The course includes two units:
- Personal investigation (60%) – this takes place in the second year and builds on first year study. This work will form the backbone of your portfolio and showcase your research skills and developing practice.
- Externally set task (40%) – You will respond to an externally set brief and develop your responses over a period of 7 – 8 weeks. You will then have a 15-hour controlled test to produce your final design and this usually takes place after Easter in your second year.
Assessment is ongoing throughout the course, with regular feedback tutorials and seminar style peer discussions. Any marks will be indicative of the level that you are working at and will allow you to continually develop and refine your work.
Final assessment takes place once you have completed the course.
There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study here, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.Lee Backhouse, BTEC student
Everyone at the College was really helpful, and there’s lots of facilities, meaning it’s very easy to get your work done on time, and get good grades. The teaching and support was excellent, they were always on top of it, and made sure you got work done on time and you were challenged. Everyone is friendly and its really diverse, meaning you can get involved in lots of different things.Conor Ward, BTEC student
I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.David Stenning, Public Services student
Students could progress on to a wide variety of Higher Education courses or Apprenticeships and into various positions in the world of work including architecture, interior design or civil engineering.