3D Design L3

Start Date
Course Course
Design & Visual Arts
Hillsborough Campus

About this Course

This course focuses on the practical development and application of knowledge and skills required by anyone wishing to pursue a career in architecture, interior design or product design. The programme is designed to help you to discover and develop your talents, interests and strengths within the spectrum of 3-dimensional design. You will work on live, industry standard briefs and exhibit your work in a final show so that you are prepared for work in industry. You will also take part in trips and visits to local galleries and museums.

Key Units

You will work on a series of project briefs that are dynamic and responsive to current design trends, in order to help prepare you for employment in the industry or further specialised study.

Key units will include:
  • Unit 01: The Creative Process
  • Unit 02: Developing Creative Practice
  • Unit 03: Responding to a set brief
  • Unit 04: Researching a Specialist Industry Practice
  • Unit 05: Specialist Technical Skills Development
  • Unit 06: Specialist Creative Outcome

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs grades A*-C / grade 4 or above (or acceptable alternatives), including English Language and an art or textiles-related subject, or portfolio of artwork.

If you do not already hold a minimum of grade C/4 or above in GCSE Maths/English Language you will continue to study for these (or a Functional Skills qualification) alongside your course. 


Continual assessment of coursework including practical, theoretical and written project work. You will need to present your work at times to tutors and your peers. You must successfully pass each unit in order to progress and achieve the full extended diploma.

You will be assessed internally by teaching staff and by an external moderator from the awarding body, UAL. Your final grade will be awarded at the end of the course after the external moderator has agreed all grades.

Where does this Lead

Students who successfully complete this course may be open to a range of opportunities, including going on to university to study in one of the following areas:

  • Architecture
  • Architecture technology
  • Spatial design
  • Interior design
  • Urban landscape design
  • Product design
  • Furniture design
  • Retail and exhibition design
  • Theatre and TV set design
This programme has historical links with Sheffield Hallam University and many of our students continue their study there.

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Will the course suit me?

An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated with a desire to learn and a keen interest in the subject of design.

As the course is assessed entirely by coursework you need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines. You will also be expected to work independently on project work away from the college for at least 6 hours a week.

Extra Costs

Students are required to provide their own basic equipment and will be required to purchase a specialist kit of meterials and equipment. You will also be expected to pay a studio fee of approximately £50 towards the cost of materials provided by the college.

There will also be costs for a number of visits (local, national and international) which are payable in advance of the trip.

You may be entitled to help with these costs and anything else you need to buy for your course from the college’s Student Support Fund.

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