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Course overview

The aim of this course is to offer full-time students the opportunity to gain a national qualification in 3D design; exploring materials in a 3D design context, developing practical skills and increasing awareness and problem-solving skills as a designer. You will be encouraged to be creative and inventive but also to address the constraints within the design process, addressing functionality, performance and construction.

Year 1: In the initial stages of the course you will explore a range of materials including wood, plastics, metal and ceramics in a number of short projects building on existing skills as well as discovering exciting techniques and processes. Areas for investigation in year 1 include Product Design, Interior Design and Architectural studies from initial sketches to computer generated models. Year 1 culminates in the completion of an ambitious self-initiated project which will give an accurate assessment of your performance head of 2nd year.


Year 2: Your final grade will be awarded based on two practical design projects, the first of which has a mandatory 1000 word written research element in the form of an essay or blog. The second unit features starting points set by the exam board and culminates in a 15 hr 'controlled test' where you will finish an ambitious planned outcome.

Trips and visits will be arranged to deepen your understanding on the world of design.

What else do I need to know?

3D Design is a good course to study alongside Maths and Sciences, or the creative arts courses. The creative design industry in the UK and Europe is growing and there are excellent career opportunities after University, or apprenticeships, for talented young designers. Our students have the opportunity to sell original designs at our ‘Made Here’ shop in Newcastle town centre and will take part in live design briefs involving local companies to give them real world experience.

Trips and visits will be arranged to deepen your understanding on the world of design.

What are the entry requirements?

You will have high overall GCSEs with a minimum of five 9-4 grades, which should include three or more at grade 5 or above. Your GCSEs should include maths and English at a minimum of grade 4.

For 3D Design it would be preferable if you have attained a minimum grade 4 in a creative GCSE course including either Art & Design or Design & Technology subject however, you may be accepted on the basis of a strong portfolio.

How is it assessed?

Your progress will be regularly checked through in-class discussion and support, regular homework tasks and 1-1s. Teaching staff emphasise a positive learning environment where the importance of learning from mistakes is critical to your success. The aim is to ensure that by the time the real, assessed units begin in year 2 you should be well prepared to perform to the best of your ability. Your final grade is awarded in response to two coursework based projects.

Progression to year 2 will be dependent on successful completion of the first year taking into account Internal Progression Examination results and the Key Assessment Profile throughout the first year.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

A Level 3D Design can help you apply for many design-related courses in Higher Education. including Product Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design, Theatre and Film Set Design, Packaging Design, Multimedia Design and Automotive Design.

How do I find out more?

Contact subject leader Abi Sillitto at
abigail.sillitto@nscg.ac.uk

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