Course: 3D Design

Level: GCSE

Course Content

3D Design is a challenging and vibrant area of the curriculum where students closely follow the practices and processes required by design industries. Within the context of three-dimensional design, students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of different three-dimensional techniques and processes, these include the following: model making, constructing, surface treatment, assembling and modelling.

Students will explore their ideas through both drawing and practical investigations, this ranges from simple concept sketching, design drawings using isometric and orthographic processes through to Computer Aided Design (CAD) and on to developing a prototype ready for commercial viability.

This course will provide students with the opportunity to work within a range of more traditional material areas to enable them to design and manufacture innovative, high quality outcomes in response to a given theme. Materials they may experiment with include various drawing materials, clay, wood, metal, plastic, card and recycled materials.

Students will have access to the following facilities:

  • Laser cutting;
  • 3D printing;
  • Sublimation printing;
  • Brazing and welding;
  • Cutting tools and machinery;
  • Media ranging from pencil sketching and oil pastels to water marbling and enamelling;
  • Photoshop, 2D Design and Google Sketch up.


Coursework Portfolio (60% of the final grade): This consists of a minimum of 2 units internally set and developed from personal and/or given starting points. The portfolio is selected and presented by the candidate from work undertaken within the course. The portfolio will evidence how the candidate has met each of the assessment objectives.

Examination (40% of the final grade): The externally set task is completed in ten hours under exam conditions with several weeks preparation time beforehand. The task requires a sustained period of focused study and requires evidence of how the candidate has met each of the assessment objectives.



On completion of this course, students could go on to study: BTEC Art & Design – 3D Design and Manufacture and BTEC L3 Product Design.

Future careers include: advertising art director, automotive engineer, furniture restorer and graphic designer.

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