Art & Design (3D)

Specification: AQA

Qualification: A Level

Why study Three-Dimensional Design?

This dynamic course has been developed to allow students to actively experience a comprehensive range of three-dimensional art and design processes and contexts. Studying Three-Dimensional Design builds and stretches your practical and theoretical skillset and allows you to work in very different ways compared to traditional subjects. The skills you develop are transferable and the independence and resilience you build will enhance all areas of your learning, all of which is highly sought after by future employers and it is worth noting that the creative industries are the fastest growing economic sector in the UK.

What will I study?

This A Level two unit award is a two year course.

  • Component 1: Portfolio (60% of A-Level)
  • Component 2: Externally set assignment (40% of A-Level)

You will take part in practical projects and skill development work. You will learn to carry out independent research from various sources whilst working on assignments, and to work to set questions/ briefs. ICT will be widely used both for practical work, portfolio and written assignments.

You are required to work in one or more areas of three-dimensional design and you may explore overlapping and combinations of areas such as:

  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Exhibition design
  • Design for theatre, television and film
  • Interior design
  • Product design
  • Environmental and architectural design
  • Jewellery/ body ornament
  • 3D digital design

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1 comprises internally set workshops and assignments. Unit 2 is an externally set project, culminating in a 15 hour examination. Both units are internally assessed by your teachers and moderated by the exam board.

Future Opportunities & Careers

Three-Dimensional Design offers a wide array of career potential. You may be contemplating a career in advertising, media, film and television, publishing, architecture, graphics, museum and exhibition work, theatre design, interior design, art galleries, jewellery, fashion, photography, textiles or teaching Art and Design. This course is an excellent basis for Further/Higher Education courses, leading to a wide variety of careers in the Art and Design sector and will earn UCAS points that contribute to university admission requirements.

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE Art.

Course expenses

Total cost for the first year of the course is £10, which purchases two A3 spiral bound sketchbooks, together with an A1 polythene folder. It is expected that all Three-Dimensional Design students will bring a set of drawing pencils, coloured pencils, eraser/putty rubber, pencil sharpener and black biro to all lessons.

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