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A Level 3D Design

This course is perfect for students wishing to learn the study of visual communication through the exploration of three-dimensional outcomes. Learn to develop design solutions, exploring methods and processes that utilise state-of-the-art technology.


Do you possess a lively, enquiring mind? Do you enjoy developing your ideas through making and utilising a range of processes towards a final project? During the 3D Design course, you will learn to develop design solutions, exploring the power of computer-aided design and emerging technologies as a creative tool. The course is structured to support and develop your confidence and individual strengths, from traditional model making and studio-based skills through to more commercial methods of manufacturing, allowing for a broad and creative approach to design. You will participate in a range of varied and challenging workshops developing fundamental skills and knowledge integral to the world of Three-Dimensional Design.

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Start date: 09/09/2024

Course code
Level 3
Truro College
2 years
A Level


outstanding facilities

creative art academies

excellent tutor support


Laser technology

Cutting edge workshop facilities, including the latest in 3D printing and laser technology.


suit your chosen specialisation

Refine ways of working which suit your individual interests, acquiring and developing specialist skills in your chosen discipline, Architecture, Product and Interior Design.

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STEM content embedded

Industry led project briefs and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subject content embedded throughout.


Workshops include experimental technologies and playful model making for students who wish to take the more traditional approach; digital workshops offer all students access to develop skills in industry standard CAD software including Solidworks, Adobe Creative Suite. Other aspects you will explore include thumbnail sketches, prototype modelling, 3D scanning, materials testing, extending these further through advanced CAD techniques.

The research and development of your concepts and designs are gathered in your sketchbook. Documenting and constantly reflecting on your creative development, you will become skilled in communicating ideas visually and in three -dimension, to meet your clients’ needs. By the end of the first year, you will have produced a body of work which documents your creative thinking and design process.

The second year builds on your learning in the first year. There is one personally negotiated, focused coursework project and one exam project. As well as building on your evolving making skills, there is a small written element; this is supported by group presentations strengthening your analytical skills through both discussion and written work.

Towards the end of the course you are given eight weeks lecture time to prepare for a 15-hour exam. The preparation time forms a personal project responding to a chosen exam theme; the 15-hour exam time is used to create a final piece that resolves this project.

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A qualification in 3D design is highly valued by universities and employers and is applicable to almost every progression in art and design. Employment as an Architect, Product or Interior Designer is the clearest route. Taken with Maths and Physics lead to Engineering or Science based professions. You can progress directly from A Level to either an Arts Degree or Science/Engineering Degree.


Component 1: Personal Investigation
Internally Assessed 60% of A Level
The Personal Investigation consists of a major in-depth, practical, critical and theoretical investigative project/theme-based portfolio. Learners will be required to carry out an extended critical and contextual analysis (1000 word minimum requirement).

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment
Internally Assessed 40% of A Level
Learners will be required to independently develop a personal response to one of a varied range of stimuli. Learners will develop their response during a preparatory study period culminating in a 15 hour sustained focus study.

  • Independent work is fundamental to the course; at least 50% of all work assessed should have happened outside the classroom.
  • Homework is set weekly. Initially it is set by lecturers and will be tightly specified and closely linked to class workshops; it will be monitored regularly. As the course develops you will be required to set your own homework/independent work based on agreed learning needs.
  • Your ongoing work will be assessed in lessons through focused 1:1 discussion. Sketchbook work will be assessed regularly for reflective, thoughtful, analytical critical evaluation and annotation. Emphasis is upon the development towards a final piece, through observation and technical, aesthetic and conceptual refinement.
  • You will also be assessed against how your research of art, craft, design, media and technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures improves your own understanding and practice.
  • Discussions and presentations are a vital part of our assessment process and you will be expected to contribute to these during your lessons.


Preferably GCSE Art/Design Technology/Engineering Grade 4 or above and a keen interest in design and developing your creativity.


The Art Department is friendly, supportive, ambitious and hardworking. Achievement in this subject relies heavily on your attendance, punctuality and commitment to learning, both independently and within lectures.

Independent practice will be supported through PowerPoints, worksheets and other guides available through our virtual learning environment. We also provide further support through focused boards on Pinterest.

Awarding Body: Eduqas

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