The A level 3D Design course gives you the practical experience of working three dimensionally in a wide range of materials and techniques in our well equipped workshop. You will also develop skills in researching, developing ideas in digital and hand-rendered techniques, analysing and refining your work to an exciting and effective conclusion.
The course is ideal for anyone interested in building on the foundation of skills learnt in GCSE Design & Technology or have developed a passion for working three dimensional through their GCSE Art programme.
Throughout the course you will have access to our specialist workshop and receive a safety induction into all the machines and tools available including our new technologies such as laser cutting and 3D printing. Lessons on digital programmes such as 2D TechSoft, Autodesk Fusion 360 and Adobe PhotoShop will be provided to enable all students to communicate their three dimensional designs effectively.
You will learn how to work to scale and how to create perspective drawings by hand. Using the work of other artists and designers is essential to expand your creative knowledge and inspire your ideas. You will create visual research; conduct primary investigations of sketches and photography as well studying innovative objects from which you will take inspiration for your designs. You will explore the complex issues within design today, how these impact humanity and how you could improve or express the world around you through your 3D designs.
In both the first and second years of the course you will have the opportunity to visit local and national galleries exhibiting relevant design work from historical to contemporary artists and designers. You will gather primary research on materials, develop skills in making techniques and processes across a range of materials including wood, metals and plastics, ceramics and glass as well as techniques to present work to a professional standard.
You will gain first hand knowledge on working within the creative design sector from our visiting practitioners. Witnessing demonstrations of their specialist craft as well as asking questions on their experiences in honing their skills, studying and ultimately working in their chosen creative field.
Within the first year of the programme you will be challenged to follow design briefs created for you for example exploring the exciting architectural splendour in our very own Birmingham City Centre. Towards the end of the first year you will be given free reign to design and create a project of your own choosing in the 3D specialist area you are most interested in. This is an exciting and creative course that will inspire and excite you.
The 3D Design A Level is an art based qualification under the Eduqas examination board. The course is divided into two units; coursework which counts for 60%, including a substantial written element and an externally-set exam which counts for 40% of the overall A level grade.
A minimum of five GCSEs. Two at grade 6 (in Design Technology/Product Design or Art) and three at grade 4 including English and Maths. Outstanding students without these subjects, but with a good portfolio of art work and a background in subjects such as Graphic Communication or Textiles, may be considered.Art and design portfolio may be required at interview.<