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KS5 - 3D Design

Course overview

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of three-dimensional media, processes and techniques.  They will be made aware of both traditional and new media. Students will explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales.Students may use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work, where appropriate.  They will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples.  This will be integral to the investigating and making process.  Students’ responses to these examples will be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Course content and assessment

Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of three-dimensional design, such as those listed below.  They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

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

Students will be expected to demonstrate skills, in the context of their chosen area(s) of three-dimensional design.  They will be required to demonstrate skills in all of the following:

  • appreciation of solid, void, form, shape, texture, colour, decoration, surface treatment, scale, proportion, structure, rhythm and movement
  • awareness of intended audience or purpose for their chosen area(s) of three-dimensional design
  • awareness of the relationship between three-dimensional design and urban, rural or other settings
  • appreciation of the relationship of form and function and, where applicable, the ability to respond to a concept, work to a brief, theme or topic, or answer a need in the chosen area(s) of three-dimensional design
  • the safe use of a variety of appropriate tools and equipment
  • understanding of working methods, such as model-making, constructing and assembling


Component 1:

Personal Investigation

  • No time limit
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of A level

Component 2:

Response to an externally set assignment

  • Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time
  • 96 marks
  • 40% of A level

Non exam assessment (NEA) set by AQA, marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre.  Visits will normally take place in June.

What next?


Interior Design

Graphic Design

TV/Stage Set Design

Packaging Design

Marketing & Advertising

Product Design


Entry Requirements:

Course-specific Entry Requirements: At least a grade 6 or equivalent in Graphics, Product Design or Engineering.

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