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3D Design (Pathway)

3D teaches you how shapes work in the world around you. When drawing in 2D, it’s not always easy to imagine the final shape of an object in three dimensions, because some shapes and design features are very difficult to imagine or represent and tweak in 2D. For this reason, knowing how to create in 3D gives you the ability to greatly increase your creative vocabulary. Learning 3D skills will open further career paths and give more flexibility to both employed and freelance creative designers.

The study of 3D Design is integral to all our vibrant and exciting Art and Design courses. Initially, you will acquire a broad art and design skill base, developing briefs and ideas via photography, fashion and textiles, 3D, fine art and graphics, trying new techniques and approaches to widen your creative perspective and thoroughly prepare you for your chosen specialist field of 3D Design.

You will have access to a fully equipped 3D design workshop, silver-smithing workshop, 3D printing and laser cutting facility, CAD software.
To enhance your studies, you will have access to fantastic, industry-standard facilities such as a Commercial Graphics Studio and Photography Studio equipped with IMac computers, 3D Modelling and & Animation Suite with Adobe Creative Cloud, Fashion, Textiles Studios as well as individual fine art spaces.

Artists and practitioners come to College to talk about their work and experience. We work with galleries, universities and businesses to ensure you have the opportunity to showcase your work. Our annual End of Year Show gives you the opportunity to display your best work in a professional environment.

Level 3 – in Year 1, you will study a range of arts disciplines to give you a broad understanding of the arts and attributes to the creative process. In Year 2, you will specialise in your chosen pathway (3D Design) which will allow you to explore and develop your skills and knowledge central to that area. The 3D Design specialist pathway forms part of the UAL (University of Arts London) Art and Design Creative Practice: Art, Design & Communication.

Aireville Campus
Study Location
1-2 Years
depending on Level
How your qualification is made up

Entry Requirements

  • Level 35 GCSEs grade 9-4 or equivalent including English & maths GCSEs grade 9-4 plus portfolio of Art & Design work

What you will study

Year 1 (General Art & Design Creative Practice Units):

  • The Creative Process
  • Developing Creative Practice
  • Responding to a Set Brief

Year 2 (Specialist 3D Design units):

  • Researching a Specialist Industry Practice
  • Specialist Technical Skills Development
  • Specialist Creative Outcome (Final Major Project)
  • Architecture
  • Product Design
  • Contemporary Crafts & Jewellery
  • Sculpting
  • Ceramics

What's Next?

Further Study

  • Art & Design Foundation Diploma (Level 3/4)
  • 3D Design BA (Hons)
  • Creative Industries BA (Hons)


  • 3D Designer
  • CAD Technician
  • Silversmith
  • Self-employed
Select your preferred study programme (subject). You can make 2 choices now and make a final decision in June. We will give you a conditional offer based on your predicted/actual GCSEs.
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