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3D Design A Level at Cirencester College

Course description

Most projects will start with some visual research which will involve you drawing and photographing man-made and natural objects or environments. You will investigate the work of other artists and designers and develop an understanding of historic and contemporary creative practices. You will be introduced to a range of materials and methods such as clay, woods, metals and plastics and you will learn how these can be manipulated and combined to create new and innovative 3D outcomes.

Projects might include:
• Jewellery: body adornment, object d’art, fashion accessories
• Ceramics: functional, ornamental and sculptural pottery
• Architectural: exteriors, interiors and landscape
• Product Design: transport, consumer goods, lighting, furniture.
During the Personal Investigation you will develop a personal direction within your creative work. You will select a theme that will serve as the inspiration and direction for your coursework. You will carry out visual research in the form of drawings and photographs and also experiment with materials and processes to establish what is possible and develop specific skills. You will generate a design brief and record and explore your ideas using sketches and maquettes to communicate your concepts. Your ideas will evolve and develop allowing you to produce your final work to a very high standard. You will work on your personal theme for about two and a half terms allowing you to develop sophisticated concepts and create larger scale outcomes than on the AS course.  You will also produce a 3000 word personal study based on the study of artists and designers that relate to your theme or the materials and techniques in which you choose to work.

This is a creative course and the emphasis is on developing visually exciting work regardless of the materials or processes that you choose to work with

Entry requirements

Grade C or a Merit or Distinction at BTEC Level 2 in an Art or Design subject.  Entry may also be made via portfolio/interview.


This Linear A level is delivered over two academic years (five and a half terms). It allows you to explore materials, techniques and processes and develop new skills in the early part of the course leading to negotiated course-work later on.  You will produce a Personal Investigation (60%) which includes an extended written critical and contextual analysis of the work of other artists or designers.

The Externally Set Assignment (40%) consists of twelve visual and written starting points that are prepared by the examining body (Eduqas). You will start your preparation for this in the February of the second year and produce your final work in 15 hours (normally three days) under controlled conditions in the studio.
Both elements are internally assessed and externally moderated.

Future opportunities

There is a wide range of careers that are related to this course. It is ideal for students interested in pursuing careers in:
• Architecture
• Automotive design (Car styling)
• Product design
• 3D design
• Jewellery design
• Model-making
• Theatrical/stage design
• Industrial design
• Interior design
• Furniture design
• Sculpture
Many of our students pursue Higher Education after completing the course, studying on Art Foundation courses or Design at Degree level. If you have a specific career in mind check entry requirements carefully before choosing courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cirencester College directly.

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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