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3D Design A Level at Aquinas College

Course description

It’s a 3D world!

At Aquinas, we love to develop your skill of creativity and imagination and to encourage you to think about the world that you live in and how you are affected by everyday objects and the environment around you. As a 3D designer you are at the crossroads of a number of skills, and of course, you need creativity, in order to imagine the shape and function of the object but you’ll also need to know about manufacturing processes and a variety of different materials.

Bringing ideas to life

Almost everything that you experience is affected by design: your environment, your homes, the products you use. Good design is at the centre of our lives.  The 3D Design course enables students to explore a wide range of materials and processes to create 3-dimensional outcomes. These can be decorative or functional pieces and students are encouraged to experiment and problem solve. Students are encouraged to become fully involved in the design process and to be open-minded to manipulating new materials. Students will work in a wide variety of materials including paper, card, wood, metal, plastic, glass, clay and wire. Final outcomes may be architectural, lighting, sculpture, furniture, and product design.

Key Features:

  • 3D Design is an innovative course that uses new technology and encourages you to work creatively.
  • The course allows you to experience what it is like to work on real-life design projects developing and manufacturing a product in the workshop for a client which you will then evaluate.
  • Throughout the course, you will take ownership of your project work and learning which will help develop your skills to be an effective designer.
  • You will develop a Portfolio of work which is invaluable when applying for design courses in Higher Education and for taking to interview.
  • Most importantly 3D Design will give you life skills.

Course content

3D Design is a practical course in which you learn by doing, you will be able to create imaginative personal work. You will find out about a whole range of media, techniques and processes. You will develop your creativity and independent thought, learn to express yourself visually and let your imagination flourish in a workshop environment. 3D Design is a great companion to all other subjects as creativity, imagination and problem-solving skills are transferable to your other subjects.


In the first year, you will develop your knowledge, understanding, and skills working with different materials, techniques, and processes in the wood, metal and plastics workshop. This will be done through a series of projects. You will learn to use the tools and machines used in industry including 3D modelling software to create your ideas and the Laser Cutter to manufacture.


The second year of the A-level will comprise of 2 components. In component 1 you will develop work for a personal investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by written material. This will count for 60% of your total A-level marks. In component 2 you will produce personal work in response to one of eight exciting starting points which will count for 40% of your total A-level marks.

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in both GCSE English Language and Maths + 4 grade Cs in other subjects (which could include English Literature grade 4) 

Future opportunities

The intellectual rigour of the activities undertaken during the course will find relevance in many careers and means that it is welcomed by the university, college admission tutors and employers. 3D Design is relevant for you if you are seeking entry into careers such as: Industrial Design, 3D Design, Furniture Design, Product Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Design,  Architect, Jewellery designer, Ceramicist, Landscape architect, Design consultant, Model maker, Exhibition designer, Product designer, Environmental Designer, Teacher, Furniture designer, Toy designer, Interior designer, Set designer, Film and TV set design, Sculpture, and Ergonomics. Earn 35K plus as an experienced Product Designer! Our past students are now Graphic Designers, Product Designers, and Interior Designers and even now work for companies such as Lego in Denmark designing the Lego toys!

3D Design can be taken in combination with any other A Level subjects as it cuts across the subject boundaries between Arts and Sciences. Combinations that work well with 3D Design include both Linear and Modular A Levels in Mathematics, Physics, Environmental Science, Art, Craft and Design, Graphic Communication, Media Studies, Business Studies or Business Applied. These all provide a variety of career prospects.

Further information

During the year we also visit careers events such as the Design Your Future Exhibition for creative students run by UCAS with over 90 Universities in attendance. We also visit the end of year degree shows for Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Salford, Huddersfield University and Stockport College to support you with applications to both University degrees and for an Art Foundation Course.

Throughout the year Universities visit the subject to give both talks and workshops on related courses. Local businesses also give career talks and advice these include various Fashion Designers and Buyers including Henri Lloyd Sportswear, Interior Designers and Architects from Alison Pike Partnerships and Jennings Design Associates.

We also offer international visits to various places including Barcelona and London, enabling you to view examples of art and design from other cultures and visits to major companies, design museums and galleries.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 September 2017
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