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Three Dimensional Design (Product Design) at Exeter College

Course description

This is an Art & Design course focusing on 3-Dimensional, functional outcomes.

This course will develop students’ capacity to design and make objects and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, and making. 3D Design calls for creativity and visual exploration and there will be a focus on drawing and developing ideas as well as producing models and final pieces. Students will participate in a range of activities including practical workshops, team projects and theoretical study. Research and presentation skills will be developed throughout.

Course content

The year starts with several short projects on different themes, using various materials including wood, metal, plastics, ceramics and plaster. Themes may include jewellery, furniture, tableware and architecture. An extended project follows, where the student decides on the theme, develops ideas, selects appropriate materials and produces a 3D outcome. The extended project will form the majority of the final submission.

Candidates will undertake self-directed research to inform their studies and will use the Design Cycle to generate and refine work. Health and safety is promoted at all times when completing practical tasks.

Entry requirements

You will need at least five GCSEs at Grade C or above and three GCSEs at grade D or above, or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Merit grade. You must have Art & Design GCSE Grade C or above or Design Technology GCSE Grade C or above, English Language and Maths at C Grade (or Level 2 equivalent) and a Science GCSE at Grade C or above. Internal applicants will also need a reference from your former tutor.


 The course is assessed as one coursework unit.

Future opportunities

Career possibilities include: product design, architecture, ceramic design, furniture design, interior design or a career in 3D crafts. This course is currently being run as a stand alone AS Level course but students may be given the opportunity to continue on to A Level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 January 2016
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