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3D Design BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Luton Sixth Form College

Course description

This course is about developing your skills and understanding as a 3D Designer. It is intended for the learner who wants to specialise in this area and wish to gain specialist knowledge of 3D design to prepare for a career in architecture, interior design furniture or product design. There is a strong practical emphasis throughout, and assignments will often be related to the world of work and the commercial context.

The course is the equivalent of one A level, and you should take other subjects to make up a complete programme, with the possibility of taking an extra Art subject at AS or BTEC level, to broaden your experience.

Course content

Unit 1 Visual Recording - This unit is about developing learners’ visual recording skills as an exploratory tool in communicating different ideas. Learning to observe and select visual information from the world around them forms a vital part of this unit. Learners will use primary sources to work from direct observation, developing their skill and understanding, to communicate and express 3D ideas.

Unit 2 Materials, Techniques and Processes – This unit enables learners to explore, experiment with and understand the use of specialist materials, techniques and processes within 3D Design. They should demonstrate their skills and understanding in both the developmental work and the production of finished work.

Unit 3 Ideas and Concepts – This unit introduces learners to the skills used to develop and express ideas and concepts. It involves both group work and the generation of individual ideas. It includes study of the context in which the ideas must ‘work’. Learners will learn how to select and apply their ideas in practical three dimensional outcomes.

Unit 4 Communication through Art & Design- The unit will enable learners to develop their understanding of how to communicate different meanings and messages, through the manipulation of formal elements in 3D or as a means of creating a range of products or artifacts for different purposes.

SPECIALIST UNITS - you will study a further TWO specialist 3D Design units selected to meet the needs of the class, from a list that includes, Human scale working, Small scale working and Large scale working.

Entry requirements

To start a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma you need to meet the general college entry requirements. In addition you must have GCSE Art grade C , Design Technology C OR BTEC Art & Design Level 2 Diploma at merit or above and GCSE English grade D. A passion and interest for 3D Design is essential. The College provides some of the basic materials that you will require for this course. However, you will need to purchase an art kit with all the essentials you will need to work in lessons and at home.

Future opportunities

Many students at the College choose to pursue the study of Art & Design at a higher level; there are two main pathways available: Art Diploma (Foundation) or Direct Entry into Higher Education: The course is Ideal for those students who are certain of their career destination can apply through this route. The course also provides skills that can be transferable into creative industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Luton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years