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3D Design (Architecture) AS and A Level at Portsmouth College

Course description

Architecture is the process of designing buildings and other structures, taking into account form, function and wider environmental factors.  In addition to specific skills in architectural design you will also develop confidence in creative thinking, graphic design, aesthetic appreciation, use of relevant software and presentational skills.

Course content

You will explore modern architectural design through detailed study of innovative buildings from around the world.  Examples locally include the Shard and the Gherkin in London and the IBM Pilot Office in Cosham, one of Sir Norman Foster’s earliest designs.  You will learn how to sketch, draw and take photographs for concept and construction, and how to work with ‘Sketch-up, the appropriate design software.  In addition you will develop skills in the use of mood and work boards, and working with typography, colour palettes, surfaces and textures. 

Entry requirements

You would normally be expected to have at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English Language), some at grade B or above. Level 2 BTEC or OCR National qualifications (at Merit grade or higher) would be a useful addition but cannot be used instead of the basic GCSE requirement.


Assessment is through coursework and practical projects, often presented through your on-line digital portfolio.  Many projects involve a significant proportion of written work.

Future opportunities

Recent students of Creative Arts subjects have participated in the New Creatives Exhibition at Portsmouth University, contributed to architectural and branding design briefs for the College and won challenging design competitions for commercial organisations.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 July 2016
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