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3D Design at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study 3D Design?

Do you:

  • Have imagination and an interest in 3D design?
  • Have an ability to visualise ideas on paper?
  • Enjoy working and experimenting with 3D materials such as wood, metal, plastic, glass, clay, wire, to name but a few?
  • Enjoy drawing and researching contemporary designers?

If so, then 3D Design is just the subject for you! Over the past six years there has been a 100% pass rate and in our last inspection, 3D Design gained a Grade 1 classification from Ofsted. Alongside exciting topics such as colour theory, embellishment and observational drawing, you will be able to participate in various visits and trips to exhibitions, such as the Design Museum and Saatchi Gallery in London, along with local trips to Liverpool and Manchester, visiting galleries to look at local architecture, Grand Designs and explore design in its widest sense.

The pass rate for 2018 on this course was 100%, with 75% of students achieving A* - B grades.

What will I study?

3D Design is all about living in a modern world, understanding materials and how these influence design. You will use specialist workshops to explore materials and create three dimensional work using a broad range of materials and techniques.

3D Design is an art based course, where you will have the opportunity to explore techniques such as powder coating, Perspex trapping, wire sculpture and creating sculpture with recycled objects. You will learn how to work to scale from plans and drawings and will use the work of other artists and designers to inspire your own ideas. You will create visual research, through observational drawing from life, as well as taking photographs of inspirational objects from which you will base your designs.

Some of the specialist areas you will study are:

  • Interior Design
  • Architecture and Environmental Design
  • Sculpture
  • Product Design
  • Set Design

Entry requirements

For access to our A Level Programme, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 5 equivalent (5 x Grade 5 or B) in a range of separate subjects.

For 3D Design specifically, this should include a Grade 5 in GCSE Art and Design OR a Grade 5 in Graphic Products/Resistant Materials, however if none of these have been taken, a task is available.


How is the course assessed?

The course is currently assessed by an internal unit of coursework, which counts for 60%, and an external exam, which counts for 40%.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

Employment or higher education in the art and design field. This course allows entry to a wide range of HE courses, depending upon your combination of A Levels.

Where are you going?

  • Architect
  • Artist
  • Jewellery Designer
  • Interior & Spatial Designer
  • Set Designer

Further information

Which subjects complement this A Level?

Designers come from all walks of life and do not necessarily have a specific talent in particular subjects but all the following will help complement this interesting and rewarding A Level:

  • Fine Art
  • Graphics
  • Mathematics
  • Photography
  • Sciences
  • Textiles

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: LADESIG

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