D&T 3D Design

DepartmentDesign and Technology 

Type of Qualification: A Level  

Exam BoardAQA (Art Spec) 

Additional Entry RequirementsGrade 6 at GCSE in DT (ideally Graphics) or Art/a portfolio of work. 

Why study 3D Design? 

The ideal A level 3D Design student has: 

  • A wish to pursue a career in art and design 
  • Would like to continue studying this subject at University or Art School 
  • Would prefer to be assessed with regards to continuous coursework rather than examination. 
  • A passion for design and Architecture/interior design 
  • An enquiring mind 
  • A creative, innovative flair 
  • An ability to recognise the psychology involved when designing products 
  • An interest in historical and contemporary influences 

Course Content 

Through the design process, students produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas of study, for example: Exhibition design, Architectural Design, Environmental Design, Design for Theatre, Interior Design. Students will develop their skills and experience in a selection of the areas throughout Year 12, developing creativity and independence before moving towards their personal investigations in the final term of Year 12. 

60% coursework (component 1) and 40% exam and exam Sketchbook (component 2). 

At A-level in component 1 you will develop work for a personal investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by written material (1000-3000-word essay). 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 (given by AQA on 1st Feb) which will count for 40% of your total A-level marks. Students select one question to explore. Preparatory work is then presented in any suitable format, such as mounted sheets, design sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals, models etc. Following the preparatory period, students must complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time (exam). During this time, students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work. 

Careers in 3D Design 

broad qualification for a wide variety of careers, some obvious ones include: Architect, Exhibition designer, Interior designer, environmental designer, Toy designer, landscape architect, set designer, Model maker, Furniture designer, Teacher, and many more! Courses that follow from this are: Art & Design foundation degree, Graphic Design Degree, Architecture degree, Interior design degree, Product Design Degree, Apprenticeships and many more!