A level 3D DesignBack
Exam Board: EDEXCEL
What is the course about?
This is an art and design-based A level that specialises in three-dimensional design and media including model-making, architecture, products and other three-dimensional art techniques including the use of a workshop. In addition to this, students learn to use many different drawing skills and present their work in a sketchbook.
DURATION OF COURSE:
This course is a two-year linear A level. Grading is through internal assessment and external moderation.
WHAT UNITS/TOPICS WILL BE STUDIED?
The course comprises 60% coursework and 40% externally set task. The first year involves short projects and workshops exploring key movements in architecture, lighting and styles. This is followed by the first phase of the personal investigation. In the second year there are two assessed components: ‘Personal Investigation’ in which students specialise in their chosen area of 3D Design and write a supporting essay and ‘Externally Set Task’ where students will choose from a range of given themes and create a project, this includes a timed practical examination.
WHAT DO I NEED TO STUDY THIS SUBJECT?
G Score: 34
GCSE English: 4
GCSE Art or Technology (resistant materials): 5
A general enthusiasm for the visual arts and a commitment to making practical artwork through lessons and independent practice.
Students who have not studied art and design at GCSE can present a small portfolio of their work at interview/ enrolment which will be taken into consideration.
WHAT CAN I DO TO PREPARE MYSELF TO STUDY THIS SUBJECT?
Visit museums and galleries in central London as well as some of the iconic architecture in the city. Identify which London buildings do you love or hate and who designed them? Identify your favourite architect or designer through books and websites - 50 Architects You Should Know by Isabel Kuhl, Kristina Lowis, Sabine Thiel-Siling (ISBN: 9783791340432). 50 Designers You Should Know by Claudia Hellman, Nina Kozel, Hajo Duchting (ISBN: 9783791347202)
WHERE CAN THIS LEAD ME?
Students often progress onto a Foundation Diploma course in art and design or directly onto a degree in a range of art-based or other subjects. Careers in 3D Design include: Architect, Surveyor, Model-maker, Architectural technician, Product Designer, Advertising, Creative direction, Stage or Theatre Designer, Film.
WHAT ARE THE ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES AS PART OF THIS SUBJECT?
There are many visits to galleries, museums, degree shows and workshops. You will also have the opportunity to enter competitions on a local and national level.