3 Dimensional Design A LEVEL

“The design process, at its best, integrates the aspirations of art, science, and culture.”

Course Detail

Three-dimensional design includes a range of art, craft and design practices to meet a specific need with sensitivity to both function and aesthetics. The context for three dimensional design can be found in a wide range of sources; for example, historical collections and museums, contemporary design and craft fairs, the built environment, restoration projects, products, craft items, films, architecture, music, literature and nature.

During this course you will:

  • realise the full potential of your ideas and designs through the application of appropriate technical processes, though outcome(s) are likely to be in the form of prototypes, models and other forms of presentation;
  • incorporate contextual investigation and translation as inspirational starting points for your three-dimensional development work;
  • consider the work of others and use understanding gained to inform the progression of their own personal creativity;
  • understand the appropriate application of a range of design skills, including concept formulation and analysis of a brief, experimentation, evaluation and communication to a range of different audiences;
  • investigate specific areas of a design problem, determine relevant sources of information and use them to research and explore possible solutions.

How will I be assessed?

Towards the end of Year 12 you will select one starting point from a list of themes specified by the exam board and after three weeks of planning and preparation you will sit a 10-hour practical exam in which you develop your ideas into a final piece(s). This practical examination contributes 60% of your AS mark; your personal investigation contributes to the remaining 40% of your mark.

At the end of Year 13, you will be assessed on your personal investigation which will also include a personal study of no less than 1000 words. There will also be a practical examination, similar in format to Year 12 however it will be 15 hours long again contributing to 40% of your final A-Level grade.

Additional Entry Requirements

  • GCSE Art, Textiles or Product Design: 4
  • GCSE Maths: 4
  • GCSE English: 4

These requirements are in addition to the general entry requirements.

All A-Level courses are two year courses. You will sit the AS exams at the end of Year 12 and the A-Level exams at the end of Year 13. Although the AS grade will not count towards your final A-Level grade, you will need at least a grade D at AS to succeed on this course in Year 13.

*You can only study either 3 Dimensional Design, or Textiles or Art and Design at A-Level.

Where can this course take me?

Students can progress from this qualification to:

  • University for a design related course
  • Foundation courses
  • Apprenticeships or other training
  • Employment in a related sector for example, jewellery design, silver-smithing set design, architecture, product and graphic design, engineering and many more.