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Level 3 3D Design

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in 3D Design is a two year course that consists of two year long projects.

The qualification is a Level 3 qualification and is regarded as an equivalent to A-Levels by art and design colleges and universities.

A BTEC Level 3 3D design qualification provides a progression route to programs in Higher Education such as BTEC Higher Nationals or related Degree programmes in the creative arts as well as producing portfolios of work suitable for employment or apprenticeship placements within the creative industry.

Universities highly regard the combination of other subjects in Art and Design such as for example Critical and Contextual studies if you decide to take a creative route.

Course Content

The Portfolio Project

After the first half term students will begin a self- directed one year project in their specialist area of their choice. Students are able to design the project focus and brief. The project demands that students write to a high standard; conducting focused research, identifying and discussing core theories, in depth analysis of the work of others and that they are able to fully justify and contextualise their own design work. The project also requires students to experiment with a wide range of specialist materials, techniques and processes and develop their practical skills to a high quality.

The Essay

Students will write an essay that discusses the key theory content of their project. The essay will analyse the work of others, highlight key specialist concepts and also discuss their own work. The essay will be published as a book. Again it is crucial that students are able to write to a high standard.

The Exam Project

The exam project starts from an exam paper released in February of the second year of the course from which students are able to select a starting point. This may be a word that becomes a theme or a specific design brief. The project lasts two months and culminates with a formal exam in April in which students will produce the final outcomes for the exam project.

Students can choose to work in any 3D design specialism including; architecture, lighting, product design, furniture design, jewellery design, ceramics, sculpture/ site specific art, interior design, automotive design, process design, material design, and many more.

During the course students will have the opportunity to work with professional 3D designers, attend industry shows, exhibitions and lectures as well as the opportunity to join the student enterprise scheme which encourages and trains students to develop commercial/industry practice.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs grade 9-4, including English. 
GCSE Art is desirable but not essential.

Students should convey their interest and ability level through a portfolio of their work. 


Possible career options

Architecture, Interior Design, Product, Furniture, Lighting, Design Engineering and Industrial Design.