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3D Design

Why study Materials Technology?

  • Three-Dimensional Design is defined here as the design, prototyping and modelling or making of primarily functional and aesthetic consumer products, objects and environments.

  • Learners must explore, acquire and develop skills, knowledge and understanding through
    the application of techniques and processes specific to their chosen area(s) of study of Three- Dimensional Design.

  • Learners must explore practical and relevant critical and contextual sources such as the work of historical and contemporary three-dimensional designers and the different purposes, intentions and functions of three-dimensional design as appropriate to their own work.

  • Learners must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and understanding through area(s) of study relevant to Three-Dimensional Design.

What will I learn?


Learners must demonstrate the ability to work creatively with processes and techniques appropriate to the chosen area(s) of study such as: computer-aided design, model making, prototyping, constructing, assembling. An understanding of the relationship between form and function is essential.


  • Learners are required to demonstrate the knowledge:
  • Researching
  • Designing and developing
  • Making, Evaluating.

How will I be assessed?

The GCSE (9–1) has TWO components:

Learners should produce:

Component 01: Portfolio

A portfolio of practical work showing their personal response to either a centre or learner set starting point, brief, scenario or stimulus.

The portfolio is 60% of your overall grade.

Component 02: Externally set task

The early release paper will be issued in January each year and will provide learners with five themes, each with a range of written and visual starting points and stimuli.

A response should be based on one of these options. Worth 40% of your overall grade.

What can I do after I’ve completed the course?

  • Any level 3 Art and Design and Course at College
  • Apprenticeships
  • Following on from college, students have gone on to study applied arts, fine art, graphics, illustration, fashion/textiles, interior & 3D design, photography and visual communication

For more information please contact Mr Sharp at the Academy on 01384 253722