Level 5

3D Design (FdA)


1 year


Rush Green


Sep 2021


Adult 19+
Higher Education


3D design

A career-focused course with access to state-of-the-art equipment. Helps students gain a strong understanding of the design process and develop an impressive portfolio of work.

Industry-based project requirements help build relationships with employers - and successful completion provides a route on to University or to study a specfic area of 3D Design.

Download the programme specification for this course.

The course is made up of 8 modules. The first year covers:

  • Foundation Skills for 3D Design
  • Contextual Studies for 3D Design
  • Design Methods & Principles
  • Materials, Processes & Manufacturing

And in the second year you'll study:

  • Professional Development
  • Contemporary Studies in 3D Design
  • Professional Engagement & Employability Skills
  • Final Major Project

Although grading is on coursework, there'll be regular assessments by tutors. Tutorials will take place throughout the year. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to national student design competitions such as the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Awards.

There are chances to go abroad each year to destinations like Barcelona, Berlin and New York!

You'll ideally need 120 UCAS points (a BTEC Extended Diploma pass or 2 A-Levels at grade D or above), but if you haven't got these you can still apply if you have a strong portfolio of work. Ideally you'll also have GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above. At interview you'll need to show your portfolio.

Programme Leader Mathew Brown studied Product Design at Ravensbourne, before completing his MA at Kingston University. He's worked as an educator and practitioner since the late 90s, including as a senior lecturer at UCA, and at UEL (where he still also works). Mathew has also designed and manufactured his own range of interior accessory products, supplying them to The Conran Shop and John Lewis. He continues to develop his own professional work and research opportunities.

There are chances to work for external clients on 'live' briefs throughout the course.

In year 2 a 'professional engagement' work-based project is a requirement. This can lead to a paid internship or even a full-time job after the course…

Completing the course sets students up for a career in the design industry - or to study 3D Design or related subjects at university.

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Where it can lead to

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

Contact our careers team for further guidance.