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3D Art and Design


National Diploma (Double Award)
Extended Diploma (Triple Award)


This course is suitable for students who have designs on a creative future that will shape the places and resources we will use in our ever changing world. It will challenge and inspire students as the course is created to have a vocational context including research trips to galleries and exhibitions both in the country and on residential trips abroad, in order to enhance knowledge of a range of various design sectors. The topics covered on both courses provide students with the opportunities to create portfolios that develop and showcase their individual talents and skills in interior design, product design, furniture design and manufacturing, product prototyping, scale model making and 3D computer design, illustration and graphic design.



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Course Outlines

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE Art or Grade C any GCSE DT subject (except Food).

If students have not taken a DT subject at GCSE, then a portfolio of work will be considered.



National Diploma (Double Award)

Units 6 and 7 are externally assessed = 36%

Units 8, 10, 13, 38, 16, 37 & 39 are internally assessed = 64%

Extended Diploma (Triple Award)

Units 1, 2, 6 & 7 are externally assessed = 37.5%

Units 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 13, 38, 16, 24, 37 & 39 are internally assessed = 62.5%


Course Units


Unit 6 & Unit 7 – Externally set design brief
Unit 8 – Freelance design to a brief
Unit 10 – Music festival branding and merchandise
Unit 13 & Unit 38 – MP3 product design
Unit 16 – Chair product design and model for a national attraction
Unit 37 & Unit 39 – Interior design for a local organisation


Double award projects plus:

Unit 1 – Externally set design brief on visual communication
Unit 2 – Externally set written assignment to promote an exhibition of an artist/designer
Unit 3 – Open ‘student set’ brief
Unit 4 – Design a set of limited edition stamps to a theme
Unit 5 – Design skills portfolio
Unit 24 – Graphic Illustration


Future Opportunities

This course provides a good foundation for the study of furniture design, product design, 3d design, interior design, animation, illustration, graphic design and architecture at degree level. Students who have successfully completed this course have gone on to study and pursue careers in these areas.


Further Information

If you have a creative talent for design and enjoy all aspects of design work, from creating ideas to making the final product, then this is the course for you. You need to be self-motivated and independent to be successful on this course, due to the nature of assessment.

We currently run trips to ROKT in Brighouse, the Royal Armouries, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and London. Students also visit degree shows to inspire their creativity and future aspirations.

National Diploma
Graded Distinction*, Distinction, Merit or Pass (D*,D,M,P)

Equates to TWO A Levels e.g (D*=A*, D=A, M=B, P=C)

Extended Diploma
Graded Distinction*, Distinction, Merit or Pass (D*,D,M,P)

Equates to THREE A Levels e.g (D*=A*, D=A, M=B, P=C)