Three Dimensional Design

This course will give students the freedom to study a GCSE subject in ways that inspires and brings out the best in their abilities, whilst equipping them with the skills to continue the subject with confidence at AS, A-level and beyond. The flexibility of the way that this course is run means students can tailor their studies to their interests and personal strengths.

Three-dimensional design is defined here as the design, prototyping and modelling or making of functional and aesthetic products, objects, and environments, drawing upon intellectual, creative and practical skills.

In Component 1 and Component 2 students are required to work in one or more area(s) of three-dimensional design: architectural design, sculpture, ceramics, product design, jewellery and body adornment, interior design, environmental/landscape/garden design, exhibition design and 3D digital design.

Within the context of three-dimensional design, students must demonstrate the ability to use three-dimensional techniques and processes, appropriate to students’ personal intentions when model making, constructing, assembling and modelling.

Students will develop and apply the relevant knowledge, understanding and skills they need to realise their personal intentions relevant to Three Dimensional Design and they must demonstrate the ability to use relevant techniques and processes: They are expected to use media and materials, as appropriate to students’ personal intentions: drawing materials, clay, wood, plaster, plastic and found materials.


Why should you choose this course?

If you enjoy developing your visual skills being creative, enthusiastic and imaginative visits to galleries, museums, workshops and studios experimenting and taking risks with your work then our GCSE Three Dimensional Design course is the ideal course for you.


What will you study as part of this course?

The GCSE in Three Dimensional Design is made up of two components, portfolio work and the final exam.

Component 1: Portfolio worth 60% - Internally set and internally marked.

The portfolio work will be created in years 9, 10 and the first term of year 11. You will work on a range of projects and at the end of year 11 you will select your best work and submit this for marking. The portfolio mark will account for 60% of your final grade.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment worth 40% - Externally set theme and internally marked. Assessed through 20 hours preparatory time and a 10 hour controlled assignment.

The final exam will be 10 hours, spread over a period of time and sat at the end of year 11. You will have from the beginning of January to prepare for the exam and complete all your preparation work. You will be given a range of themes/ words by the exam board and you will have to select and investigate one of these for your exam work.

How is the course assessed?

Each component is assessed separately out of 96 marks. All of your work will be marked according to how well you have met the 4 assessment objectives of developing Ideas, reviewing/experimenting, recording and presenting.


Assessment Objective 1 - Developing Ideas

You must develop your ideas for your projects by investigating various artists or designers.

You must analyse and annotate your designs with your thoughts and opinions.

Always link your ideas back to your original research.

Assessment Objective 2 - Reviewing/Experimenting

You must show that you can explore and refine your ideas through experimentation.

You should select different techniques, process, methods, resources, media and materials.

It should be clear how you are developing your ideas and that you are improving your work as you go.

Assessment Objective 3 - Recording

You can record your ideas, observations and insights in visual, written and other forms.

You should work from a range of experiences and stimulus materials.

You must talk and describe your work; what you have achieved at each stage and what you will do next.

Assessment Objective 4 - Presenting

You must present a personal, informed and meaningful response to a brief.

You should demonstrate analytical and critical understanding throughout.

You must present the culmination of your journey in a finished piece or pieces.

What qualifications could you achieve?

A GCSE qualification in Three Dimensional Design graded between 0 -9.

What further career options and pathways are available to you after this course?

On completion of a GCSE course in Three Dimensional Design, you could progress to further education in Design Technology, Art, Product Design.