The 3D Design course at Loreto allows students to be imaginative and expressive with their ideas and designs in both 2dimensional and 3dimensional form. Creativity is encouraged through experimentation with materials such as wood, wire, paper and clay and learning a wide range of techniques. Students have gone on from 3D to study architecture, product design, interior design and transport design at various universities.
Percentage of total AS mark: 60%
Method of assessment: Coursework internally assessed and externally moderated. All the work produced for this unit will be marked as a whole. This unit is set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA by visit to the centre. Visits will normally take place in May/June.
Students will explore drawing techniques using a range of methods and media on a variety of scales. This is done through appreciation of solid, void, form, shape, texture, colour, decoration, surface treatment, scale, proportion, rhythm and movement in their chosen media. All students will be expected to keep sketchbooks / journals to show the transition from two dimensional to three dimensional design. Students will use a variety of appropriate tools and equipment for construction and assembling purposes. Students will also respond to images and artefacts that relate to the social, environmental, cultural and / or ethical contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created.
Percentage of total AS mark: 40%
Method of assessment: Externally set coursework and a practical supervised period of 5 hours. All the work produced for this unit will be marked as a whole. This unit is set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA by visit to the centre. Visits will normally take place in May/June.
Five separate questions will be set for three dimensional design and one of these is to be chosen by the student as a starting point for the externally set assignment. The question papers will be distributed at the beginning of February. This unit is about developing ideas and the application of the skills acquired in the coursework portfolio unit. The externally set assignment will be presented on mounted sheets as well as work in sketchbooks. Maquettes and models can be produced as support work in this unit.
We would recommend that candidates should have acquired the skills and knowledge associated with achieving a grade C or above at GCSE Art and Design, Craft Design Technology, Graphics, Product Design and Resistant Materials course. It must be emphasised that this is not a requirement, but is desirable. Students wishing to apply for the course without this qualification will be considered, but must bring a portfolio of current work to their interview and be seen by the head of the department.
A level students are able to pursue a unit of work based on their own interest in the subject. This allows them to focus on more independent work and build a portfolio of work that is relevant to their chosen area of study for the future.
Students have said about the Three Dimensional Design course:
“It is a learning experience and teaches you many skills.”
“It is different from most other courses.”
“It is fun!”
“It allows you to be creative, it’s challenging but also fun.”
Many students who study Three Dimensional Design progress on to study architecture at university. This subject, linked with the Art Craft and Design, also gives students the opportunity to progress onto various design courses such as Furniture Design, Product Design, Industrial Design and Ceramics. However, the skills learnt in this subject complement many of the college courses, including Media Studies and Drama. Students planning to go on and specialise in Architecture at university may also choose to study Maths or Physics A level.