3D Design at Loreto is a two-year art based course which allows students to be creative and expressive with their ideas and designs in both a 2dimensional and 3dimensional form. Projects are devised to help students understand the fundamental process of design through research, design development and final outcomes. Students are encouraged through experimentation with materials such as wood, wire, paper and clay and learning a wide range of techniques.
All techniques and skills are taught through practical demonstrations; therefore no experience of 3D design at GCSE is required, but a GCSE in art, resistant materials, product design or graphics is desirable.
Component 1: Personal Investigation
Learners should produce two elements:
A portfolio of practical work showing their personal response to either a starting point, brief, scenario or stimulus, devised and provided by the learner or centre
A related study: an extended response of a guided minimum of 1000 words.
Percentage of total mark: 60% Method of assessment: (120 marks) non exam assessment (internally assessed and externally moderated)
Component 2: Externally set assignment
Percentage of total mark: 40% Method of assessment: (80 marks) 15 hours non exam assessment (internally assessed and externally moderated)
The early release paper will be issued on 1st February and will provide learners with a number of themes, each with a range of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli.
A response should be based on one of these options.
Who does this subject?
This subject is for students who are considering careers in the following: Architecture – Commercial, Industrial, Landscape and Residential. Engineering – Architectural, Automotive, Civil, Industrial, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Robotics and Structural. Design – Animator, Automotive, Ceramic, Exhibition, Furniture, Jewelry, Industrial, Interior, Product, Prop Maker, Set Design, Theatre Design.
The course is designed to build upon knowledge and skills gained in art-related GCSE courses at grade C or above. Although this is desirable it is not always a requirement; students wishing to apply for the course without this qualification are asked to bring a portfolio of work to enrolment to be considered for the course.
Questionnaires have highlighted their satisfaction with the course and the resources available, and that the course is fun.
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.”
Students often choose to study 3D Design alongside Maths and Physics in order to aid their application to study architecture or engineering at university.
Students may also wish to consider Art and Design, Graphic Communication, Photography or Textiles to develop a strong portfolio for university interviews.
3D Design is a creative subject that is 100% course work. Some students may prefer this method of assessment as it allows work to be completed throughout the year with no written exam at the end.
What makes Loreto’s Three Dimensional Design department unique?
Excellent results; in 2017 80% gained A*-B grades.
Three Dimensional Design has excellent facilities, which allow students to work with a wide range of materials and techniques, and also be able to use various tools and machinery.
3D Design belongs to Loreto’s art department, allowing students the opportunity to participate in the bi-annual gallery trip to New York as well as provide access to other specialist equipment and resources across the department.
The design studio is always open for students to undertake extra work.
Three Dimensional Design has 100% pass rate at A Level, with 80% achieving A*-B grades.
All the students who applied to architectural course over the past 5 years have been accepted on their chosen course.