Full Time

3D Design: Product Design (A Level)


A Level


Level 3

Course Summary

A Level Pathways

Our A Level subjects are clustered into pathways - you should choose and follow a specific A Level pathway, taking subjects from the core and additional choices listed.

Product Design (3D Design) features within the following A Level pathways as a CORE subject: Design and Media

It is included within the following A Level pathways as an ADDITIONAL subject: Creative Arts; Design and Media; Engineering; STEM and Healthcare

(Other options may also be available, depending on timetabling)

This is a highly practical course which allows you to follow a broad and balanced study of 3D Design. You will follow an exciting and varied programme of work using a variety of techniques, processes and equipment in order to explore product and 3D design.


It can help you to get in to a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, HND Textiles, and a degree in any art and design specialism. It can also lead you into a range of careers, including product designer, industrial design, jewellery designer, specialist crafts, 3D design, architect, AR MR & VR digital asset creator, interior design, costume design etc.

Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for an A Level programme of study, you will need to obtain a minimum of five GCSEs at a grade 4/C or above. Specific entry requirements for this course are detailed below.

You should have a minimum grade 4 or GCSE grade C or above in GCSE English Language, and preferably in an art or DT subject. If you haven’t taken any art subjects at GCSE, you should have a portfolio, or examples of work you have done. We can then advise you on your suitability for the A Level course. You must have real enthusiasm for art and design, and a high level of commitment and curiosity is essential.

*Please note that these entry grades requirements may differ to those published in the 2020 prospectus. Grade requirements as detailed here and on the website should always be used as the most accurate and up to date ones.

Course Contents

Year 1 - Developmental Period: In the first term of the course, you will produce practical responses based on the work of other artists, themes, and learn new skills with media, materials, techniques and processes. The work will be assessed internally and elements can be used in your externally set task if required.

Year 1- Externally Set Task. The set task is issued from the 1st of February where you will respond to set questions in your preferred art discipline. The unit finishes with a 15 hour controlled test where students can realise their outcome. This course has one unit for assessment in the first year.

The Externally Set Task is worth 100% of the first year mark.

2nd Year - Unit 1: Personal Practical Investigation: Building on the skills you developed in the first year you will produce a personal response to a set theme/scenario/brief within your chosen subject specialism focusing on an area of interest or strength displayed from the first year.

2nd Year - Unit 1: Personal Written Response: Students are required to produce a written response which relates to their personal practical investigation – it can take the form of a written essay, magazine etc.

The Personal Practical Investigation and Written Response are worth 60% of the A Level mark.

2nd Year - Unit 2: Externally Set Task: Students independently develop ideas to a series of set questions. A body of work is developed through sustained, insightful and focused investigations resulting in a 15 hour controlled outcome.

The Externally Set Test is worth 40% of the overall A Level mark.

**A minimum grade requirement of D is required in order for students to progress.

Work Experience

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills e.g. live client briefs, competitions, exhibitions, visiting speakers etc. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies our Employability Team can help you.

Timings and Assessments

The normal College allocation for an A Level course is a maximum of five hours a week, although you should spend additional private study time in the art studios, library and open learning centre. Support sessions are also available in the Art department and open studio access to support your personal development.


There are good class room facilities for study with access to a well-stocked library. All lessons and resources are available for students to access online via the college virtual learning environment. There are excellent studio facilities for drawing and painting with regular access to life models, animation, graphic design, illustration, product design, laser cutting and technology room, print and weave, textiles and fashion, art history and photography including darkroom and digital suites.

Costs and Resources

This course is free to students aged 16-18 years. You will be asked to contribute £40 towards additional studio costs which are supplied to enhance and progress your development as a creative. This payment is made at the beginning of the course. This contribution assists with exhibition costs, select & present, subsidised trips, extra specialist consumables etc. You will also be asked to pay for the materials you use for your final responses during the externally set tests and personal investigations. There are also art sales during term 1 and 2 and some materials can be purchased through the College technicians. Students will be required to have a small art kit available in order to work independently at college and at home. Kit lists are made available to students once they start the course.


For more information about this subject, including work which you may wish to do in preparation, please contact:

Daniel Hazelton Course Co-ordinator for 3D Design. Daniel.hazelton@newcollege.ac.uk

Karen Pau Arts Project coordinator for general enquiries about all Art courses we offer; karen.pau@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk

Further Information

All A level students will be issued with holiday projects to prepare them for their studies in September. All A Level students are encouraged to take an NCFE L2 Award/Certificate in Creative Craft alongside their subject specialism to enhance their skills, develop their portfolio for university/work, learn new skills and give them access to extra time and resources. Course are available in the following subjects; Fashion and Dressmaking, Embroidery and Surface Decoration, Animation, Model Making, Graphic Design, Media Make Up, Drawing & Painting, Life Drawing and Photography (see information sheet NC699).

We organise regular trips to major galleries, museums, art events and exciting location work. Students work will be exhibited annually in June at the end of year showcase and fashion shows.

  • Venue: QD
  • Course Code: NC190
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