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3D Design

Our 3D Design curriculum is concerned with the designing, prototyping, modelling and making of functional and aesthetic products. Pupils engage with appropriate processes, materials and construction techniques, using maquettes, models and working drawings to help take their initial drawings through to realisation. Pupils learn to select and apply a range of materials and processes to create 3D work.  They understand how to recycle materials and are taught about the value of sustainability and ethical and ecologically sound lifestyles.

Our curriculum aims to develop: 

  • Pupils’ knowledge about the history of design including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day
  • Confidence in using a range of techniques to record observations as a basis for exploring creative work
  • Pupils’ proficiency in drawing, understanding materials and design processes to create a final outcome
  • Critical understanding of designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform pupils own work
  • Confidence in analysing and evaluating pupils own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact of work
  • Pupils’ knowledge of textile properties and characteristics
  • Pupils’ understanding of the issues which influence the design industry and consumers

Five Year Plan



Key Stage Four

GCSE 3D Design
Exam board Edexcel Course code 1TD0
Examined by

Two folders are created throughout the course, a coursework folder and an examination folder. The coursework folder is developed throughout Year 10 and one term of Year 11 and constitutes 60% of the overall grade.

The examination folder is started in the Spring term of Year 11 and follows a theme given by the examination board; the folder constitutes 40% of the final grade and culminates in a practical examination held over a period of ten hours. Both folders contain an investigation of the artwork by established artists and artwork produced by the student.

Students must also produce written work exploring the theme, analysing artwork and explaining their personal response to the project.

Key topics taught
  • Drawing from first hand and second hand sources using a range of mark making techniques
  • Experimentation with a wide range of 3D materials and techniques, including clay, cardboard, Modroc and glass
  • Development of planning and construction skills with an emphasis upon use of materials and an understanding of structure
  • The study of key themes in Art, for example, portraiture and architecture exploring these themes within the contexts of culture, history and contemporary practice

The course consists of 60% coursework and 40% externally set assignment. Each component of the examination consists of four assessment objectives.

Assessment Objective 1 is concerned with developing student's awareness of Critical and Contextual studies. A range of established Artists and contemporary artists are studied throughout the two-year course. Work is produced visually with supporting text.

Assessment Objective 2 is concerned with developing student's understanding about ideas and the uses of different materials. They are encouraged to use a wide variety of materials with confidence.

Assessment Objective 3 is concerned with developing students recording skills. We encourage all students to record from a range of experiences.

Assessment Objective 4 is concerned with final outcome.