3D Design BTEC HNC (part-time)
This part-time creative qualification is designed to develop your personal identity through the exploration of a wide range of ideas, techniques and materials within 3D design. You will be able to self-direct your personal interests towards the use of metal, plastic and wood to establish skills and knowledge for jewellery design, product design, furniture design and interior design. The course will focus on building both specialist and multi-disciplinary skills, as well as introducing you to a range of contemporary designers and makers.
You will study core and specialist units, with the emphasis on building a creative portfolio that can be used to develop workshop and design skills, as a vehicle for gaining work with a range of prospective employers, or as a possible basis for gaining entrance to a final year on a degree programme. During the course you will be encouraged to develop a highly-individual, ideas-based portfolio, pursuing your specialist interests from theory to materials and techniques. You will engage regularly with live projects and talks, and an impressive track record of engaging with commissions and working with established designers and craftspeople.
To begin this course you will need a Diploma in Foundation Studies Art & Design, OR a National Diploma in Art & Design or 3D Design, OR an equivalent Level 3 qualification, OR relevant professional experience. If you are over 21, you may gain entry to the course subject to a successful interview.
You will study core and specialist units with the emphasis on building a creative portfolio which can be used:
- To develop workshop and design skills
- As a vehicle for gaining work with a range of prospective employers
- As a possible basis for gaining entrance to a final year on a degree programme.
You will be encouraged to develop a highly individual ideas-based portfolio, pursuing your personal specialist interests from theory to materials and techniques. Students engage regularly with 'live projects' and talks, and have an impressive track record of engaging with commissions and working with established designers and craftspeople.
You will study the following core compulsory units:
- Visual communication in art and design
- Ideas generation and development in art and design
- Contextual and cultural referencing in art and design
- Professional practice in art and design.
In addition you will study from a range of specialist units, including:
- Design principles
- Product design
- Design for performing arts
- Specialist 3D technology and processes
- Interior design
- Properties of 3D material
- Product design
- Critical study in art and design
- Professional studies in art and design
- Digital image creation & development.
Some of these units are likely to be combined to form a Final Major Project with unit five, Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation. As the course progresses you will be expected to develop more independence and autonomy, and negotiate a personal learning plan to support your practice.
During the course you will work with a range of specialist lecturers (including practising artists and designers) in well-equipped studios and workshops. Project briefs will be set for each assignment, and you are encouraged to develop a personal response to each task. All activities are supported through one-to-one tutorials and group discussions to inform personal progress and aid assessment. Assessment will be continuous throughout the course, with assignments being graded at the end of each task.
Further study and career options
On successful completion of the HNC, you can progress on to our own 3D Design BTEC HND, or choose to enter employment.
You will need to study six hours per week, Thu-Fri 9.15am-4.30pm. The days and times will depend upon the units you choose study.
- You will need a minimum of £100 per year for materials, dependent on project requirements.
- Resource fee of £75 to cover: Jesmonite, sheet acrylic, timber, sheet/tube/bar brass.
- Train fares for (optional) visits to the Design Museum and Material Lab in London.
Material Lab are run and funded by the UK’s leading tile manufacturer Johnson Tiles. They responded to what the art and design community desired: a place where inspiration and creativity go hand in hand, where you can immerse yourself in surface coverings of every kind no matter what it’s made from. Plastic, leather, vinyl, ceramic, paper, textile, glass… if it’s on the wall or the floor they've got it covered.