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GCSE 3D Design

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GCSE 3-Dimensional Design 

Product Design and/or Jewellery and Body Adornment

Type of subject: Creative, practical, technical,


Examples of topics studied:

Three-dimensional design is the design, prototyping and modelling or making of primarily functional and aesthetic products and objects, using intellectual, creative and practical skills. This exciting course will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in a creative world.


What will you be doing?

Students must develop and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills to produce their own ideas in three-dimensions. Your focus area will be Product Design and/or Jewellery and Body Adornment.

You will be:

  • developing ideas through investigations
  • exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • recording ideas through drawing and modelling
  • presenting your final ideas in a 3-Dimensional form
  • using model making, constructing, surface treatment and assembling
  • using media and materials, such as drawing materials, clay, wood, metal, plaster, plastic, found materials.

How will this course be assessed?

AQA GCSE 3D Design

Component 1: A portfolio of 3D practical work showing a personal response to a chosen theme. This would include a visit and /or working with an artist.

Component 2: Externally Set Task is an early release paper issued at the beginning of January each year and will provide learners with six themes. Students respond to one of the questions and will create a range of design ideas, practical outcomes and techniques and a final piece.

Portfolio unit 60% Set task 40%


Additional information:

The diversity of this course means it can lead to a career in the creative industries. This could be as a designer for theatre, film and industries, education, product designer, product manufacturer, stylist, materials engineer, production manager, jeweller, furniture designer.


Who should I talk to if I want to ask about this subject?

Mrs Y Moore (Head of Faculty