Level 3 National Extended Diploma in

Art and Design (3D Design)

If you’re interested in developing your knowledge and understanding of visual communication and the design process, this course will encourage you to find your own creative approach.

You will study influential designers as well as produce a portfolio of work to support progression onto higher education.

As well as completing project work which is inspired by nature and the environment, optional modules are available to help you enhance your 3D design skills.

Course includes

What will I study?

  • Visual recording
  • Materials, techniques and processes
  • Ideas and concepts
  • Communication through art and design
  • Contextual influences
  • Design methods
  • Design principles
  • Computers in art and design
  • 3D design media, techniques and technology
  • Exploring specialist techniques
  • Extending specialist techniques
  • Large scale working
  • Large scale design
  • Human scale working
  • Human scale design
  • Small scale working
  • Small scale design
  • Product design
  • Public art
  • Management of art and design projects
  • Developing business models
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 2 years

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Designer-maker
  • Contemporary craft artist
  • Interior and spatial designer
  • Furniture designer-maker

Transferable skills

  • Design ability is recognised by businesses across a range of sectors as an important component for innovation, productivity and growth
  • Design skills that are increasingly valued include creativity, flexibility and adaptability, communication and negotiating skills and management and leadership skills as well as collaborative working and project building
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2017 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.


Our college buses pick up over 1,000 students each day from a wide area. The cost of daily transport is subsidised if travelling on the College bus service. To find out the cost of transport and a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

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