Three-dimensional Design (3D Design)

Head of Department: Mrs S Calleja - 

3D Design introduces students to a visual and three dimensional way of conveying information, ideas and emotions, using a range of medium, processes, techniques and elements such as research, drawing, colour, images, photographs, digital modelling and modelling. They should also consider the using flair and imagination when generating product ideas, interior design and architectural design.

Students will also understand that 3D Design practitioners may work within a small team environment or work as freelance practitioners. They may be responsible for a particular aspect of the Design or Production process or for the entire design cycle. They will need good communication skills in order to liaise with clients and to promote themselves as artists or/and designers.

Drawing is essential in 3D Design, from initial design, final drawings, digital drawings and three dimensional outcomes.

Year 11 Course Title: Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Art and Design: Three-dimentional Design

Exam Board & Code: Edexcel 1TD0 Full GCSE Course Specification (PDF)


Component 1: 60% (72 marks) Personal Portfolio (internally set).
Component 2: 40% (72 marks) Externally Set Assignment.

GCSE Course Study Breakdown (Key Stage 4)

Year 9

The theme for Year 9 is Chill-out room where pupils will study interior design.

Term 1:
Students focus on researching and interpreting how calm environments can change our moods and feelings. In particular how exiting designers have brought nature indoors.  Students learn about the features of good interior design such has composition, colour, texture, furniture, products, lighting. 
Terms 2: 
Students look at what makes the ideal chill-out room and use their learning from term 1 to complete a range of creative ideas with some 3D modelling.  They will have the opportunity to develop their observational drawing skills as well as work with a range of different mediums such as paint, pencils, pens, pastels, collage, light modelling materials and ICT.  Towards the end of term 2, students will begin to finalise their design and build a 3D model of their space using mostly light modelling materials. 
Terms 3: Students finalise their 3D model as their final piece. Their design should consider all the influences and learning outcomes from term 1 and 2.

Year 10: Freedom

Throughout Year 10 students work on a project based on ‘Freedom’. All students are encouraged to work independently and develop their own ideas and artistic outcomes based around the theme.  They use lesson and home learning time to complete various tasks in their sketchbook outlined by the teacher each half term. All students are working towards a ten hour (two day) exam at the end of the year, which shows how they have developed both their Art & Design skills for ‘Freedom’.

Year 11:

Term 1: - Mock Exam
This is usually the past exam paper from the previous year. Students use the Edexcel exam paper and plan independent journeys in their sketchbooks to improve their art and design which culminates in a 10 hour exam, where they produce a final piece. 
Term 2: Exam
The Edexcel exam paper is published in January and the students then have Term 2 to create a sketchbook which works towards a two day exam to create a final piece. 
Term 3:

Any remaining time in Year 11 is used to complete unfinished work, improve coursework or complete extension tasks. 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Year 7

Term 1:
Term 1 introduces product design where pupils are taught the basics of 3D modelling, tonal drawings and design development.  Year 7 students look at geometric shapes and develop them into exciting and innovative everyday objects.  They learn the importance of drawing accurately, reviewing their progress and using a range of tones to communicate their ideas.
Term 2:
Term 2 continues with product desigs. Students research other artists and designers who have used nature for inspiration. Students are taught the skills required for modelling and finalising an idea using clay to design and make a tea light inspired by nature.
Term 3:
Students focus on finalising a tea light made out of clay inspired by nature.

Year 8

Term 1: Folding architecture
Students model an idea for a sculptured outdoor pavilion.  Students create their space using card, review the quality of their models and photography skills. Once their model has been finalised they are taught how to develop their idea using various drawing and presentation techniques.
Term 2: Architecture Inspired by Small Objects
Students research and observe small everyday objects and use this as inspiration for designing and modelling an innovative new structure/building/space.  They use the skills learnt from term 1 to finalise an idea ready for modelling.
Term 3:Architecture Inspired by Small Objects (continued)
Continuing from Term 2's theme, students look at working towards a 3D final outcome using light modelling materials.

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