Course Entry Requirements

Any Art & Design GCSE Grade 4 or a Technology GCSE Grade 4 including; Resistant Materials, Product Design, Graphic Products, Textiles or equivalent. If you haven’t studied Art, no problem, just come and speak to one of the tutors about the A Level 3D design course.


The 3D Design A Level course enables students to explore a wide range of materials and processes to create 3-dimensional outcomes. You will become fully involved in the design process, experimenting and problem solving.  You will be able to research, record and annotate from a wide variety of materials including paper, card, wood, metal, glass, plaster, clay and wire. Outcomes include architectural, lighting, body adornment, sculpture, furniture, set design, product design and 3D design.

What the course involves

  • Exploring materials hands on, refining your practice and developing skills
  • Using Adobe Creative Suite and SketchUp to present ideas and outcomes
  • Developing a portfolio ready for the creative industries
  • Working with external agencies on live briefs
  • Specialising for your Personal Investigation coursework in Year two


  • Component 1: Personal Investigation (60%)
  • Component 2: Externally set assignment (40%)

Course Support

  • 1:1 tutorials
  • Help to develop your professional portfolio
  • Mock interview practice
  • High Achievers+ activities

Enrichment Activities

  • Trips and visits
  • Opportunities to meet industry professionals
  • Talks from alumni students and guest speakers


This course leads to higher level university study or careers in a wide range of areas. Some students also progress to the UAL Art Foundation course at Carmel. Some progression examples include: Glasgow School of Art-Silversmithing, Huddersfield University-Architecture, Manchester Met. University-3D Design, Northumbria University-Product Design, Leeds Beckett-Interior Architecture & Design, Salford University-Interior Design.

Career Opportunities

This course leads to a wide range of career options including Architecture, Interior/spatial design, 3-dimensional design, Product design, Exhibition design, Design for television, Stage and film, Silversmithing, Model making, Environmental design, Sculpture, Furniture design, Transport design, Ceramics, Glass


Click the video below to see Architectural Model Making from our Lower Sixth students.

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More Information

3D Design Course Leaflet

Exam Board Course Specification

3D and Photography students visit Liverpool

3D Design Students Design Theatre Props

RJG Architecture inspire our 3D Design students!

What Our Students Say

I chose 3D Design because I enjoyed art in school and still wanted to do something artistic but without having to be amazing at drawing and painting. I enjoy it because I’m allowed to have creative control and independence. I would recommend this subject to anyone who is creative and enjoys making things, drawing or doing
digital work. I have been impressed by the wealth of techniques we are taught and the facilities and materials offered to us.After Carmel, I am hoping to study Interior Architecture at Liverpool John Moores University.

Photo of 3D Design student