Level 5

3D Design


1 year


Rush Green Campus


Sep 2023


Adult 19+
Higher Education


3D design

This career-focused course with access to state-of-the-art equipment will give you a strong understanding of the design process and enable you to develop an impressive portfolio of work.

You'll complete industry-based projects, helping you build relationships with employers, and cover a range of 3D design subject disciplines, with the option to specialise in your chosen area of study, including:

  • Product / Furniture Design
  • Interior Design
  • Model Making and CAD

Successful completion will provide you a route on to University or to study a specific area of 3D Design at Level 6, or directly into employment.

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the design process and learn how this can be applied to commercial design projects. You will also understand how creative thinking can be used as a powerful tool in business.

With the ever-increasing demand for STEM related subjects and digital skills linked to industry 4.0, both the Cert HE and Dip HE programmes in 3D Design offer a highly valued qualification and value for money (in part reflected in the quality of resources offered and the lower comparable tuition fee to Universities).

This course is designed to give you the opportunity to:

  • Provide an educational and creative framework that enables you to develop a comprehensive portfolio of work which reflects a chosen subject discipline within 3D Design (such as product or interior design).
  • Progress with 240 Credits (which includes 120 credits at Level 4) to Level 6 at University and/or employment.
  • Explore existing and new fabrication techniques which you will use to design for potential users in an array of diverse scenarios.
  • Learn many types of analogue and digital representation techniques as well as a theoretical and historical context that will prepare you for University progression at Level 6 and/or employment.
  • Experience professional practice and gain a solid understanding of the processes, practices and expectations of specific subject areas within 3D Design learning from office mentors and completing ‘live projects’ to further increase your access to the design industry.

Download the full course specification

The 2023/24 Student Handbook will be available soon.

Additional costs

All students will be required to purchase a basic list of art materials and equipment for the academic year (approximately £50).

Students will be expected to cover their own costs for travelling to galleries and exhibitions in London which are scheduled at least once per term. There will also be the opportunity to engage in at least one overseas field trip per academic year. The cost of this will depend on the location and nature of the trip, however, most visits within the EU will be approx. £500 (NB: attending overseas trips is not a compulsory requirement of the programme delivery).

All the course modules are assessed at the end of each semester. Although each module is assessed separately against specific learning outcomes and criteria, the assessed work fits together in the form of an overarching academic portfolio.

Design studio work is assessed within a design portfolio and supporting studies are normally assessed in the form of a bound report or within the portfolio, although there are opportunities to assess more on-line and multi-media submissions as appropriate. There are no closed book examinations.

The course fosters a culture of continuous production and feedback at all levels.

Formative feedback is given at tutorials and at critiques, summative feedback is given through portfolio reviews and following the end of each semester.

The entry requirements required for the Diploma in Higher Education in 3D Design are:

  • CertHE in 3D Design
  • Grade 4 or equivalent in GCSE English and Maths
  • Mature entry with Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
  • If you haven't got these you can still apply if you have a strong portfolio of work or relevant work experience. At the interview, you'll need to show your portfolio.

Programme Leader Mathew Brown studied Product Design at Ravensbourne, before completing his MA at Kingston University. He's worked as an educator and practitioner since the late 90s, including as a senior lecturer at UCA, and at UEL (where he still also works). Mathew has also designed and manufactured his own range of interior accessory products, supplying them to The Conran Shop and John Lewis. He continues to develop his own professional work and research opportunities. Mathew is currently working towards a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

There are excellent chances to work for external clients on 'live' briefs throughout the course, develop industry links and to compete in high profiled student design competitions such as the Royal Society of Arts (RSA)

Completing the course sets students up for a career in the design industry - or to study 3D Design or related subjects at Level 6.

Apply for this course on UCAS

The UCAS code for this course is W514. You will need to reference this code on the UCAS website when you submit your application.

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Where it can lead to
Career progression

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

Contact our careers team for further guidance.