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Three-dimensional Design is a mainly practical GCSE and is about the designing, prototyping, modelling or making of functional and aesthetic consumer products, interiors and architecture. Students will engage with appropriate processes, materials and construction techniques, using modelling techniques and working drawings to help take their initial ideas through to realisation.

Students will also gain an understanding that three-dimensional designers may work within a small team environment or work as freelance designers. 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 three-dimensional designers.


For this GCSE the students will complete two assessed units. The two units will both be internally assessed and externally moderated.

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

Both components allow students opportunities to:

  • To develop and explore ideas
  • To research primary and contextual sources
  • To experiment with media, materials, techniques and processes
  • To present personal response(s) to theme(s) set by the centre

Throughout the course students should develop a practical knowledge and understanding of:

  • The use of formal elements and visual communication through a variety of approaches
  • The use of observational skills to record from sources and communicate ideas
  • Characteristics of materials such as resistance, malleability, recyclability and sustainability
  • The elements of three-dimensional design such as light, space, form, scale and proportion
  • The effects and creative potential of combining and manipulating different two-dimensional and three-dimensional materials and media
  • The use of digital and/or non-digital applications

The students will be able to personally select one or more of the following areas to focus on to complete their components:

  • Architectural design
  • Interior design
  • Product design
  • Design for theatre, film and television
  • Jewellery and body adornment
  • Ceramics