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3D Design and Architecture (Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma) - Full-time


Course outline

This course is perfect if you love design and want to explore how it is applied to spatial understanding, 3D creativity, modelmaking and 3D problem solving. It’s a great start to a career in architecture or 3D design.

You’ll learn creative design techniques, concepts and processes and in our 3D workshop and alongside the theory of design principles, gain practical skills in exploring 3D materials. These include:

  • Card
  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Plastics
  • Ceramic
  • Plaster

You will experience 3D rendering/CAD software and develop technical skills to support your creative ideas, research and resolution and explore the history of design and architectural styles and the impact of changing contemporary issues on design.

Live projects, competition, site visits and links with local designers and architects are embedded into the course to build employability skills. Work placements are promoted and supported to build your CV and progression opportunities.

You can expect to learn about:

  • Drawing and visual communication at the core
  • 3D workshops
  • Research
  • Analysis and evaluation
  • Computer modelling
  • Presentation and exhibiting

In Year 1 all UAL Level 3 students on General Art & Design, 3D Design & Architecture and Graphic Design & Illustration will experience a broad diagnostic Term 1 and be enrolled onto a General Art & Design programme, that will provide students with grounding skills and knowledge in:

  • Creative mark-making
  • Research skills
  • Digital recording and presentation
  • Analysis and evaluation and contextual awareness

All students will undertake practical workshops in 3D Design & Architecture, Graphic Design, Illustration and Fine Art, which will allow students to make improved informed choices about an area of specialism.

In Year 1 Term 2, students will select an area of specialism, with tutor assessment and guidance and will continue in this area into their Final Major Project in Year 1.

In Year 2 students will be enrolled directly into a specialist area of study:

  • General Art & Design
  • Graphic Design & Illustration
  • 3D Design & Architecture

This allows in-depth development and relevant progression.

You’ll create a portfolio of work to help secure a university place, apprenticeship or employment.

How to apply for this course

It is no longer possible to start this course this academic year.

You will be able to apply for September 2021 soon.

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Location Date
25 Stoney Street

Start: 7th September 2020

Course code: C000290 / Q001716


UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design


2 years

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grades 9–4 (A*–C), including English Language and Maths – both of these must be grades 9–4 (A*–C) or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths, or a relevant Level 2 vocational qualification with English and Maths GCSE grades 9–4 (A*–C).

You will also need a folder of artwork.


Continuous with final assessment points at the end of year and year 2.


Choose to follow with a higher education course, an apprenticeship or employment in industry.

Career opportunities include:

  • Architectural model maker
  • Architect
  • Interior designer
  • Product/furniture designer
  • Set design for TV, film and theatre
  • Architectural visualiser
  • Landscape architect
Additional information

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees. If you are aged 19 or over, check out our Financial Help page for information on fees and funding!

Why not come along to our End of Year Shows 2019 and see what our current students have been working on.

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