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3D Design

Validated by York St. John University.

Programme Specification

Course Handbook

If you wish to study this course full-time you must apply through UCAS. UCAS Code: W700. Institution code Y70.

If you wish to study part-time follow the 'apply' link at the top of this page and fill out a York College application form.

Click here to view York College’s agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) and an explanation on how fee income will be used to support students.


As a student of 3D Design & Creative Practice you find that making leads creativity. Based in York College’s well-equipped workshops you will be supported and taught by skilledLearning Assistants and Tutors to realise your ideas. 

Your studies will be underpinned by historical, cultural and theoretical research, as well as gaining a working understanding of the implications of making in contemporary contexts. The course tutors have many industry links and the course offers opportunities to engage in work placements and live projects in collaboration with regional and national organisations including businesses, galleries and schools. The work of our students is featured in external exhibitions each year, providing graduates with a unique experience; often leading to exciting opportunities. 

The course provides for the development of technical skills in the workshops, but also for the development of a wide range of transferable skills such as Critical and Strategic Thinking, Time and Project Management, Literary and Research Skills, Information Management, Presentation, Promotion and Marketing and Process Materials. The course is intended to enable students to make informed choices based on sound information and critical judgement. Students are encouraged to express their ideas and to develop analytical ability through lectures, seminar, tutorials, discussions and gallery visits. Students gain understanding of their work in historical, current and professional contexts as well in relation to current debate.

Our Approach

This studio and workshop-based course provides the opportunity to learn through experience. The programme is broad and offers the opportunity to work in art, craft, design-based areas. In encouraging experimentation, the course celebrates combining materials and processes to create innovative ideas and outcomes.  
You will experience new challenges and explore new concepts. Through learning processes and working with a wide range material you will develop a broad skill base. You will be helped to apply these to your own projects, which will give you a distinct and professional body of work that enables you to become a creative professional. 

Entry Requirements

32 UCAS tariff points.

Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject or A Levels.

Or Significant relevant prior learning and experience. 

Course Length

3 years Full-time 

6 years Part-time 

Dates and Times

Course begins September 2021.

3 days a week for Full -time study timetabled between Monday and Thursday 

Academic year runs from September to June. (3-year course) 

1.5 days a week part-time- study timetabled between Monday and Thursday 

Academic year runs from September to June. (6-year course) 

Course Modules

The modules are broken down in 3 types.

Studio Practice 1-6: 

  • Ideas, making and materials; leading you to create your own 3D Design or Studio Practice.

Contextual Studies1-3:

  • Critical, historical and theoretical learning that informs your making and thinking. 

Professionalism 1-3:

  • Industry, business and professional experience that supports you to direct your own progression. 

Level 4

Studio Practice 1 

Studio Practice 2

Contextual Studies 1 

Professionalism 1 

Level 5 

Studio Practice 3

Studio Practice 4

Contextual Studies 2

Professionalism 2

Level 6 

Studio Practice 5

Studio Practice 6

Contextual Studies 3

Professionalism 3

Skills You Will Learn

  • Critical and strategic thinking
  • Production and resolution
  • Creativity and design
  • Time management
  • Library and research skills
  • Information management
  • Presentation skills
  • Promotional skills
  • Marketing for self-employment
  • Business acumen
  • Project management

Career Progression

This course is designed to be diagnostic and responsive to learners’ goals. We aim to help learners realise their professional ambitions as well as artistic ones. This may be helping you to set up your own business or helping you to access a career in the creative industries such as a craftsperson, community art worker, designer, crafts educator, curatorship or administration. We will teach you the skills required to become a professional in your chosen field. Some students choose to go into postgraduate study, but several of our recent students have gone straight into work with local design companies and many of our former students maintain a strong relationship with the department, meaning there are opportunities for work experience and guest speakers.


£7200 per year. (Pro-rata for part-time). Student Finance England funding is available via the direct.gov website. 

Lecturer: Phil Simpson, BA (Hons) in Jewellery Silversmithing and Related Design, PGCE, has been teaching Art and Design for the past 15 years

Before teaching Phil worked in industry as a designer and maker. Here he gained many professional skills and was commission to work with high profile clients including; Harrods and Royal Daulton, Wedgewood to name a few. He has a breadth of technical knowledge in wood, metal and fine metals with high levels of expertise as a silversmith. Phil cares about good design and is generous with his knowledge in helping learners to foster their own professionalism.

Lecturer: Charlie Barnes, MA Fine Art, BA (Hons) Contemporary Art, PGCE

Charlie has been teaching in Further and Higher education for the last 6 years.  She has a wealth of experience teaching and lecturing across Art, Design and Craft. She a practicing artist with background in sculpture and installation, she has exhibited her work both locally and nationally.  In creating public event and exhibitions she has gained professional skills, in project management, funding bids, curation and marketing.  Charlie promotes a community of learning across the degree and fosters a learner centred approach to student attainment.

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