Three Dimensional (3D) Design (Idea Material Object)

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Three Dimensional (3D) Design
School
Bath School of Art and Design
Campus or location
Sion Hill
Course length
Three years full-time.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: WW2R
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A-level grades BCC with grade B in Art, or other art/design related subject preferred.

View typical offers for more information.

Join a forward-thinking creative community of people passionate about 3D designing and making.

  • Explore a breadth of materials and processes in supportive, well-equipped workshops.
  • Become a versatile, empowered designer or maker.
  • Develop your design practice through professional industry and community projects.

In this BA (Hons) 3D Design course you'll explore a range of design briefs, materials and scales; from jewellery, lighting and furniture to interactive museum installations and experiences. We’ll encourage you to bring together ideas, materials and processes (both traditional and digital) in new ways, in our extensive range of workshops.

You’ll develop excellent professional skills through frequent ‘live’ industry and community projects. You’ll graduate with a strong portfolio of experience, industry knowledge and personal vision.

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What you'll learn

Overview

Explore how design and making can change how we live. You’ll work on a variety of purposeful and challenging projects, applying your creativity to different scales, audiences and products. You’ll have your own workspace in a thriving studio environment, and opportunities to work on projects with external organisations such as Dyson, ASOS and Hakwood. We emphasise material experimentation as we believe this is a strong basis for innovation.

You’ll develop skills and ideas in supportive well equipped workshops including wood, digital processes (such as CNC routing and 3D printing), metal, plastics, ceramics and casting. You’ll develop a foundation of knowledge around manufacture processes, as well as the visualisation skills that enable you to expand and communicate your thinking.

We’ve got lots of experience and will help you establish personal direction; you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in one discipline. You’ll graduate as a versatile designer and maker; an important quality in the professional world.

We’ll introduce you to methods of thinking critically about materials and making and encourage you to take inspiration from across art, craft and design, reflecting cutting-edge interdisciplinary design practice. This is supported by tailored study visits (local, national and international) and designer-led workshops, developing your global industrial awareness.

You’ll gain valuable experience of teamwork, negotiation and leadership and leave with a list of exhibitions, professional skills and personal network that is a launchpad to a career in the creative industries.

Course structure

Year 1
The first year starts with a technical foundation including hand and machine processes and digital manufacture, and exploring possible applications. We’ll introduce you to methods of idea generation and expansion, and you’ll learn to translate your abstract thoughts into physical outcomes.


We’ll introduce you to drawing techniques and model making, as well as digital programmes such as Rhino and Photoshop. You’ll develop your presentation skills, and learn to research effectively. We debate key issues such as materials resourcing, new technologies and sustainable production, and identify pivotal designers.

Year 2
Explore your potential career path through work experience and live projects. Industry and community projects may include an interactive installation at the Holburne Museum, or Fixperts’ international design platform.

You’ll learn how to approach companies, collaborate, manage projects and explore marketing and branding, underpinned by skills such as photography and film. You’ll explore applications and scales for your ideas and deepen your theoretical engagement. This helps you to identify personal themes for critical and material investigation.

Year 3
Focus on your professional future. You’ll learn to write project briefs that allow you to explore ideas in a way that strengthens your own interests. This helps you establish the direction for your career.

With expert support you’ll develop personal industrial networks and find appropriate opportunities and platforms (physical and digital) for marketing and showcasing your work.  With other students you’ll organise and build an independent exhibition. A written dissertation enables you to deepen your knowledge and critical thinking about the context for your practice.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll present your work at the end of a module, through display and presentation, supported by development work.

You’ll receive formal feedback so you’ll know how to improve or develop particular aspects of your work. Throughout the module you receive feedback through individual and/or group tutorials, peer seminar sessions and group critiques.

How will I be taught?

We have a thriving 'studio culture', which means you work from the course studios, reflecting professional practice. Most learning and teaching takes place in the studios.

You’ll have plenty of one-to-one interaction with tutors in the studio, which supports your creative individuality. You’re taught by experienced experts, including module tutors who you see regularly, and visiting lecturers from the design industry who contribute different perspectives and energy. You’ll also be supported by experienced technical staff.

While the majority of teaching is one-to-one or group tutorials, talks and crits (constructive critical discussions of student work), you’ll also have lectures and seminars, particularly in contextual studies. You’re also expected to study independently outside of taught sessions.

Opportunities

Field trips

Field trips are an essential part of developing industrial awareness and seeking inspiration. We regularly go to major design industry events such as Milan Design Fair and Dutch Design Week, make trips to cultural venues and studios in London, and to cultural and industry sites and designer makers in the region.

Work placements, industry links and internships

The 2nd year of the course includes a work experience module and industry live projects, and overseas exchange opportunities. We run industrial and community projects such as HAKtion Factory interactive installation. Live projects and clients have included Hakwood, The Furniture Makers’ Company, Dyson, ASOS, The Holburne Museum, Bath Abbey, MoreySmith, Bisque Radiators and Forest of Imagination.

List of current alumni careers

Our graduates work for international design and manufacturing companies, contemporary designers and design marketing agencies. Others are self employed and put their designs into production, exhibiting internationally. We also have graduates working successfully in curation, publishing, design research, computer aided design, and working as studio assistants in ceramics, jewellery and architectural glass.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The course is based in designated studios where you’ll be assigned a dedicated workspace. Your studio space will become ‘your world’. In our experience no two spaces are ever the same and this creates a dynamic and exciting environment.

Most of the teaching takes place in the studio, and we have the freedom to shape it to fit our needs.

Resources

You’ll be free to choose the most appropriate material to execute your ideas, and you’ll have full access to the range of art and design facilities including workshops and comprehensive digital facilities.

In addition we have a specialist art and design library.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019
Material fees
Year 1 £280
Year 2 £290
Year 3 Published Jan 18

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020
Material fees
Year 1 £290
Year 2 Published Jan 18
Year 3 Published Jan 20

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021
Material fees
Year 1 Published Jan 18
Year 2 Published Jan 19
Year 3 Published Jan 20

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2018
Material fees
Year 1 £280
Year 2 £290
Year 3 Published Jan 18

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2021
Material fees
Year 1 £290
Year 2 Published Jan 18
Year 3 Published Jan 20

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021
Material fees
Year 1 Published Jan 18
Year 2 Published Jan 19
Year 3 Published Jan 20

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We look for applicants who are energetic, committed and passionate about design, making and material, and curious about the made world and how design can influence how we live.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - Grades BCC with Grade B in Art, or other art/design related subject preferred.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades Merit Merit Merit (MMM) preferred  in a related subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - A Minimum of 27 points required with a Pass at grade 6 or above in an Art related subject.
  • Access to HE courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries
For further information about the programme or other enquiries, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

Applicants who meet our entry criteria will be invited by email to interview at our Sion Hill campusWe prefer this to be in person but we can arrange a Skype interview if it’s not possible for you to visit. The interview is an informal discussion to discover whether you’re right for the course.

It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions and to confirm that it is the right course for you. We expect to see a portfolio and 3 dimensional work, and look at how you have developed ideas through through materials, drawing or making, and at the projects, objects and experiences you value most.

Get ahead

Prepare for the course by visiting an interesting exhibition ahead of your interview, and identifying an inspirational and challenging designer’s work to tell us about.

We recommend that applicants undertake a pre-degree foundation diploma in Art and Design in addition to the qualification listed above but will consider applicants without this.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Julia Keyte
Email: j.keyte@bathspa.ac.uk