BA (Hons) in 3D Design and Craft

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This course is about hands-on making and involves the realisation of ideas into object

Our BA Honours in Three Dimensional Design and Craft is ideal for students wishing to explore all aspects of creative engagement in three dimensions.  This allows students to take functional, conceptual or critical approaches to design and making, with particular emphasis on guiding them towards the development of a unique personal language.

The first year is structured and aims to give students the skills to develop 2D ideas into three- dimensional form.  This is achieved through a managed and directed introduction to various materials and workshops. The focus is on experimentation, developing skills and using sketchbooks as a design development tool.

What New Designers think of 3D at Colchester.

3D Design and Craft and Colchester School of Art & Design will have exhibited at the show for 10 years in 2017 and always produces a high quality of graduate work and shows a real range of design disciplines. The graduates employ a forward thinking design approach that always creates a really interesting stand display with works on both a large and small scale, evident this year with the turf chair that was a real point of interest. Bethany Heath, Event Executive , New Designers

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From the second year onwards, instead of focussing their work around brief–based projects, students are motivated towards independent investigation and critical engagement. There is no house style here and instead, students benefit from extensive weekly one-to-one contact with tutors and are encouraged to negotiate projects, moulding the course to suit the individual’s interests.

Through regular lectures and seminars students learn to develop their own research skills and theoretical language, this enhances the practical work with an effective combination of extensive hands-on making, spoken and written critical analysis.

The independence and level of respect from tutors and other students is great. Kirsty Laws, 3rd Year 3D Crafts
The atmosphere on the course is great, we have our own studio spaces and tutors are very supportive and enthusiastic Miriam Thorne, 3rd Year 3D Crafts

We have spacious specialist workshops offering ceramics, glass, wood-metal-and plastic and printmaking. Students also have access to a fully equipped photographic studio, drawing room and digital suits. But most of all, each student is allocated their own studio space to use as they wish, be it to display visual material, sources of inspiration, personal research or work in progress.

Recent graduates of our 3D design and craft course have successfully pursued further study at Masters level, set up their own practice and found work in the creative field, some before even finishing their studies. Many others, because of the confidence and transferrable skills gained through the developing of independent thinking, have quickly progressed into employment in a variety of other fields.

This isn’t like general education because teachers don’t treat you like a child but as an equal. Kirsty Laws, 3rd Year 3D Crafts

BA (Hons) 3D Design and Craft Modules offered:

Year One Compulsory Modules
Year One Optional Support Modules
Year Two Compulsory Modules
Year Three Modules (All modules are compulsory)
The course has allowed me to feed my personality into my work in a very positive way and this will enable me to approach future opportunities with confidence.

Career Opportunities

As well as setting up their own designer/maker businesses in areas such as ceramics, jewellery, glass and furniture, students develop high-level communications skills that allow them to gain employment in a variety of craft and design-related professions such as product design, museum and curatorial practice, design consultancy and management, and art education. Graduates from workshop-based design degrees are also increasingly sought after in a variety of non-design-related industries because of their highly practical problem-solving abilities.

Course Progression

Students are ideally suited to progress onto postgraduate study in Art and Design specialisms, Design Management and Marketing, and Curatorial Practice, as well as in the arts and wellbeing sectors such as as Art Therapy. The educational sector can be accessed through a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Graduates may also wish to progress onto other non-design-related postgraduate courses.

Portfolio of artwork supported by 64 UCAS points* gained from study on Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or level 3 Diploma in an art related subject along with 5 GCSEs (grades A*-C) including English language, or an Art and Design Foundation Year. A level applicants with appropriate knowledge and portfolio of artwork will also be considered. Students without formal qualifications but with appropriate portfolio of artwork/work experience. All applicants are formally interviewed.
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  • Higher Education (Degree Level)
  • Colchester
UCAS Code W701

3 years (Full-time) / 6 years (Part-time)
Course Code: ZH1BATDP01
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  • University of Essex
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