Three Dimensional Design

BA (Hons)

3d design degree
This 3d design degree will give you the opportunity to explore the disciplines of Product Design, Ceramics and Glass and Jewellery Design through research, development and innovation in materials and processes. You will experience traditional making skills and techniques whilst broadening your knowledge of advanced digital design and fabrication methods.

You will explore methods of design thinking and making skills including 3D modelling and Adobe CAD training, design drawing and visualisation, ceramics, glass, metalwork and rapid prototyping in plastics and metal. You will have the opportunity to participate in industry-linked projects, design internships, live competitions and public facing events, which will help develop your professional design skills and get you ready for the real world of work. There are three named degree awards; Product Design, Ceramics and Glass and Jewellery Design.

100% of students go on to work and/or study six months after graduating.
Destination of Leavers from HE record, 2017

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
4 years
Year 1

In Year 1 you will explore the foundations of Three Dimensional Design processes through practical, creative, critical thinking and making. You are introduced to new ideas, new concepts and new ways of working and thinking through the projects briefs and technical inputs.

Year 2

New technologies and computer aided design and visualisation are core throughout Year 2. You will extend your knowledge in Designing and Making through thematic and technically driven projects which are delivered in studio and workshop environments. You will develop an understanding on more advanced creative thinking methods and systems, materials and making processes.

Year 3

Self-directed study and studio project work helps to develop your specialist interests in preparation for Year 4. You will take part in collaboration design projects with external clients and work in teams from across the design departments. There will be opportunities to participate in a range of external projects, exchanges and placement activities to develop your professional abilities.

Year 4

Working independently, with guidance and support from staff, you will develop your self-directed proposal for work related to your areas of specialist interest. Depending on your specialist route, you will take part in a number of graduate events including the Degree Show and New Designers in London.

Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

Detailed module information
You have the opportunity to explore your chosen specialism through research, development and innovation in materials and processes. You will be provided with dedicated studio space to develop your own thoughts and ideas, an integral part to your learning journey. Industry-linked projects, European exchanges, design internships, live competitions and public facing external events are an integral part of our course and provide you with valuable professional and practical experience.

In your final year, you will develop a professional portfolio of work and exhibit in the Degree Show, and New Designers Exhibition in London.

Activity Summary
  • Lectures - 16 students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Seminars - 16 students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Tutorial - 1 student per group, 1/2 hour per week
  • Project Supervision - 16 students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Practical class or workshop - 16 students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Supervised time in studio / workshop - 16 students per group, 10 hour per week
  • External Visits - 16 students per group, 2 days in semester 1
Independent Study

Throughout the course particular emphasis is placed on your development of independent learning through self-directed design project/s. By Year 4 you undertake independent study fully, reflecting on your previous 3 years’ experience of building expertise and specialist knowledge within your chosen pathway towards professional practice level.

Staff Delivering on This Course

Teaching staff have expert knowledge in all areas of the course delivery including Product Design, Contemporary Jewellery Design, Lighting and Furniture Design along with Ceramics and Glass. You will be supported by expert technicians across all materials and processes including wood, metal, resin and plastic. All staff members have experience of working within the industry and some have worked extensively as consultants and designers.

Industry experts contribute to the course as Professional Associates and through the Guest@Grays lecture programme, which invites national and international artists and designers to speak about their work.

Assessment

Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 1 written exam
  • 3 portfolio

Year 2

  • 2 written exams
  • 3 portfolio

Year 3

  • 2 written exams
  • 3 portfolio
  • 1 oral assessment

Year 4

  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 portfolio
Feedback

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.


ACADEMIC SUPPORT

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

DISABILITY & DYSLEXIA CENTRE

ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

CampusMoodle

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library

Placements

You will have the opportunity to undertake an optional 10-week work placement in Year 3, Semester 2. This is a fantastic opportunity to put into practice some of the design techniques and skills you have developed and to broaden your understanding and contextual awareness of the subject. Past placements have included:

  • Iona Crawford Atelier – Scotland (Glasgow based interiors and soft furnishings Designers)
  • Dezion Studio - Australia (Sydney based Product and Craft Designers)
  • Vakvrouwen – Netherlands (Amsterdam based Furniture Desigers)

You are responsible for finding your placement with support from the placement office and academic staff. 

Find out more about our placements

Study Abroad

In Year 3, Semester 2, there is the opportunity to undertake a period of international study exchange with our partner colleges across Europe, Canada and the US. The course has very well established partnerships with academic institutions in Milan, Hanover, Dusseldorf, Hameenlinna, Turku and Hasselt. 

Study Abroad

Job Prospects

This course is built to provide you with transferable design and business skills to operate confidently in a wide range of design careers within the creative sector. These include working with product and industrial design consultancies, within the manufacturing and retail sectors and setting up as an independent freelance designer.

Recent graduates can also apply to our Graduate in Residence (GiR) scheme which supports the next stage of their professional journey, whether this involves setting up a business, applying for postgraduate study or building a portfolio.

Many of our graduates are now working as designers within business settings, as self-employed product designers, designer-makers, ceramicists and jewellery designers and have gone on to extend their academic experience through further study at the Royal College of Art and at other postgraduate institutions.

There is also the option of extending your academic experience through postgraduate study at Gray’s School of Art,

Careers

ENTRY TO YEAR 1

SQA Higher: BBC to include Art & Design (or a creative design and/or technology subject e.g. Graphic Communication, Design & Manufacture) and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English)

GCE A Level: BC to include Art & Design (or a creative design and/or technology subject e.g. Product Design, Design & Technology) and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English e.g. History).

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H3H3H3 to include Art (or a creative design and/or technology subject e.g. Graphic Communication, Design & Manufacture) and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English)

IB Diploma: 24 to include Higher Level Visual Arts and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English e.g. Modern Studies, History).

All applicants with the appropriate qualifications (or due to sit appropriate qualifications) will be invited to attend a portfolio review/interview and participate in a selection process.

ENTRY TO YEAR 2

Suitable qualifications for entry to Year 2 (or above) may include relevant GCE A Levels, HNC/HND or Diploma in Foundation Studies (e.g. Art & Design, Design & Media, Fashion Design, Textile Design).

GCE A Level: BCC to include Art & Design (or a creative design and/or technology subject e.g. Product Design, Design & Technology) and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

IB Diploma: 27 to include Higher Level Visual Arts and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English)

All advanced entry applicants with the appropriate qualifications (or due to sit appropriate qualifications) and who successfully meet the criteria will be invited to attend an ‘advanced’ portfolio review/interview and participate in a selection process.

APPLICANTS FROM PARTNER COLLEGES

A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 2 or 3, subject to successfully meeting the partner course criteria.  

All advanced entry applicants with the appropriate qualifications (or due to sit appropriate qualifications) and who successfully meet the criteria will be invited to attend an ‘advanced’ portfolio review/interview and participate in a selection process.

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ALTERNATIVE QUALIFICATIONS

Those who may not hold the standard qualifications listed are encouraged to apply if they can evidence other appropriate/relevant creative work, qualifications and/or life experiences. Such candidates are advised to contact the Student Admissions Service for further advice and guidance.

A portfolio review/interview is still a requirement for this category of candidate.

Interview/Portfolio Review

Suitable applicants will be invited to attend the School with their portfolio for an informal review/discussion with academic staff. This allows you to meet staff, see the teaching environment and allows the School to explore our ambitions whilst reviewing your work. We will discuss your folio work and specific interests within art and design, as well as your aspirations. It will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions.

 

International Students

The International College at Robert Gordon University offers first year degree entry into Art and Design courses at Robert Gordon University for International Students.

ICRGU INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

PRE-SESSIONAL ENGLISH PROGRAMME AT RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

 
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/2019

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,360 per academic year
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,730 per academic year
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

  • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
  • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
  • Accommodation and living costs
  • Printing
  • Studio Fund - £100 Year 1, £150 Year 2, £150 Year 3, £150 Year 4

Other Fees and Charges

 
Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Student Awards Agency For Scotland (SAAS)

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

Student Finance England

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance NI


Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

Disclaimer

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see

STUDENT FINANCE

 

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

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I owe the entirety of my career to Grays’ School of Art. Here is where I was nurtured and discovered my design identity that is the foundation and character of ONG CENKUANG products
BUDIMAN ONG | BA (HONS) THREE DIMENSIONAL DESIGN GRADUATE

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