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All Foundation Degrees are validated by the University of Hertfordshire

UCAS Code: W201
Institution Code: HERTS H36
Campus name: Hertford Regional College
Campus code: H

Three dimensional design involves the design and prototyping of functional consumer products; furniture, jewellery and accessories, the design of interior and exterior environments (civic, public and commercial spaces) and the production of concept models.

You will develop proficiency in a wide range of communication and technical skills from hand drawings, Computer Aided Design drawings, physical model making and knowledge of structure, construction, materials and detailing. The course content reflects this, enabling you to build a portfolio of design work and skills depending on your individual interests and ambitions. Throughout the programme, you are supported and encouraged to take part in work placements and build relationships within the design industry.

What makes the Foundation Degree in 3D Design at HRC special?

You will have an opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification in two years of full-time study.

This course allows students to develop in depth understanding, by working both independently and collaboratively with other discipline areas such as Graphic Design and Visual Merchandising and through practical studio practice.

You can learn while you earn; we have a Creative Enterprise Pop-Up Shop that 'pops up' at youth markets in the local community, within shops and empty shop units, at external exhibitions at both local and London venues as well as having an online presence. The day to day running of the shop contributes to the Work Based Learning module and is managed by a team of students. This is a great experience and excellent opportunity to develop and enhance your entrepreneurial skills and promote yourself as up and coming designer by marketing and selling your own products.

You will take part in industry live briefs and prestigious national and international design competitions; these include D&AD New Blood and The RSA Student Design Awards.

You will also have the opportunity to manage, curate and finance your own exhibitions both independently and collaboratively; exhibiting your work professionally in our in-house David Gentleman Gallery as well as at external venues.

You will have smaller class sizes, more tutor contact and extra support if the need is identified.

You will learn in subject specific studios and workshops with access to the latest equipment supervised by trained technicians. Equipment available to students includes a laser cutter, a 3D printer, enamelling/pewter kiln, silversmithing tools, screen printing table, vacuum former, heat press, printing presses, Mac/PC suites and a photography studio.

What do our students say?

"This course helped me to decide what design discipline I want to progress into, and going on several work placements and working with external clients/employers on live briefs, provided networking opportunities for my future career options"

"Hard work and a positive attitude will lead to bigger things; this was instilled in me whilst studying on the 3D Design programme. I am now a Senior Interior Designer/Project Manager with SMC Design Ltd. And lead a team of 7 international interior designers who design and fit the interiors for cruise ships from Miami to Helsinki"

Career Destinations

We're proud that many of our students are working right across the creative industries with leading companies in the UK and internationally. We encourage versatility, which can lead to a wide range of career opportunities within the design industry in the field of architecture, interior design, product design, industrial design, graphic design, jewellery design, model making, exhibition design, producing props and sets for the film & TV industry. These careers include 3D modellers and visualisers, product designers, CAD specialists, designer-makers and design teachers. With many choosing to continue their creative and professional practice on a freelance, self-employed basis.

The Foundation Degree Three Dimensional Design programme has 98.5% progression onto employment or further studies on completion.

What can I do next?

When you successfully complete the course, you may wish to progress directly into employment or to a BA Honours degree in Product Design or Industrial, or Interior Architecture and Design or Model Design (Model Effects) or Furniture Design or Contemporary Design Crafts (Multi-disciplinary) or Jewellery Design at various institutions. Students are eligible to progress to the final year of a BA honours degree at the University of Hertfordshire, and will be supported by college and University staff in making their decision.

What will I be doing?

This programme addresses the thinking processes, attitudes and skills that are common to all creative activities. It provides a structure that enables you from a variety of starting points to develop your own creativity within a context provided by the industries and organisations that utilises this creativity.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, small group tutorials, course work and practical assignments. Throughout you are encouraged to undertake independent study to consolidate your learning and to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the subject of interest.

You will tackle a variety of briefs ranging in complexity and time scales, some that are directed and others in which students negotiate their direction of the brief. Some projects will take many weeks to complete whilst others will be solved within a matter of hours. The project critique is a fundamental part of our design teaching. The critique is a forum in which students present and defend their project proposals in front of their peers; this mirrors the real life scenario when designers present their ideas to clients.

In addition, you will be exposed to the application of creative and cultural skills and knowledge in the workplace through work based learning. You will study work based learning modules in year one culminating in a work-based learning project negotiated with an employer in year two.

Modules of study for the FdA Three Dimensional Design programme are:

Level 4
Core Modules

  • Creative Problem Solving (HRC) - 30 Credits
  • Creative Languages (HRC) - 15 Credits
  • WBL: Developing Professional and Employability Skills (HRC) - 30 Credits
  • Historical and Contemporary Context (HRC) - 15 Credits
  • Creative Vocational Practice (Three-dimensional Design) (HRC) - 30 Credits

Level 5
Core Modules

  • WBL Project: Professional Practice (HRC) - 30 Credits
  • Contextual Studies (HRC) - 15 Credits
  • Cultural and Ethical Debate (HRC) - 15 Credits
  • Final Major Project - Three-dimensional Design (HRC) - 30 Credits
  • Portfolio Development (Three-dimensional Design) (HRC) - 30 Credits

Added Extras

You will have the opportunity to take part in our enrichment programme which includes trips to galleries, museums and exhibitions in and around London in addition to UK residential and overseas visits to enhance your personal, creative and academic development. Previous visits have included New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Praque, Valencia, Bilbao and Iceland. These visits are not mandatory and the costs will be additional to your course fee. You will be given sufficient notice in order to budget for these trips.

Visit our Instagram @creative_hub_enterprise to follow our current students exciting creative exploits.

How will I be assessed?

This programme is assessed from 100% course work throughout the two years. Assessment is continuous throughout the programme with tutor, self and peer assessment with a University Exam Board at the end of each semester.

Entry requirements?

48 UCAS points.

Applicants who can demonstrate previous relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

To apply for the course please click here

UCAS Code: W201
Institution Code: HERTS H36
Campus name: Hertford Regional College
Campus code: H

What do I need to bring?

It will be necessary to buy materials to complete project work, build a kit of equipment and purchase a variety of books, publications and trade journals. We will give guidance before the course starts as to what the basic kit should include and where you can purchase these items.

Fee Information

£6,165 per annum is the fee for Foundation Degrees in 2020/21. Full and part- time students are normally eligible for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England. See

These fees are indicative of the 2019-20 costs and may be subject to change


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