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The creative industries accounted for 284,400 businesses - or just over one in eight of all UK businesses - in 2016.

"Never thought I'd go to uni; now it's two years later and I've got an unconditional place on a BA Hons in Interior Architecture and Design at Nottingham Trent!"

"I am much more confident talking about my ideas, my work and presenting to clients. We do this all the time and I don't even think about it now, I just do it."

Career Destinations

Students progress to careers in;

  • Product and Furniture Design
  • Interior and Environmental Design
  • Architecture and Model Making
  • SFX and Prop design
  • Industrial and Automotive Design
  • Computer Aided Design; including animation and manufacturing specifications

What can I do next?

After successfully completing the UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design (3D Design) you can progress to the second year of specialist study on the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (3D Design).

What will I be doing?

You will;

  • Produce creative solutions in response to industry based client briefs.
  • Learn technical drawing, model making and Computer Aided Design methods.
  • Investigate the construction and manufacture of prototypes.
  • Research international design history and materials/processes application.
  • Explore ways of presenting design ideas using digital media.
  • Practice verbal and visual communication skills to a sophisticated level.
  • Develop appropriate skills/qualifications in English Maths and software applications.

Added Extras

  • Enrichment programme of visits including the Design Museum, Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA), Science Museum and the 100% Design Show
  • Individual and group research into commercial use of materials and manufacturing techniques
  • Embedded employer engagement including live briefs and group projects integrated into the study programme and assessed by industry clients
  • Develop an online presence to share ideas and showcase skills and design work
  • Develop a specialist portfolio of work for direct progression to higher education degree or employment

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through working on practical assignments producing a range of visual presentations through critiques to peers and clients, design models/prototypes, sketchbooks, technical drawings and CAD visualisations.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C, one of which must be English, or a Level 2 Art and Design Diploma at merit grade and English GCSE grade 4/C.

Applicants are asked to provide examples of art and design work at interview.

What do I need to bring?

You will be required to purchase a 3D kit to help with specific design drawing techniques. A kit list will be provided for you when you start, you will be expected to purchase kit items as and when you need them - basic drawing equipment; pencil and small sketchbook is all that is needed for the first day. You will also be expected to replace paints, sketchbooks and some materials as you progress on the course. £90 is payable on enrolment as a contribution towards the cost of study trips and additional specialist materials.

Students at HRC who meet the eligibility criteria can apply to the Bursary Fund for support towards essential kit, visit and material costs. Please note - bursary funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application. For further information contact the Information Centre on 01992 411411 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For further course information please contact Nik Clarke (Programme Manager - 3D Design) on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fee Information

Free to Home students under 19 on 31st August 2023.
If you are a Home student aged 19 or over on the 31st August 2023, you may be liable to pay approximately £2,500 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £5,000 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the tuition fees for 2022/2023 and could be subject to change for 2023/2024).

If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free tuition if the course you choose is on a government-approved list and the qualification is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification.

If you are aged over 24 and you have not achieved a full Level 3 qualification you may be entitled to free tuition if the qualification is listed on the Government Free courses for jobs list. Similarly, if you already hold a Level 3 qualification (or above) and meet the Adult Education Budgets definition of unemployed or are in receipt of low wage, you may also be entitled to free tuition.

You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.

These fees are indicative of the 2024-25 costs and may be subject to change


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