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Three Dimensional Design

BA (Hons)
Three Dimensional Design
3 years (full-time)
UCAS W240

With a strong hands-on focus, you will be encouraged to discover the potential for producing objects that blend the best traditions of handmaking with the technologies of machine and digital manufacturing. From craft making to designing for industry, this course focuses on developing the skills to design and produce the objects that surround us, from the cherished personal to the everyday functional. Throughout the course you will have access to an extensive range of expert workshops, be taught by specialist staff and have contact with the industry through live projects and competition briefs. Previous graduates have pursued a range of successful careers in roles such as product designers, furniture designers, ceramicists, jewellers and glass blowers. Others have gone on to successfully run their own creative businesses.

Special Features

  • Opportunity in Year 2 for an Erasmus study exchange to Akershus University in Norway for a term. Previous students have undertaken research trips to Morocco, India, America and the Czech Republic.
  • Extensive contacts with industry. Successful student designs have been put into production by national retailers or through the University's MMU Originals online shop as a result of live competition briefs.

Course Content

Encompassing craft making to designing for industry, the programme focuses on the objects that surround us, from the cherished personal to the everyday functional. You will discover and understand the complex relationships we have with the made world, and how these objects reflect and shape a society that is ever changing with new ideas, materials and processes.

Year 1

Year 1 introduces you to fundamental hand, machine & digital processes that are used for making objects across a range of materials. It provides an opportunity to explore and investigate differing material qualities, and creatively respond to these discoveries.

You are also are introduced to a variety of research methods, and are encouraged to take an open minded and analytical response to source material to develop a questioning approach to original thinking and problem solving.

Investigation and Application

This unit will introduce you to a variety of research methods, and fosters an understanding of how these can make a positive impact on creative thinking. It encourages an open minded and analytical response to source material with the intention of developing a questioning approach to original thinking and problem solving, through the generation and development of ideas. In addition, the unit introduces you to appropriate methods of communication for the range of activities undertaken.

Principals and Approaches to Making

Set projects will introduce you to fundamental hand, machine & digital processes that are used for making objects across a range of materials, and provide an opportunity for you to explore, investigate and creatively respond to your discoveries concerning differing material qualities. Visual studies will introduce you to the many approaches to drawing and photography used by designers and makers, and how these can inform the creative process.

Unit X

This unit provides an opportunity to explore collaborative and interdisciplinary art and design practice by undertaking work alongside students from Design/Art programmes within Manchester School of Art. The unit covers set project(s) which encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience. You will engage in lectures and talks from key research staff and students, tutorial group meetings and presentations. The set projects will vary from year to year and are designed to be responsive to creative opportunities.

Contextualising Practice 1

You are allocated to one of four pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. Lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits around cultural contexts and professional issues.

Contextualising Practice with Language 1

You are allocated to one of four pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. The unit includes lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits around cultural contexts and professional issues.

Year 2

In Year 2 you will question ways of working in relation to issues such as usability, sustainability, ethics, market, employability and other related aspects. It encourages you to take risks, challenge assumptions and begin to define a distinct approach to your own practice.

Set projects examine design archetypes, historic archives, and traditional materials, techniques or processes as a basis for re-interpretation. Conventional and new technologies are employed to explore contemporary and unexpected responses to established traditions.

There are opportunities for you to undertake overseas study exchanges to partner institutions. You will also experience interdisciplinary practice, and working within collaborative creative and commercial contexts through a range of cross faculty and live external projects.

Tradition and Innovation

This unit will foster an understanding of the relevance of historical perspectives on contemporary practice.  Using a choice of set projects you will examine design archetypes including historic archives and traditional materials.  Further to this your studies will use techniques and processes as a basis for re-interpretation according to individual contexts for practice.  Conventional and new technologies can be employed to explore contemporary and unexpected responses to established traditions.  A development of your own personal visual language will be a central part of your project work on this unit. 

Understanding Context

This unit introduces the primary factors affecting the context of contemporary design and making practice.  Set projects will enable you to question ways of working in relation to issues such as usability, sustainability, ethics, market, employability and other related aspects.  It will encourage you to take risks, challenge assumptions and begin to define a distinct approach to your own practice. An integral part of the project work is the continued development of your drawing and visualisation skills.

Unit X

This unit explores collaborative and interdisciplinary art and design practice.  You will have the opportunity to engage in a range of external facing learning opportunities which will encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience; this may take the form of spending time outside of the university and working within the creative community and the public domain.

Contextualising Practice 2

Delivery of critical, historical and professional issues to enhance your development within practice-based clusters. Delivery to clusters of cognate practice areas. Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas plus cluster-wide professional and employability issues, facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner.

Contextualising Practice with Language 2

Delivery of critical and historical issues to enhance the student's development within practice-based clusters.  Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner. Modes of delivery include lectures, seminars, tutorials, guest speakers, visits and placements.

Year 3

By the final year you will be required to define a self-authored, multi faceted programme of study. It demands a creative synthesis of critical, analytical and practical skills combined with an independent, resourceful and responsive approach to practice.

The final project period enables you to produce and showcase a finalized body of work that resolves and communicates your own personal and professional ambitions within a contemporary design and craft context.

At all levels you will experience a wide range of approaches to drawing and digital visualization, and integrate these into your creative process in order to cultivate a personal visual language. The practical learning is underpinned by an in-depth Contextual & Professional Studies programme, that informs and supports the work undertaken within the practice units.

Synthesis and Resolution

This unit will focus on developing, refining and resolving an appropriate visual language and palette of skills to facilitate your professional ambitions.  During the course you will have the opportunity to define a self-authored, multi-faceted programme of study; this will require the synthesis of critical, analytical and practical skills combined with an independent, resourceful and responsive approach to practice. 

Unit X

On the third year Unit X, there is a student authored final project leading to a showcase of finished work. The unit includes a brief generated by the student, which leads to the presentation of a significant body of final work. Collaborative and interdisciplinary work can be incorporated into the project in relation to the professional context and ambition of the student.

Contextualising Practice 3

Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a student's individual practice interests.

Contextualising Practice with a Language 3

Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a your individual practice interests. A negotiated project focused around an individually defined area appropriate to your aims and ambitions.

Assessment

Continuous formative and summative assessment with feedback and discussion on completion of all units. The programme ends with a School of Art exhibition.

Placements

Within the programme we run a range of live briefs with companies and manufacturers, and also encourage students to partake in external competitions where appropriate. There are no formal work placements within the programme, however students are encouraged to make external contacts and many use the vacations to undertake periods of work experience.

You can find further details about the curriculum in the Programme Specification Document.

Staff


Graduates

Graduates of this course go on to establish their own creative businesses as self-employed practitioners, or pursue careers as product designers, furniture designers, ceramicists, jewellers, retailers, gallery owners, retail buyers, design managers, design consultants, teachers and lecturers.

Alumni Profiles

Making an Application

How to Apply

Apply through UCAS.

If you meet our criteria we will invite to you an Interview and ask you to show us a Portfolio of your work.

You will be notified of our decision through UCAS.

Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff Points/Grades Required

280 at A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National Extended Diploma DMM at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma). If applying using Foundation Diploma in Art and Design a minimum of a Merit is required depending on other level 3 qualifications.

Learn more about MMU's Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Specific GCSE Requirements

GCSE Grade C (or acceptable alternative) in English Language

Non Tariffed Qualifications

A relevant Level 3 Access to HE Diploma will be considered for entry to this course.

International Baccalaureate28 Points

International Students

A minimum IELTS score of 6 with no element below 5.5 is required.

Check our MMU International site for further information if you are applying with non-UK qualifications.

Fees

UK and EU full-time students: £9,000

Non-EU full-time international students: £11,000

See Money Matters for further information and advice.