module specification

DN4021 - 3D Design and Development 1 (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title 3D Design and Development 1
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Art, Architecture and Design
Total study hours 300
192 hours Guided independent study
108 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Portfolio of 2D & 3D work addressing tasks and criteria as set in brief, including research proposals and presentation
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year City Monday Morning
Year City Thursday Afternoon
Year City Thursday Morning
Year City Monday Afternoon

Module summary

Successful 3D design outcomes are reliant on sound 3D design principles. These design principles inform the design process and create opportunities for you to apply your creativity to the conception, development and eventual realisation of effective 3D design solutions. It is these research and development strategies that ensure that your designs have the effects intended and are safe and beneficial to their users.

This module will introduce you to a range of contemporary and traditional discipline-related design approaches and processes, some of which will be tested in design exercises and some of which will be fully realised in studio work and projects. Processes experienced will involve research, analysis, experiment and discovery along with documentation of the process and your findings.

Design concepts will be tested through the application of workshop and studio methods: materials, processes and technologies will be discipline-specific, developing creative outcomes relevant to the possibilities and constraints of the context intended. Through the application of development processes that are both careful and experimental, you will be encouraged to develop a critically informed and personal approach to the process of design.

Prior learning requirements

Available for Study Abroad? NO


The content is indicative and will necessarily reflect current debates and thinking.

Topics covered will normally include discipline and course specific design studios, a series of project briefs which offer a range of contexts and problems for creative response, methods of research, idea generation, problem solving, analysis, critique and reflection, idea generation and exploration through discipline-specific design processes.

The projects will support course identity and subject knowledge. Open, exploratory briefs  will be supported by exercises, visits and group critiques.

Projects will be designed to allow you to work with a range of content and formats to gain understanding of how different contexts require differing approaches, processes and research methods. Projects will be selected or designed to ensure growing competence and understanding of essential skills, strategies, techniques and technologies used in 2D and 3D design.

(LO1 – 5)

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Scheduled teaching provides the guidance and foundation to ensure that independent study is effective in addressing the module’s learning outcomes and assessment tasks.

In-class activity makes use of varied student-centred approaches such as active, flipped and blended learning, so that a range of learning strategies is deployed, and individual learning styles are accommodated. Information is provided through a range of means and sources to minimise and remove barriers to successful progress through the module. The course team seeks to embed the University’s Education for Social Justice Framework in fostering learning that is enjoyable, accessible, relevant and that takes account of the social and cultural context and capital of its students.

Activities foster peer-to-peer community building and support for learning. Reflective learning is promoted through interim formative feedback points that ask students to reflect on their progress, receive help where they identify the opportunity for improvement in learning strategies and outcomes and make recommendations to themselves for future development. Throughout the module, students build a body of work, including written reflections on progress and achievement.

The School’s programme of employability events and embedded work-based learning within the curriculum supports students’ personal and career development planning. Through these initiatives, students are increasingly able, as they progress from year to year, to understand the professional environment of their disciplines, the various opportunities available to them, and how to shape their learning according to their ambitions.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, to the standard expected at Level 4, you will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

1. Evidence your understanding of the key principles and practices of research and development for design, appropriate for your discipline;

Cognitive Intellectual Abilities

2. Demonstrate that you can generate ideas, think and reflect on your practice and explain your choices through appropriate written and visual documents and presentations;

Transferable Skills

3. Select appropriate methods of research, recording and presentation for the communication of your ideas;

Subject Specific Practical Skills

4. Test conceptual ideas through research and experimental workshop and studio practice, applying these to a considered approach in your final designs;

Professionalism and Values

5. Demonstrate your effective time management and organisational skills for projects through planning and recording documentation.