module specification

DN4022 - 3D Workshop Practice (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title 3D Workshop Practice
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%   A portfolio of 3D practical work addressing the tasks and criteria as set out in the briefs.
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

Good design and high-quality artefacts are informed by knowledge of both the potential and the limitations of relevant technologies and techniques, materials and processes. The focus of this module is on the development of understanding and ability in a range of key practical skills and an understanding of material and process through experience, experimentation and direct observation. The module will introduce you to some of the key methods and principles of achieving high-quality outcomes, whether crafted, manufactured or constructed. It will develop capacity for informed decision-making about material experimentation and process investigation through the exploration of why particular choices of material, technique, process and technology are made in relation to factors such as aesthetics, function, scale and ethical considerations. The module is taught within disciplinary specific studios, includes a range of relevant workshop inductions and will aid the realisation of designs and projects developed in other modules.

Prior learning requirements

Available for Study Abroad? NO


Through discipline-specific studio practice, workshop exercises and projects, you will develop knowledge and experience of workshop health, safety and regulation, effective and safe working with a range of materials, techniques, processes, tools and equipment, properties, the limitations and potential of a range of materials for discipline-specific purposes, in for example: textiles, wood, metal, synthetic polymers, or ceramics. You will discover the relationship between choices of material, the means of production and the intended function of the designed artefact.

Design studios and exploratory practice are supported by exercises, visits and group critiques together with a series of lectures.

(L01 – 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. Illustrate your research into materials, processes and techniques from a range of sources, describing these visually and verbally in your sketchbooks or process logs;

Cognitive Intellectual Abilities

2. Explain your choices of material, process and technology in relation to construction, function and aesthetic design referring to your research and design concepts for production;

Transferable Skills

3. Select and apply professional standard discipline-specific methods of recording and presentation for the communication of your ideas and findings;

Subject Specific Practical Skills

4. Demonstrate your ability and creativity for material experimentation in discipline-specific making skills appropriate to level four;

Professionalism and Values

5. Exhibit care and consideration for yourself and others in workshop environments with knowledge of applicable regulation and safe practice.