module specification

DN5023 - 3D Design Realisation (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title 3D Design Realisation
Module level Intermediate (05)
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 A portfolio of 2D and 3D work addressing the tasks and criteria as set in the briefs
Running in 2024/25

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

Module summary

In this module you will realise the physical outcomes of designs developed in 3D Design and Development 2. You will be expected to work to increasingly professional and highly resolved standards of production, keeping records of progress through the projects.

You will be asked to consider carefully the materials and processes that you propose, justifying their selection on the basis of performance, safety, cost, ethical and environmental considerations and aesthetic judgement.

Through in-depth practice-led testing and process, you will consider the social, functional and environmental impacts of your choices, developing a creative and experimental, yet  logical and evidence-based method to problem solve, appropriate to the needs of your  clients and users.

Prior learning requirements

Pre-requisite DN4022 3D Workshop Practice

Available for Study Abroad? NO


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

Typically, the module will include:

user and market analysis in respect of production choices;
testing, modelling, prototyping and sampling methods;
construction and production methods and practices for commercial applications;
conventions of professional drawing for construction and production;
conventions for specifying including for subcontraction;
safety and environmental audits in relation to material and process selection.

(LO 1-5)

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 5, you will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

1. research and make appropriate material and process choices for your chosen designs, experimenting and testing materials and process in 2D and 3D;

Cognitive Intellectual Abilities

2. record your progress, continually re-evaluating success and failure in an iterative, self-aware and critically informed design process;

Transferable Skills

3. accurately express design intentions through a range of industry standard communication techniques, informed by users, clients and context;

Subject Specific Practical Skills

4. practice and apply appropriate realisation techniques demonstrating technical competence in material choice, process and construction;

Professionalism and values

5. evidence your regard for of the safety of your designs, the ethical and environmental issues that may arise, and the effect of your work on others.