module specification

DN5024 - 3D Design and Development 2 (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title 3D Design and Development 2
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 brief, including research propo
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
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Module summary

This module aims to enable you to develop designs in the context of our complex relationship with the designed world and its inhabitants. Through developing your  understanding of human physical, emotional and psychological needs, individual and collective, alongside individual, social and cultural contexts, you will become aware of the importance of designing with a sense of care and responsibility for the users of your designs.

You will be expected to demonstrate that design work and its outcomes are the result of detailed research. The evidence-based selection and application of materials and processes, and careful testing of design proposals, will enhance both the concept and the communication of your designs.

You will undertake a range of studio projects, sometimes in conjunction with external partners, mentored by professional practitioners as appropriate to the project. This exposure to professional ways of working will enable a personal and distinctive approach to design, preparing you for your future career.

Prior learning requirements

Pre-requisite DN4021 3D Design and Development 1

Available for Study Abroad? NO


Through studio projects, with external partners where appropriate, the module will students will guide you through the research and development approaches required to ensure that your process and outcomes result in designs that are safe, viable and effective, functioning as intended.

You will be asked to show that you have considered the needs of the proposed users of your designs, and researched individual, social or cultural contexts as required for project.

This may include:

• research of historical, socio-economic and cultural data;
• researching and testing inclusive, ergonomic, behavioural and sensory aspects of design;
• reflective practice through sketching, modelling and drawing;
• sampling, testing, maquette and modelmaking in response to research;
• developing and testing outcomes against identified aims;
• proposals for traditional and digital production techniques;
• developing an individual approach towards design and communication.

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. evidence research centered on human needs, whether physical, psychological or economic;

Cognitive Intellectual Abilities

2. apply your research to a design process with evidence of both experimental and evidence-based process in thinking and designing;

Transferable Skills

3. define and demonstrate your individual personal approach to 3D design and express this across a range of outcomes and media;

Subject-Specific Practical Skills

4. apply the sector-specific skills necessary for communication and presentation of your designs and outcomes appropriate to the audience;

Professionalism and Values

5. develop and communicate your ethical and sustainable approach to design.