module specification

DN6039 - 3D Design and Development 3 (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title 3D Design and Development 3
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Art, Architecture and Design
Total study hours 300
228 hours Guided independent study
72 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
Year City Friday Afternoon

Module summary

Through synthesis of the knowledge of processes and design principles that you have gained in the previous years of study, using intellectual, creative and practical skills, you will design and develop self-directed projects, including your ‘major project’.

The projects will be individually set, but will require negotiated and approved project proposals before commencing. You will undertake and record in-depth research, a well-constructed design development process, the exercise of critical thinking skills and the selection of production skills resulting in a significant body of creative outcomes.

Your process will include market and competitor research, idea generation, concept development, material investigation, sampling, modelling or prototyping and visualisations that lead towards the realisation of the project proposed in the ‘Project Resolution’ module.
The module will require you to critique your own work and adopt the professional standards of your disciplines. The module emphasises the growth of a personal focus and creative identity whilst acknowledging commercial and professional ethics, expectations and constraints.

Prior learning requirements

Pre-requisite DN5024 3D Design and Development 2
Available for Study Abroad? NO


The syllabus will be largely self-directed according to the requirements of the individual projects.

Projects must be approved before commencing and will be subject to regular review and feedback, including in group peer review sessions.

You will be expected to construct a plan of work and to maintain thorough logs of progress so that both you and your tutors can understand the trajectory of progress and refocus if necessary.

At the end of the module, presentation of the designed outcome to a professional standard of modelling, sampling, drawing and visualisation will be expected.
(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 6, you will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

1. undertake and record a 3D design development process using a range of resources, techniques and materials to express your creative choices with a rationale for your decisions;

Cognitive Intellectual Abilities

1. show critical self-reflection and clear understanding of the commercial, professional and ethical context of your personal practice, explaining your proposals with reference to human factors;

Transferable Skills

2. identify design issues or situations requiring analysis and resolution, providing a rationale for your choices and decisions, and describe your project proposal utilising sector-specific communication methods;

Subject Specific Practical Skills

3. produce high quality presentation models, samples and visualisations in commercially relevant formats;

Professionalism and Values

4. reflect on the ethics of your practice and pursue sustainable design, ensuring that the interests of all parties to your design outcomes are considered and balanced.