Three-Dimensional Design (4205)
Candidates should be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of three-dimensional media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies.
They should explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to art, craft and design from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples which should be integral to the investigating and making process. Responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate the candidates' understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.
Candidates should be aware of the four assessment objectives to be evidenced in the context of the content and skills presented and of the importance of process as well as product.
Candidates should explore drawing for different purposes and needs.
Candidates may use sketchbooks/workbooks/ journals to support their work where appropriate.
Areas of Study
Candidates are required to work in one or more areas of three-dimensional design such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:
- Jewellery/Body Adornment
- Exhibition design
- Design for television, theatre, film
- Interior design
- Product design
- Environmental/Garden design
- Architectural design.
Some areas of study may also be relevant to other endorsements; within Three-Dimensional Design, sculpture is usually work designed and created for purpose. Within Fine Art, sculpture is usually work created in response to a personal idea, theme or intention.
Candidates are required to integrate critical, practical and theoretical study in Three-Dimensional Design that encourages direct engagement with original work and practice. Where direct engagement may not be possible, the expectation is that work should include appropriate and explicit critical study.
Candidates will be expected to demonstrate practical skills in the context of specific chosen areas of study or any combined areas of study.
Skills and Techniques
Candidates will be expected to demonstrate skills and techniques in the context of their chosen area(s) of study within Three-Dimensional Design:
- making appropriate use of colour, line, tone, texture, shape and form, decoration, scale and proportion
- using different approaches to recording images, such as, observation, analysis, expression and imagination
- showing in their work the ability to respond to an idea, concept, issue, theme or brief
- investigating different ways of working, as appropriate to their chosen area(s) of study within Three-Dimensional Design showing understanding of the relationship of form and function
- making use of appropriate materials, tools and techniques
- providing evidence of an understanding of spatial qualities, composition, rhythm, scale and structure
- providing evidence of the use of safe working practices.
Knowledge and Understanding
Candidates must show knowledge and understanding of:
- how ideas, feelings and meanings are conveyed in images, artefacts and products in their chosen area(s) of study within Three- Dimensional Design
- a range of art, craft and design processes including two- and/or three-dimensions and traditional and new media and technologies
- how images, artefacts and products relate to social, historical, vocational and cultural contexts
- a variety of approaches, methods and intentions of contemporary and historical artists, craftspeople and designers from different cultures and their contribution to continuity and change in society in their chosen areas(s) of study within Three-Dimensional Design
- a working vocabulary and knowledge of specialist terms relevant to their chosen area(s) of study within Three-Dimensional Design.