Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in 3D Design with Emma Johnstone

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  • Address: Parkshot Centre, Richmond, London, Surrey, England, TW9 2RE.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)20 8891 5907
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  • Dates: 10 Feb 2017 to: 01 Jul 2019

Provides a specialist professionally oriented programme of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the 3D Design world of Ceramics.This successful and popular course is now interviewing for September 2017

Course Details

Course Overview:
The Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in 3D Design provides a specialist professionally oriented programme of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the 3D Design world of Ceramics. The course encourages your creative and practical development through specialist units and projects structured throughout the course. 

BTEC Level 4 HNCs provide a nationally recognised qualification offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment or self employment and provides opportunities to progress into higher education. 
How to Apply - Tutor Approval
Please complete the online Application form and book your interview by clicking Apply Now at the top of this page. If no interview slots are available at the time of your application we will be in touch to arrange an interview date.

To be accepted on the course you must complete the following steps:

Maths and English Assessments: This MUST be done prior to your interview and takes about 1hour, you can come and do this at any time during opening times.
Evidence of skills: You may be required to show evidence of relevant skills either by bringing your certificates or doing an initial assessment task
Interview: The Tutor interview is to ensure that this is the right course for you and that you are fully aware of what is involved in completing the course
On completition of your interview and meeting the other criteria laid out in the application process, successful applicants will be offered a place on to the course.

Entry Requirements:
Entry is by interview and a portfolio of work which demonstrates ability to progress to a level 4 or level 5 qualification. If you have recently been in education, we would also like you to have obtained one of the following: 

A Foundation Art & Design Diploma 
A BTEC National 
An alternative BTEC Level 3 qualification in Ceramics or Art & Design or 3D Design Crafts etc 
A GCE Advanced level profile which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. 

This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C, other related level 3 qualifications or an Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution or related professional practice experience evident through a portfolio of work. 

If you are a mature learner you may present a more varied profile of achievement that might include work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications. 

Maths and English Assessments
Before your tutor interview you are also requested to take an online assessment in Maths and English at the college. This will help us ensure that the course is suitable for you and that you have the right English and maths skills to enjoy the course and succeed.

To help you, have a look at online resources before you come to college to take the assessment.

Course Content:
This is a unitized course which is structured around a series of projects; these are intended to guide you through from the initial stages of research to realising your ideas through a variety of 3D practices. 

In the first year you will follow a prepared programme of study with emphasis on material exploration, development of ideas in both 2D and 3D, contextual study and research development. 

In the second year you will work more independently and explore your personal and practical development further. You will become more self-determining and will be supported through a tutorial system; culminating in a final self led project and professional exhibition. 

Alongside your practical 3D Design classes you will experiment with a range of traditional and non-traditional materials and processes including digital image processing, drawing, printing, visual communication and ideas generation techniques, both traditional and web-based. 

The emphasis will be on research, study skills and on you acquiring source material and knowledge. You will develop your knowledge of visual language through the critical analysis and evaluation of the work of contemporary and historic artists, craft workers and designers. Through this contextual aspect of the course in the second year you will present your contextual research and write a critical essay based around the territory of your current practice. 

Your projects will also have a professional context, and will allow you to present and promote a portfolio of work to professional standards 
Assessment Methods:
Assessment is via portfolio, written work, supporting sketchbooks, 3D maquettes and finished pieces. You will receive regular feedback from your tutor and will be required to evaluate you own work and that of others in context.

Additional Information:
If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email 

If you would like general information about the college, for example, fees & finance, funding, term dates or opening times please email  or drop in to our main reception area. 
For information on course fees and how to get additional help to pay for them look at our How to Pay for Your Course  section.