FdA 3D Design

  • You can learn while you earn; we have a Creative Enterprise Pop-Up Shop that ‘pops up’ at youth markets in the local community, within shops and empty shop units, at external exhibitions at both local and London venues as well as having an online presence
  • You will take part in industry live briefs and prestigious national and international design competitions; these include D&AD New Blood and The RSA Student Design Awards
  • You will also have the opportunity to manage, curate and finance your own exhibitions both independently and collaboratively; exhibiting your work professionally in our in-house David Gentleman Gallery as well as at external venues.
  • You will have the chance to take part in our enrichment programme which includes trips to galleries, museums and exhibitions in and around London, in addition to UK residential and overseas visits to enhance your personal, creative and academic development. Previous visits have included New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Praque, Valencia, Bilbao and Iceland.

About the course

This course is available to UK/EU students only.

Three dimensional design involves the design and prototyping of functional consumer products; furniture, jewellery and accessories, the design of interior and exterior environments (civic, public and commercial spaces) and the production of concept models.

You will develop proficiency in a wide range of communication and technical skills from hand drawings, Computer Aided Design drawings, physical model making and knowledge of structure, construction, materials and detailing. The course content reflects this, enabling you to build a portfolio of design work and skills depending on your individual interests and ambitions.

Throughout the programme, you are supported and encouraged to take part in work placements and build relationships within the design industry.

Progression routes

All progression routes outlined below are currently valid; however available progression will be updated on an annual basis in accordance with changes in UH provision.

Entry is to Level 6 contingent on successful completion of the FdA. Additional routes may be available to students at the time of FdA completion.

The FdA Three-dimensional Design offers articulated progression into the final year of the following courses:  

  • BA (Hons) Product and Industrial Design
  • BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
  • BA (Hons) Design Crafts (Ceramics and Glass)
  • BA (Hons) Design Crafts (Jewellery)
  • BA (Hons) Design Crafts (Textiles)

Why choose this course?

This programme aims to develop your creativity and skills in carrying out projects to meet the needs of clients and audiences. In addition the programme will provide you with:

  • You will have an opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification in two years of full-time study. This course allows students to develop in depth understanding, by working both independently and collaboratively with other discipline areas such as Graphic Design and Visual Merchandising and through practical studio practice.
  • The knowledge and skills to embark on a career in the creative and cultural industries;
  • opportunities for work-based learning and experience in the creative arts and cultural industries;
  • an opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification in two years of full-time study;
  • a progression route to the final year of an appropriate honours degree programme at the University of Hertfordshire

Visit our Instagram @creative_hub_enterprise to follow our current students exciting creative exploits.

What will I study?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, small group tutorials, course work and practical assignments. Throughout your course, you are encouraged to undertake independent study to consolidate your learning and to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the subject of interest.

You will tackle a variety of briefs ranging in complexity and time scales, some that are directed and others in which students negotiate their direction of the brief. Some projects will take many weeks to complete whilst others will be solved within a matter of hours. The project critique is a fundamental part of our design teaching. The critique is a forum in which students present and defend their project proposals in front of their peers; this mirrors the real life scenario when designers present their ideas to clients.

This programme is assessed from 100% course work throughout the two years. Assessment is continuous throughout the programme with tutor, self and peer assessment with a University Exam Board at the end of each semester.


When you successfully complete the course, you may wish to progress directly into employment or to a BA Honours degree in Interior & Spatial Design, Contemporary Applied Arts, Product Design, Industrial Design or Model Design at the University of Hertfordshire. Students are eligible to progress to the final year of a BA honours, and will be supported by college and University staff in making their decision.

The Foundation Degree 3D Design programme has a 98.5% progression onto employment or further studies on completion (DLHE).

What job can I get?

We’re proud that many of our students are working right across the creative industries with leading companies in the UK and internationally. We encourage versatility, which can lead to a wide range of career opportunities within the design industry in the field of architecture, interior design, product design, industrial design, graphic design, jewellery design, model making, exhibition design, producing props and sets for the film & TV industry.

These careers include 3D modellers and visualisers, product designers, CAD specialists, designer-makers and design teachers. With many choosing to continue their creative and professional practice on a freelance, self-employed basis.