BA (Hons) 3D Design

BA 3D Design at Camberwell College of Arts offers students the chance to explore the emotional connection we have to objects. To develop our students’ practical skills, making is placed firmly at the centre of design production and is combined with a critical and investigative approach to objects.


Course Leader

Michael Hurley - Course Leader (Acting)

Course Location

Camberwell College of Arts, Peckham Road

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year (2016/17).

Fees are subject to an inflationary increase as students progress through their course. 

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost in your first year.

International Fee

£17,230 per year (2016/17).

Fees are subject to an inflationary increase as students progress through their course. 

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost in your first year.


Start DateSeptember 2017
Autumn Term DatesMonday 25 September - Friday 8 December 2017
Spring Term DatesMonday 8 January - Friday 16 March 2018
Summer Term DatesMonday 16 April 2018 - Friday 22 June 2018
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application Deadline15 January 2017
UCAS CodeW242
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

Content: what students can expect

  • To develop an interdisciplinary approach to design, drawing from areas as diverse as anthropology, architecture, craft production, fine art and interior design
  • To focus on small batch production and the one-off elements within design
  • A programme of visiting speakers made up of practicing designers and makers, who introduce students to a broad range of contemporary work
  • A strong industry focus, with recent course collaborations with the V&A Museum, Wentworth Pewter, Hakuhodo (Japanese advertising agency) and Kokuyo (Japanese furniture company)
  • An extensive series of visits to cultural establishments in London, as well as overseas trips, that have previously included the Milan and Stockholm Furniture Fairs
  • To develop and produce a professional portfolio that will further our students future careers
  • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities section


Year One

  • Unit 1: Introduction to BA Illustration, Graphic Design and 3D Design
  • Unit 2: Defining the subject - What is 3D Design
  • Unit 3: Context 1 - Primary research
  • Unit 4: Subject - Possibilities

Year Two

  • Unit 5: Context 2 - Platform
  • Unit 6: Subject - Method
  • Unit 7: Context 3 - Focus
  • Unit 8: Subject - Audience and visibility

Year Three

  • Unit 9: Context 4
  • Unit 10: Subject - Realisation

Work experience and opportunities

BA 3D Design students have the opportunity to undertake work placements during the course, with previous organisations and designers including The Natural History Museum, McCollin Bryan, Richard Fox, Studio Swine and Tatty Devine.

Students also have the opportunity to study abroad in the second year of their degree as part of the College's Erasmus scheme.


Michael Hurley - Course Leader (Acting)



Graduating students will have an interdisciplinary approach to design and will be equipped with the critical and professional skills to work as project based consultants, studio based designer makers, curators and commission-based designers. 

Our BA 3D Design graduates have found employment within the fields of anthropology, architecture, craft production, fine art and interior design, while many others have also gone on to postgraduate study.





Entry Requirements

We select students based on the quality of their applications, looking primarily at their portfolio of work and personal statements.

Applicants will have, or are expected to achieve, either:

  • A Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • 1 GCE A Level
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above


  • BTEC Extended Diploma or NVQ Level 3
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above


  • University of the Arts London level 3 Pre-University Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • 4 GCSEs grade C or above


  • International Baccalaureate Diploma pass achieved at 28 points or above 
  • An equivalent level of performance in other internationally recognised national school leaving or university entrance qualifications


  • Other evidence of prior learning and experience via Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning - AP(E)L and / or alternative qualifications assessed as offering the same level as the above requirements 

In exceptional circumstances, applicants may be considered if they present a portfolio of equivalent standard to a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and have:

  • 2 GCE A Levels
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

Where conditional offers are made to GCE A Level applicants these will normally be at grade C or above.

English Language Requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English isn't a students' first language they must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

At interview and portfolio review

We look for:

  • An ability to explore, articulate and develop ideas
  • An ability to research information and visual material to support your ideas
  • Your portfolio to demonstrate a range of appropriate skills and technical abilities 
  • An ability to communicate your ideas visually, verbally and in writing
  • An ability to self-direct and evaluate your own work

Portfolio advice

  • Your portfolio should be made up of work that demonstrates an ability to work sensitively with materials, solve problems and question norms
  • It is important to include work-books, which help us to see your working process, interests and influences
  • We would like to see models and artefacts, if size allows them to be included, if not photographs of these should be included

Home / EU applicants

All applicants for this course will be invited for interview.

International applicants

Interviews and portfolio reviews - applicants can be interviewed in a number of different ways: 

  • By phone
  • In their country, if your application was made though one of our official representatives 
  • At our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts


Use UAL’s scholarship search to find out what funding may be available to you.


The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application deadline is 15 January.

Home / EU applicants

You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W242

International applicants

There are two ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Camberwell College of Arts:

Find out more information about applying through UCAS

Deferred entry

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application from Home, EU and International applicants.

Study Abroad applicants

Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course for a period of up to three terms. 

For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section

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