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Introduction to 3D Design (Online Short Course)

Introduction to 3D Design (Online Short Course)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Rock Galpin


This beginner’s online course will help you to develop core transferable skills that you can apply to any area of 3D design (from furniture to lifestyle products, tableware, home office, lighting, and more), giving you an insight into how they all work, and an idea of which area you might like to specialise in.

You will explore different manufacturing processes and design tools, and will learn 3D modelling techniques, as well as how to create thumbnail sketches and sketch models, before presenting three concepts in the final week. You can apply these skills to any area of product design including accessories, tableware, home office, lighting, furniture design and fashion products.

During this course you will learn through weekly online discussions with your tutor where you will present ideas that you develop as part of your independent study. All of these lessons are reinforced with practical case studies, helping you find inspiration and apply your ideas to professional situations.

You will become familiar with the tools used by 3D designers in the professional sphere, including how to finally present your original chosen products to the client in a 2D and 3D presentation. By the end of this course you should understand your preference of 3D design area, and this will give you the foundation for further specialisation, or to develop a portfolio for a degree application, or to aid your own professional practice.


  • Current trends in 3D design
  • Transferrable design processes
  • 3D design users and clients
  • Different manufacturing processes
  • Product design drawing
  • Design tools
  • Creating moodboards
  • Researching and establishing your parameters
  • Concept generation
  • Production techniques and materials
  • Design development
  • Design refinement
  • Design ideation
  • Thumbnail sketching
  • Sketch model making
  • Working with human measurements, scale and ergonomics

Course Outcomes:

By the end of the course you will have;

  • Presented three 3D final design concepts
  • Produced finished scaled models/presentations of your designs
  • Explored different product areas, clients and scenarios
  • Identified 3D design opportunities
  • Learned how to communicate your designs effectively in 2D and 3D
  • Developed a range of drawing techniques and technical skills

Who is Introduction to 3D Design (Online Short Course) for?
This course is for beginners with a passion for 3D design or professionals wanting to revisit the basics, get a new perspective and learn new techniques. By the end of the course you should know which area of design you would like to specialise in and you can add your finished design concepts to your portfolio for a degree application or even to start your own professional practice.

Level: Beginners.

Why choose an CSM Online Short Course
Our online learning short courses allow you to experience Central Saint Martins wherever you are in the world. The real-time chat sessions are fully interactive allowing you to communicate easily with the tutor at the same time as fellow students. Additionally all CSM Online Short Courses include;

  • Live sessions with expert
  • Lesson recordings
  • Practical assignments
  • Personal feedback
  • VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • CSM Certificate upon completion

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

Trained with 7 years design education, finishing at Central Saint Martins with an MA Industrial Design, Rock Galpin has set up a number of design companies including his current practice, Rock Galpin Studio, specialising in product and furniture design, founded in 2005, originating from Studio Orange, which he founded in 1995.

Rock has won a number of awards for his designs including The Laurent Perrier Design Award in 2005 and has been featured throughout the world in the press and TV alike.

Rock's clients include; Aram, Authentics, Boss Design, Frem, Diageo, Bartle Bogle & Hergarty, Covo, Candy & Candy, Connection Seating, Designers Guild, Heals, Purves & Purves, Weber Shandwick, Hill & Knowlton and Channel 4, The British Council, Conran Shop, Geoffrey Drayton, Bacardi Global Brands, Ogilvy & Mather, Saatchi & Saatchi. In addition, Rock's own brand collection of design/supply furniture supplies to several architects and interior designers such as BDP, Swanke Hayden Connell, Featherstone Young and Waugh Thistleton.

Combined with his studio practice, Rock Galpin has also taught on the BA Product Design course for over 20 years and is a mentor on MA Industrial Design and is one of the original short course tutors now running seven short courses/online courses in furniture and product design at Central Saint Martins.


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please have the following materials/equipment for the first class:

  • Notepad and pen
  • A recent computer with a recent operating system
  • An up-to-date web browser. (It would be advisable to ensure you
  • have access to two separate web browsers eg Safari and Mozilla
  • Firefox or Google Chrome and Internet Explorer)
  • Microphone (a headset with microphone/headphones is recommended)
  • Headphones
  • Webcam

Finally, a good broadband connection is also recommended. (Mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle might not provide sufficient bandwidth).

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