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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


In line with current trends this comprehensive course in 3 Dimensional Design has the emphasis on looking at design as a process of thinking, problem solving and making that can be applied to all areas of 3D Design. This course is perfect for those not wanting to specialise in a specific product area but explore and understand different product areas and develop core transferable skills that can allow work in any area 3D design. Example areas might include lifestyle products, from accessories, tableware, home office, lighting, furniture, fashion products to wearables. The focus will be on exploring experience, craft and the lifestyle of today.

On this course you will understand how projects can originate, learn and develop tools to understand different clients; observe lifestyles/context and investigate product areas to originate new ideas and develop using learnt skills in drawing, sketch model making/sampling and developing making skills. You will learn about making, manufacturing and materials and how to finally present your original chosen product(s) to the client in a professionally resolved 2D and 3D Presentation.

This could be the start of a journey to understand your preference of 3D design area that may lead to specialism in a successful degree application, to develop a folio for a degree application or to aid your own professional practice.

Topics covered
  • Current trends in 3D design
  • Transferable design processes
  • 3D design users and clients
  • Brainstorming and research techniques
  • Inspiration, Ideation and concept development
  • Production techniques and materials
  • Inspiration, Ideation and concept development
  • Sketch modelling and presentation models
  • Working with human measurements, scale and ergonomics
  • Production drawing

By the end of the course you will have;
  • Explored different product areas and scenariosd
  • Identified 3D design opportunities
  • Explore how to originate ideas and develop them
  • Learned how to communicate your designs effectively in 2D and 3D
  • Developed a range of drawing techniques and technical skills
  • Produced a finished scaled model/presentation of your desig
  • Presented your finished design to the group for appraisal

Who is Introduction to 3D Design (Online) for
The course is perfect for new designers, students looking to improve their portfolio, or professionals wanting to revisit the basics, get a fresh perspective and learn new techniques.
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Why choose a CSM Online Short Course
Our online learning short courses allow you to experience Central Saint Martins wherever you are in the world. 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

Visit Frequently Asked Questions for further details about preparing for your online course, including any equipment you need.

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).

Available dates