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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) 3D Design New Practice Nanyang

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different) Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
Owning school/department School of the Arts - pre 2017
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BA (Hons)
Programme title 3D Design New Practice
Programme code NYUB35
Length of programme The duration of the Programme is two semesters on a full time basis
UCAS code n/a
Admissions criteria

Direct entry to the final year is available to students who successfully complete the Diploma course in 3D Studies at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

Offers are made on the basis of interview and portfolio.

Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:58:57 BST

1. Programme Aims

•          To provide students with the opportunity to work across the programmes diversity, illustrating a variety of ways in which they can work to generate new ways of thinking – new practice.

•           To give students the opportunity to explore the relationships and variety of individual approaches through craftsmanship, design, production and theory.

•           To generate an atmosphere of experimentation and critical debate, as a means to develop 3Dimensional ideas through a diversity of skills, methodologies and processes.

•           To develop practical skills and the confidence to pursue a breadth of processes; modelling, fabrication, moulding and construction through a variety of techniques and materials.

•           To promote a framework of experience that allows the student to make informed decisions based on a global perspective about their future directions and aspirations.

•           To enable students to engage with the broader contextual and international issues of: Society and Culture, the Industry, the Market, the Economy, the Environment and the many Ethical considerations relating to their role as practitioners and designers with cross cultural capabilities.

•           To provide a high quality honours programme in 3D that maximises students’ understanding of the profession and enhances employment opportunities.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

The programme engages with a broad range of interests on the basis that professional practitioners within the field of 3Dimensional design benefit from expertise in diverse media and techniques. The nature of this programme provides a practical and reflective experience of the subject and a rounded knowledge and understanding that helps students determine their role as designers and aid their professional development in a competitive globally led environment.

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of developing new and traditional skills to participate in a variety of workshop processes and studio methods and to place this in context of current developments in society and the education environment.
  • Articulate a range of contexts - cultural, social and theoretical, demonstrated through production of 3D design work and making skills.
  • Articulate, through project requirements; the creative possibilities of form making; through a variety of methodologies.
  • Appreciate the potential for a creative relationship with the industry: from manufacturers to gallery outlets, at various levels of the international market: from retail to the specific requirements of an individual.
  • Demonstrate conceptual underpinning and resolution of a variety of project challenges.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Initiate their studio and workshop practice appropriate to specific project briefings and the nature of their enquiry.
  • Demonstrate a broad and comparative understanding of their discipline and apply a suitable methodology to realise their creative goals.
  • Articulate a reasoned response to critical analysis and identify issues for further research, both theoretical and applied from an international perspective.
  • Develop the requirements of a project brief through confident decision-making regarding material, processes and technique.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate skill in developing ideas visually through developmental drawing to presentation.
  • Exploit a variety of materials, fabrication methods, manufacturing techniques and processes.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of quality relative to means of production.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate information technology skills in word processing, and the appropriate computer software applications with which to develop design and practice.
  • Manage self-learning and be able to apply working methods relative to the variety of challenges within contemporary international 3D design practice.
  • Communicate ideas succinctly and coherently, verbally and through written and visual aids.
  • Accurately communicate requests regarding technical assistance, workshop procedure and safe working practice.
  • Appreciate the value of diversity of language and culture.

4. Programme structure

Part C - Degree Modules


4.1    Semester 1

            COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight:60)








Consolidating Interests





Art and  Design Dissertation


1 & 2




4.2    Semester 2

            COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight:60)








3D Design Major Project





5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must not only satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX but also:

- In order to qualify for the award of a Degree, candidates must have accumulated 120 credits in part C.


Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XX for candidates who have the right of re-assessment.

Reassessment will not be allowed in the Special Assessment Period (SAP) if;

  • candidates have accumulated fewer than 60 credits
  • candidates have gained a mark of less than 30 in NYC311

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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