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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) 3D Design: New Practice Nanyang

Academic Year: 2017/18

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, English and Drama
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 Design at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore). Offers are made on the basis of interview, portfolio and an IELTS English Language score of 6.5 or equivalent. Other qualifications and experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 05 Jul 2017 15:56:02 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To develop intellectually stimulating learning through the study and practice of 3D craft and design.
  • To foster interdisciplinary debate through critical thinking, making and writing.
  • To develop and utilise a range of methodologies and skills, including established and emerging studio techniques and apply relevant contextual and theoretical knowledge.
  • To recognise the significance of contemporary 3D craft and design within the global arena and marketplace.
  • To encourage students to challenge disciplinary boundaries through innovation, self-reflection and contextualisation.
  • To provide a high quality honours programme to create a confident, independent and employable graduate.


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

  • The Benchmark Statement for Art and Design
  • The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
  • The QAA Policy Statement on a structured and supported process for personal development

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 facilitate in a variety of workshop processes and studio methods and to place these in the context of current social and educational 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 in relation to a variety of methodologies.
  • Appreciate the potential for a creative relationship with industry from manufacturers to gallery outlets, at various levels of the 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 various of challenges within contemporary 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

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level module assessments.

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