HND 3D Design candidate information

HND 3D Design.The HND 3D Design develops the range of design disciplines introduced in the HNC. You will have the opportunity to develop specialist skills and in-depth knowledge in one of the following key areas of specialised study: Exhibition Design; Furniture Design; Interior Design; Model Making; Product Design.

You will also have the opportunity to further develop the following skills: fluency in drawing the language of the designer; understanding of design as a problem solving activity; ability to arrive at and evaluate design proposals; knowledge of the stages of developing design solutions from conception to final production drawings/3D work; proficiency in the production of design drawings/3D work; proficiency in IT skills in specialist software; professional presentation of design work, including visual, oral and written material; understanding of the links between creativity and drawing; understanding of the significance of health and safety; the ability to research and synthesise information relevant to the design activity; the ability to make well reasoned evaluation of design work; time management.

Employment and progression opportunities

The HND could lead to employment opportunities in: Interior Design practices; Architectural practices; Product Design practices; Product Development companies; Exhibition Design companies; Model Making companies; Theatre or film production; Design consultancies.

The HND offers a wide range of routes to higher education. Depending on the HE Institution, candidates with an HND may obtain entry to 2nd year or 3rd year of degree programmes. Entry usually depends on satisfactory UCAS references and portfolio of design work. The creative design work produced during your HND course will contribute to a comprehensive portfolio.


Access to this group award will be at the discretion of the centre, depending on your qualifications. Normally, one or more of the following would be desirable:

  • HNC 3 D Design
  • An appropriate grouping of SQA National Units and courses in relevant areas at Higher level, eg Art and Design or the National Certificate in Art and Design at SCQF level 6, National Progression Awards in art/design related areas or Advanced Highers (SCQF level 7) in related subjects
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme Access courses in Art and Design or similar
  • GCE A level in Art and Design related subjects and other relevant GCE awards

To achieve the HND in 3D Design you will need 30 credits. Candidates would therefore be expected to have achieved the HNC in 3D Design with a minimum of 12 credits after Year 1 for entry to year 2.

Candidates with qualifications in a related field, eg, HNC Art and Design, HNC Computer Arts & Design may also be able to access Year 2 through APL (Accreditation of Prior Learning), credit transfer or accelerated assessment.