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Postgraduate course

3D Design & Technologies MSc

Develop your technical skills and industry knowledge as you apply your creative flair

Student design work

Technology is reshaping how designers work. On our 3D Design and Technologies MSc you will learn to use equipment and software to realise your designs. This course will allow you to become an expert user of design technologies. You will complete projects across a range of design styles and industries. You will work with the York Business School to learn about the Design industry.

York campus

  • Duration – 1 year full-time
  • Start date – September 2022
  • School – School of the Arts

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 in a related discipline

    Interview You'll be invited to attend an interview and discuss your creative practice

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021-22 £6,500 full time

    International 2021-22 £12,750 full time

Course overview

Learn how to use a wide range of tools so that your designs are only limited by your imagination. Investigate new technologies and how they are changing the design industry.

On this course you will learn to design and create using a variety of processes. You will explore mediums such as digital craft and 3D modelling, and design for real and virtual spaces. You will learn transferable skills so that you can apply your talents across a range of design sectors.

Smart technologies are changing how we use space and interact with our surroundings. You will study these technologies and consider how they are changing the design industry. You will work with professional designers to create digital experience and learn from their knowledge. 

Working with York Business School will give you the knowledge and confidence to start your career. You will understand how to set up your own business. You will learn how to turn your creative talent into a fulfilling and successful career.

Course structure

Level 1


Credits: 30

Compulsory module

Using a variety of research processes, you will extract, teach, learn and apply human-centred techniques to tackle and solve problems in innovative ways. This is a field in which designers, manufacturers and service providers strive to achieve a greater understanding of the people for whom they are designing and offer solutions which influence everyday lives. World leading brands, such as Apple, Google, SONY and many others have adopted Design Thinking as part of their own culture for creating original solutions. Design Thinking helps you to question problems, assumptions and ramifications using an iterative process to observe and develop empathy for any given user group.

Credits: 15

Compulsory module

We aim to give you an appreciation for the importance of design processes in business. By investigating a selection of design companies, you will gain an understanding of design strategies and how they relate to brand, product and service. To do this you will conduct primary and secondary research and explore themes including:

  • Brand identity and marketing communications
  • Target audiences and unique selling points
  • Procedures for setting up a start-up company.

You will also hear from industry professionals who will share their own experiences of how design has benefited their businesses. 

Credits: 15

Compulsory module

Gain a greater understanding of how design is reshaping the future. Together, we will think about how technology is shaping the world of business and how designers are challenging established businesses to think differently. On the module, you will look at the concept of a Circular Economy and how employing this way of thinking can benefit businesses. You will also look at disruptive technologies and the challenges they present. Some of the technologies you will look at include: 

  • Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Renewable and Clean Energies
  • Smart Products and Wearable Technologies
  • Artificial Intelligence and Automation
  • Intelligent Apps.

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

Technology is moving at an exponential rate and it is the role of design to evolve alongside it. You will consider how technology is shaping the way designers are addressing problems and creating innovative solutions. Building upon previous modules, You will explore a myriad of technological advances within the interdisciplinary field of design. in doing so you will develop a greater appreciation of how advances in technology act as a catalyst for developing new artefacts that impact on today’s society.

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

This module challenges you to combine creativity with technical skill to develop something innovative. You will be encouraged to experiment and take risks in the development of your own personal voice. This may be an opportunity for you to develop a prototype that acts as a catalyst and foundation for your final Major Design Project.

Credits: 60

Compulsory module

In your final module, you will complete a Major Design Project, in which you will demonstrate your skills as an autonomous design practitioner and researcher. You will pursue your own direction and create either a personal imprint characterised by practical outcomes or document a comprehensive body of research that underpins your area of enquiry.

Teaching and assessment

The programme has been designed to meet the needs of students who have just finished Undergraduate courses and those who are returning to learning.

We understand design as a practice-based discipline that also reflects upon itself. We want you to understand the interactive relationship between media and processes, between ideas and issues, and between designer and consumer with attention to critical and contextual discourse. 

You will experience a range of teaching and learning strategies across the modules, including reflective, independent, collaborative and supported learning. You will benefit from workshops, visiting speakers, field visits, work-related learning, seminar discussions, supervised projects and supported online learning.

You will receive technical supervision to help your academic work and support you as you learn new skills.

Mock assessments and portfolio reviews will be employed throughout the course. Feedback will be given at key points during your studies to help you reflect and develop as a designer and prepare you for future modules.

Assessment will take a variety of forms including portfolio work, creative projects, presentation of visual works, research reports and case studies.

Entry requirements


Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 in a related discipline

    Interview You'll be invited to attend an interview and discuss your creative practice

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.


Entry onto this Master’s Degree requires a minimum of a 2:2 Undergraduate honours degree in a related discipline.

If your honours degree is not in a related discipline but you can provide a strong portfolio of visual work, your application will be considered.

If you're an international student, you'll need to demonstrate experience, or qualifications equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent (with no skill below 5.5).


Applicants are also invited for an interview.

At the interview you will be asked to:

  • Provide a creative proposal for what you may wish to undertake during the course.
  • Present a portfolio of work that demonstrates your existing and current project work, creative practices and skills.

We are happy to arrange interviews via Skype for overseas students.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU 2022 - 2023

The tuition fee for 2022 entry to this postgraduate course is £6,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £3,250 per year.

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities.

International (non-EU) 2022 - 2023

The tuition fee for 2022 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, international students on a Student Visa must be studying full-time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021-22 £6,500 full time

    International 2021-22 £12,750 full time

Alumni Scholarships

If you are an alumni of York St John University we have scholarships available to help you continue your studies.

Scholarships for Alumni

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.


View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.


Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

Apply for this course

You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full-time or part-time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

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