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3D Design: Model Making for the Creative Industries HND

(SCQF level 8)

Design Crafts & Graphic Arts, Faculty of Creative Industries

Applications closed

Mode of Study

Full-time

Start Date

28th Aug 2017, 2 years

28th Aug 2017, 2 years

Location

City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome

Overview

This Model Making course is aimed at students who have some practical skills in crafts, art and design and who have an interest in working in the fields of model or prop making for TV, film and theatre, architecture, product design, prototypes, museums, cosplay etc.

You'll develop skills in the design and construction of a wide variety of types of model through project-based units designed to be relevant to future employment and study routes. Projects are varied to cater for a broad range of interests and to allow as much individual creative input as possible. In addition, by the end of the course you will be encouraged to have a strong online presence to facilitate networking within the industry.

The dedicated course lecturers bring many years of wide ranging commercial model making experience to the college and have been continually updating and developing the course over the last 10 years. You'll work on projects independently or in groups. Teaching will be through class discussion and demonstrations and one-to-one tutorials in practical and design tasks, with individual feedback, guidance and support.

Links to relevant companies and practitioners are encouraged and industry guest speakers and visits are frequently arranged. At the end of the course, selected students have the opportunity to show their work at the annual model making trade show in London.

Students from this course have gone on to study at degree level, gone directly into employment with some of the country’s most prestigious companies e.g. Sir Norman Foster Architects or found success as freelance model makers in various niche markets.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit: www.scqf.org.uk/the-framework/.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • NC Model Making, or a NC in a related discipline, OR
  • One Higher from Art, Design & Manufacture, Product Design or Graphic Communication and English at National 5 level, OR
  • Related work experience.

You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview, where you'll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in the subject. At the interview you're asked to bring your best examples of both 2D and 3D art and design work, in original, photographic or portfolio form.

What you study

Projects will cover many areas of commercial model making such as props and sets for TV, film and theatre, architectural, product, prototype, display, museum etc.

You'll develop your model making skills using a wide variety of traditional hand-tools and specialist equipment and materials in dedicated workshops. There will also be the opportunity to use 2D and 3D software linked to laser cutting and 3D printing. The emphasis will be on design creativity, high-quality making skills, problem solving and time management.

 

 

 

After the course

Careers

Many graduates work as model makers all over the world, including New Zealand, Dubai and Australia.

Continuing study

Successful students can progress on to:

  • BA in Model Making/Effects/Creative – various universities (direct entry to 2nd year)
  • BA Production Arts & Design – Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

OR

  • Apprenticeships/internships with e.g. modelmaking companies

OR

  • Freelance work

 

Teaching

How the course is taught

The course consists of a series of projects which you will undertake through from initial brief to final model. The projects are designed to develop your skills in research, investigation, concept development, sketching, drawing and presentation artwork, leading to the construction, assembly and finishing of your completed models.

The course lecturers bring many years of commercial experience to the college and will provide guidance and support in practical and design tasks through class discussion, demonstrations and one-to-one tutorials.

Assessment methods

  • Graded Units in first and second years.
  • Successful completion of all course credits.
  • Continuous formative assessment.
  • Individual project deadlines.

Additional Information

Materials

Basic hand toolkit useful – fully equipped workshops available for student use. 
Standard construction materials supplied – specialist materials purchased by students as required.

Dress code

Health and Safety requirements only.

  • Mode of Study:
    Full-time
  • Start Date:
    28th Aug 2017, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome