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3D Design: Model Making for the Creative Industries (Year 2 Direct Entry) HND

(SCQF level 8)

Design, Creative Industries

Applications closed

Mode of Study


Start Date

28th Aug 2023, 2 years


City Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    This course will help you develop multiple skills and knowledge of materials and processes relevant to the Model Making Industry, whether for film/TV props, miniatures, prototyping, engineering, architecture, or exhibition models.

    As part of the course, previous students have had the opportunity to work with live clients throughout the UK and Europe and have made industry visits to London, Liverpool, Manchester, Barcelona and beyond.

    This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

    Entry requirements

    Minimum entry requirements

    • HNC 3D Design: Model Making for the Creative Industries; OR
    • First year HND 3D Design: Model Making for the Creative Industries.

    Additional selection requirements

    • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area or we'll make an offer based on your application form.
    • You'll be asked to bring your best examples of both 2D and 3D art and design work, in original, photographic or portfolio form.

    ESOL entry requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

    What you study

    You'll take projects from research to a final model, using concepts, sketch design, maquettes and presentation artwork to support your finished model.

    You'll have the opportunity to develop your 2D skills using traditional and CAD packages, as well as a wide variety of hand-tools and specialist equipment in the dedicated workshops. You'll be involved in the development of numerous design projects from start to finish, with an emphasis on the production of 3D work. You’ll also use a laser cutter to produce architectural and product prototypes.

    After the course


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

    Continuing Study

    Previous students have gone directly into the second year at university to study Model Making Design and a range of related courses at BA (Hons) level.


    How the course is taught

    The course will be delivered using a blended learning model.

    You will learn through a mixture of face to face and online teaching, using the college virtual learning environment (VLE)

    Practical elements of the course will continue where possible to be delivered on campus in specialist rooms and workshops. Activity on campus will be in smaller focused groups within safe working environments. You should expect to be in the college for part of the week.

    Remote (online) learning will be used for subjects that are more suited to this type of teaching.  Students will need access to a computer or device for this type of learning and access to the internet*.  Resources and learning materials will all be available through the VLE although this will still be tutor led.


    *Students with no access to computer or wifi at home will be given alternative options to allow online studying to be possible.

    • Mode of Study:
    • Start Date:
      28th Aug 2023, 2 years
    • Location:
      City Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome