Graduates of this course work in a very wide variety of industries and disciplines. The modelmaking and effects industry is varied and fascinating.
The skills that it encourages are applicable to many other industries too. There are few courses that offer the range of experience that we can, and we have a very good reputation among those who are looking for reliable and well prepared graduates to employ. The annual New Blades graduate showcase, in London, is a popular event across the industry, offering a great opportunity for networking.
This course is designed and run to reflect the wide opportunities for graduates. Our philosophy of ensuring that graduates have a broad skill-set and professional outlook helps to maintain very high rates of graduate employment.
Graduates of this course have worked at the architectural practices of Foster + Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour, AHMM and many others. Films including Harry Potter, Thor, Captain America, Troy and Clash of the Titans have featured the work of AUB modelmaking graduates.
Recently students and graduates have been involved with:
- A tactile map designed for, and installed at, the Eden Project.
- Inflatable balloons for a Freeview TV advert.
- Modelmaking and effects for recent movies including, Star Wars, Assassins Creed & Skyfall.
- Architectural models exhibited at the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art.
- Architectural models for the Peter Cook exhibition “Crab by the Sea’.
- An internship with designers in Paris, Aardman Animation and others.
- Scale models of the Vostok capsule to support the launch of the book ‘Yuri’s Day’.
- Bronze bust of Hugh Verity for the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum.
- JWST model on display at the National Space Centre and on the NASA website.
- Development and wind tunnel models for Formula One teams.
Several of our graduates now work in education, where their knowledge of effective, safe and contemporary making is ideally suited to teaching craft, art and design at all levels.
Some examples of graduates’ successes are;
Lauren joined us with an interest in sustainability and product design. During the course she concentrated on improving her knowledge of natural and responsible materials. In Lauren’s final year she worked with the Eden Project to develop a tactile map which is now installed there. The project won the Dean’s Prize in 2010 and Lauren has since started a business to produce similar maps for others including the National Trust.
Lauren is currently managing a workshop for Timothy Richards in Bath, making high quality plaster models that are sought after worldwide.
Returning to university after previously studying product design and working in the architectural industry, Stuart focused on getting to know the character sculpting and toy industry. Networking with industry professionals as part of his studies here, he built up contacts that enabled him to understand how work is done ‘for real’. Stuart now works for Millennium Models, a London based modelmaking company specialising in architectural subjects.
Martin now manages the workshop at Spartan Games in Somerset. His experience from studying here helped him to improve the way that they design, mould and cast their products. During his studies Martin completed ‘live’ briefs for The National Trust and work experience with the ‘Borrowers’ movie that was made at the time. Martin graduated in 2009, winning an award at the New Blades exhibition that year that helped him to establish his career.
During his studies at AUB, Matt discovered his interest in CGI during our second year digital modelling unit. Specialising in digital modeling during his final year, Matt worked in the visual effects industry as soon as he graduated. Matt has won a BAFTA award for his work the TV documentary series ‘Fight for Life’.
Peter Tindall – www.imdb.com/name/nm1706531/
Pete graduated from AUB in 2003 and has since specialised in prothetic make-up and effects. Pete has worked for Millennium Effects and a wide range of productions including Batman Begins, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Wolfman. He has developed and taught SFX Make-up courses for The National Film and Television School and has now returned to AUB as a Lecturer on our Make-up for Media and Performance course.
Diane Teage – Foster + Partners
Diane graduated in 1996 and has helped to develop the course as her own career has progressed. She played an important part in recent re validation of the course as a representative of the modelmaking industry. As a partner at Foster + Partners, Diane has responsibility for running one of the architectural industry’s most prestigious modelmaking workshops.