The course is structured to provide students with a good introduction to the tools and materials used by professional modelmakers before providing opportunity to practice these skills and build a varied portfolio of work.
The first year begins by introducing the fundamentals before brief studies of the major disciplines in which modelmakers work. The second year concentrates on understanding the professional world and the reasons for making models. The final year of study is an opportunity to build a focused, or broad, portfolio ready for graduation and a rewarding future career.
As students progress they have more and more freedom to choose the focus of their studies. With guidance from staff, third year students are expected to be able to choose appropriate things to make with greater autonomy.
Modelmakers often work with other students at AUB on collaborative projects. An annual collaborative project with BA (Hons) Architecture recreates an architectural competition, modelmaking students helping architects to develop and communicate their ideas. Masks, costumes and other details are often made with the collaboration of BA (Hons) Costume and BA (Hons) Fashion. BA (Hons) Animation develop many characters and storyboards that are realised by modelmaking students.
Study is divided across taught hours, studio and/or work environment time, and independent study. Excellent professional and technical support is available and students are encouraged to experiment and work collaboratively on self-initiated projects. We expect students to spend an average of 40 hours per week on their studies, although it is likely that these hours will vary throughout the academic year.
The course is broken down into the following formats of study: