Staff on the course

Paul Johnson

MA Museum Studies, Certificate in Education HE, HND Modelmaking and Design


Paul is the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Modelmaking at AUB. He joined the university following a long and varied career as a professional modelmaker. His professional experience spanned across many disciplines within modelmaking. His career began in Architectural Modelmaking at the Richard Rogers Partnership and moved on into areas of product design, product development, prototyping, TV advertising, Film SFX, digital animation, exhibition, interactive design and finally setting up his own company focusing on the Museum & Heritage sector.

As course leader Paul is responsible for supporting third year students and, as with the rest of the team, he teaches across all levels.

Paul has a keen interest in the museum and heritage sector, leadership and the use of technology, while his practical skills range from traditional sculpting through to digital modelling. Throughout his career Paul has embraced all aspects of making and has sought to maintain this ethos and approach within the curriculum.

Professional practice

Paul continues to maintain currency in his knowledge of Model conservation, 3D scanning, photogrammetry, additive and subtractive manufacturing.

Paul and his team have improved efficiency through the design, prototyping and successful use of an assessment and feedback database. This has in turn prompted the development of other database driven projects to support teaching and course management in higher education.

Paul’s external academic practice includes:

Four years of external examining for BA (Hons) Modelmaking, Design and Digital Effects at IADT

External Assessor for BA (Hons) 3D Effects for Performance and Fashion Review at UAL

External academic expert : Programme Validation for , BA (Hons.) in Model Making, Design and Digital Effects at IADT

Other training includes the following certificated courses:
Machine Workshop Health & Safety
Advanced use of Wood Workshop Machinery
Advanced Solid Works
Advanced 3D Studio Max
Health & Safety in HE (ASET)
Advanced Life Sculpting
Grass Hopper Parametric Modelling
Advanced Rhino 3D
Introduction to MAYA
Disability Awareness (Dyspraxia)

Professional memberships

  • Association of Professional Model Makers
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