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3D Modelmaking – Concept to Construction

This new extended 15-week modelmaking course will provide you with valuable and specialist insight into the world of professional modelmaking. You will discover the processes, materials and techniques used to create amazing models, landscapes and sculptures.

Course overview


Autumn term
Thursday 7 October – 9 December 2021

Continuation in Spring term
Thursday 27 January – 24 February 2022

15 Thursday evenings 18.00-21.00


Takara Dancy
Mhairi Salmon (assisting)


Course details

The course encourages complete beginners or those with some previous experience to develop a broad-based set of essential skills, giving you the opportunity to develop a number of personal projects supported by a team of dedicated, knowledgeable and friendly industry professionals.

Taught by specialist tutor, Takara Dancy, students will explore the world of professional modelmaking starting from basic architecture models, sculpting, moulding and casting, dioramas, etc. During the course students will have the time and opportunity to create a different model each week or continue with larger, more ambitious projects, using newfound essential and key industry skills.

You will have the chance to experiment and work with a variety of standard and specialist materials used in the construction of models and be encouraged to use resins, silicones, plastics and polymer clays. The Course tutors will guide you through set exercises each week, alongside demonstrations and presentations of prepared examples from sculpting, sets, architectural models, moulding figures to miniature landscapes. You will be challenged to produce professional models working in a rewarding, fun and vibrant environment.

This course is ideal for those who are considering working within the specialist field of modelmaking as a career choice and for those looking to study this subject, who may choose to apply to AUB’s BA (Hons) Modelmaking course.

  • Sculpting
  • Mould making
  • Casting
  • Architectural Modelmaking
  • Scale Landscapes
  • Hard and Soft-edged models
  • Personal projects

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Takara Dancy

Takara has been working as a freelance model maker and sculptor for several national companies and has a varied collection of skills.

  • To provide an introduction to the wide and varied practice of Modelmaking
  • To provide an insight into the many different aspects and specialist techniques of commercial Modelmaking
  • The opportunity to create your own models and develop your skills and practice in the demonstrated methods
  • To support understanding of the different areas of Modelmaking, providing each student with the opportunity to make and evidence new skills and techniques acquired

  • The goal of this course is to give the student a comprehensive overview, understanding and hands-on experience of the commercial world of modelmaking
  • By the end of the course you will have a greater understanding of some of the most commonly used techniques within modelmaking and experienced hands-on practice of these techniques
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course Certificate of Attendance detailing course contents, and study hours

This course is designed for those new to the world of Modelmaking or those who want to refresh and hone their skills.

Basic materials will be provided for this course however; you may need to purchase larger quantities of specialist materials depending on the scale of the models produced.

All additional course materials are included in the course fee.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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How to Enrol

Looking to book onto one of our Evening and Saturday courses? You’ll find everything you need to book your place here.

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Short Courses Booking Terms and Conditions

Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking onto our Evening and Weekend courses.

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