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Fantasy Creature Sculpture

Closely linked to, or as a follow-on course from, 3D Modelmaking – Concept to Construction, join this unique and fascinating 12-week hands-on course that focusses on the creation of fantasy creatures.

Course overview

This practical 12-week course begins in the spring term. Please see the specific term dates below.


Monday 16 January – Monday 3 April 2023

Duration and times

12 Mondays 18.00–21.00


James Taberner



Class capacity


Course details

This course offers you the opportunity to discover many aspects of creature design and maquette fabrication, exploring the exciting and immersive routes this subject can offer that will help to introduce and improve skills a sculptor and maker.

Your tutor will use their experience, technical skills, and industry knowledge to guide you through a series of intensive evening classes introducing the complete process from concept to realisation.

You’ll receive demonstrations in armature making, massing out your sculpture, posing your creature, painting, and many other techniques. Alongside these demonstrations you'll begin to develop your own designs, with full support from your tutor and on the spot guidance in all areas of the process to allow you to create and complete a body of work.

The course will be interspersed with thought- provoking talks on the history of creature design and the use of our world as inspiration, which will help you to develop and gain a valuable understanding, appreciation and industry insight.

This course is ideal for anyone wishing to enter this specialist field of modelmaking in the industry or those who have academic aspirations to apply to study BA (Hons) Modelmaking.

  • Creature design elements – conceptualisation
  • Armature making
  • Sculpting
  • Texturing
  • Finishing touches and fabrication

This course is delivered by James Taberner, a freelance artist and model maker.

Find out more by clicking the profile below.

James Taberner - Fantasy Creature Sculpture

James Taberner

James Taberner, a freelance artist and modelmaker

  • To provide a comprehensive understanding of this specialist field
  • To provide an in-depth understanding of the specialist materials and processes involved in the creation of creature concept and development
  • To develop your thought making process and creative potential
  • To provide the necessary specialist skills and techniques to work independently
  • To allow you to build pieces for portfolio inclusion

  • Your tutor will set mid-week assignments for research and to complete your designs in preparation for practical class exercises
  • Upon the completion of this unique course you'll have a primary understanding of creature design and basic sculpting practises to help you create your own masterpieces in the future
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate get in touch with the course team at

There are no academic entry requirements, however a keen interest in fantasy creature, special effects and modelmaking is beneficial. Suitable for budding fantasy creators aged 18+.

Equipment and the majority of consumables will be provided however you'll need to bring:

  • Sculpting tools (such as dental tools)
  • A camera to record the process of your work in stages

Please note, your tutor shall discuss the equipment with you in your first session and provide further guidance.

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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If you have any questions about our Evening and Saturday Short Courses, you may find the answers in 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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