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Fantasy Creature Sculpture

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

Course overview


Spring term
Monday 24 January – 11 April 2022

12 Monday evenings 18.00-21.00


Takara Dancy



Course details

Delivered by leading creature design specialist, Takara Dancy, a freelance model maker and sculptor, she possesses a diverse collection of specialist skills including sculpting, CAD modelling, 3D printing, moulding and casting.

The course offers students 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 as an independent thinker and designer.

Your tutor will use her technical skills and industry knowledge to guide you through a series of intensive evening classes introducing the whole process from concept to realisation. She will give demonstrations into armature making, blocking out your sculpture, posing your creature, painting and many other techniques. Alongside these demonstrations you will begin to develop your own designs, with support from your tutor providing you with on the spot guidance in all areas of the process to allow you to create and complete a body of work.

Students will explore and be encouraged to work with a variety of standard and specialist materials used in the construction of creature designs. Guided through set exercises each week, alongside demonstrations and showing of prepared examples from sculpting, moulding to fine-detail finishing touches – you will be challenged to produce professional grade creations working in a rewarding, fun and vibrant environment.

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 those wishing to enter this specialist field of modelmaking in the industry or those who have academic aspirations for applying to our BA (Hons) Modelmaking programme.

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

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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 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 will 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 detailing course contents, and study hours

There are no academic entry requirements, however a keen interest in fantasy creature, special effects and modelmaking is desired.

Equipment and the majority of consumables will be available however you will need to bring:

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

(N.B. Your tutor shall discuss these items with you on your first session)

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

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