Modelmaking Skills for Designers and Architects

Course Overview

An intermediate-level course, designed to further your experience of professional modelmaking techniques. This course will build on your basic skills and introduce the approaches and techniques used by professionals.

Alongside practical modelmaking, you will be challenged to engage in ‘Design Thinking’, and to experience the use of modelmaking and prototyping as part of this valuable approach to design.

Taught by Will Strange, a professional modelmaker and senior lecturer in design at AUB, you will be guided through a series of exercises to explore a range of different models.

Each exercise has been designed to build to a portfolio of work that will demonstrate your knowledge and confidence.

From props and sets to architectural models, sculpted figures to rubber faces, you will be challenged to produce professional models working in a rewarding, fun and vibrant environment.


  • Accurate foam cutting and shaping
  • Architectural modelmaking
  • Design Thinking
  • Using 3D modelling software (basics)
  • Laser cutting


Spring term 2018: 

Saturday 20th January
Saturday 3rd February
Saturday 17th February
Saturday 3rd March
Saturday 17th March


Will Strange

Course Aims

To build on basic techniques that you may know from the ‘Introduction to Modelmaking’ course. To develop knowledge and experience of professional modelmaking.

The course is an insight into the aspects of modelmaking that are valuable to the disciplines of product / industrial design and architectural / interior design.
Throughout the course you will develop your skills and practice the demonstrated methods.
At the end of the course, basic studio photography will be demonstrated, enabling your work to be recorded as an addition to your portfolio.
To build a portfolio of work suitable for application to BA (Hons) Modelmaking, BA (Hons) Design or similar degree courses.

Course Outcomes & Assessment

The goal of this course is to give the student a comprehensive overview, understanding and hands-on experience of modelmaking as it my be used by designers and architects.
By the end of the course you will have a greater understanding of some of the most commonly used 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.

Entry Requirements

This course is designed for those who may possess a basic knowledge of modelmaking already, and want to improve their technique, and / or build a portfolio for job / university applications.

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

What you need to bring

A basic tool kit will be needed for the course (scalpel, steel rules, engineers squares and a cutting mat are recommended as a minimum)
Basic materials will be provided for this course. If you wish to expand or customise your models, you may need to source (with guidance) more specialist materials.

Course Material

All additional course materials are included in the course fee.

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