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Authentic Cosplay, Props and Replicas

This one-week unique specialist workshop provides you with the opportunity to explore the world of cosplay, props and replica construction, and create your own pieces.

To book your place today, simply click 'Book Now' to be taken to AUB's secure online store where you can complete your booking.

What you need to know

Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August 2023

9.30-16.30

At the point of booking you can choose to add accommodation and/or our popular half-board catering package. See below for the cost of different options.

Course only

£874

Course fee plus accommodation

£1,124

Course fee plus accommodation and half-board catering package

£1,199

  • Durable clothing that you don’t mind getting messy
  • Closed/covered safety shoes or boots

  • All course materials and resources
  • Access to industry-standard software, equipment and studio spaces

To take advantage of our economically priced accommodation, simply select the appropriate accommodation and/or half-board catering option when you book your place.

Accommodation includes

  • Single study bedroom with private en-suite bathroom in AUB Halls of Residence, situated on AUB's campus
  • Halls of Residence Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour on-site security staff and live-in AUB residential staff (help is available 24/7)

Take a look at AUB’s Halls of Residence, just click on the Campus Halls option.

Half-board catering package includes

  • Half-board catering (breakfast and lunch)
  • Single study bedroom with private en-suite bathroom in AUB Halls of Residence, situated on AUB's campus
  • Halls of Residence Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour on-site security staff and live-in AUB residential staff (help is available 24/7)

Take a look at AUB’s Halls of Residence, just click on the Campus Halls option.

  • All specialist tools, equipment and course materials are included in your course fee
  • Come away with the ability to build and design your own replicas, models and cosplay outfits/props
  • Develop an understanding of the spectrum of costumes within the cosplay world, including ease of transportation of costumes and their wearability
  • Gain hands-on experience creating different textures using multiple materials
  • Build a range of samples and the construction of a major finished piece
  • Receive expert support and guidance from a practising professional artist, including feedback on your ideas and work
  • The opportunity to network and share ideas with other students from around the globe
  • Access AUB's industry-standard studio spaces, including the specialist equipment and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Leave with skills and foundations that you can use at home to continue creating beyond this course
  • Study alongside up to 12 like-minded students and have fun

About this course

Building on our highly successful and reputable BA (Hons) Modelmaking course, we're proud to offer you this exciting new and unique one-week workshop specialising in cosplay, props and replica construction.

The course starts with an introduction into the diverse genres and cultures in replica construction, where you'll be introduced to examples of the different assembly methods, appearances, and often the highly guarded industry secrets of manufacturing techniques in making credible and highly realistic cosplay pieces and props.

During this immersive and highly practical course you'll develop the essential skills necessary to construct costumes, props and replicas using a wide variety of media and materials, working with specialist foam, card, 3D printed parts and other materials to complement the articles you wish to make.

You're encouraged to bring your own concepts or design ideas, but this is not essential. Throughout the course you'll learn how to apply authentic finishing touches to enable you to produce unique and creative functional items to display or use at conventions, such as ComicCon, and other similar events.

At the end of each day, you will receive formative feedback to measure your progress as individuals and as a group. Additional talks will be provided, where you will learn about the different disciplines within the cosplay arena, including information about prop/replica production and the associated industries.

  • Sketching templates
  • Concept and design techniques
  • Eva-foam texturing, assembling, and finishing
  • Finishing 3D printed props
  • Card modelling concepts
  • Tool making concepts
  • Experimentation with multiple materials

The minimum age for this course is 18 years.

This is an introductory course; therefore, there are no formal academic entry requirements. Whilst possessing previous experience constructing models and props is beneficial, no previous understanding or experience is necessary, although an interest in cosplay, replica and prop making is desirable. Good hand-eye co-ordination is beneficial.

Please get in touch with us if you wish to check your suitability for the course.

All course materials and resources, software and equipment is included in your course fee.

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate email the team at shortcourses@aub.ac.uk.

After this course you could:

  • Study a 3D Design and Modelmaking short course to expand your modelmaking and creative skills further
  • Continue to harness your creativity; explore our full range of evening and weekend courses courses to see where your creative journey will take you next
  • Use your new skills to further your career or change direction
  • Continue to develop your skills at home as a hobby
  • Use your new skills to create a cosplay outfit and props to take to a convention, contribute to a production or wear to a fancy dress party

  • You'll study at a leading specialist university – so we know what we're doing when it comes to providing unparalleled courses
  • Your tutor, Matthew Stamp, is an industry professional, so you'll learn from the best
  • We cater for all abilities and have no formal entry requirements for this course, so there's nothing holding you back
  • You'll learn in a safe and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • Benefit from our incredible campus and its industry-standard studios, plus use state-of-the-art equipment and software to unleash your creativity
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Meet your tutor

Matthew Stamp

Matthew Stamp

Your Authentic Cosplay, Props and Replicas tutor, Matthew Stamp, is a modelmaking professional with 10+ years' experience in the industry.

Example cosplay pieces and props

See below for a selection of examples of the type of work you'll undertake on this course. You'll explore the full spectrum of cosplay as well as develop skills to create props and replica pieces to complement your cosplay outfits.

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