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Modelmaking Welcome Guide

Preparing for your course

We're delighted that you've chosen to join our creative community at Arts University Bournemouth. We can't wait to see what you'll create.

Welcome to BA (Hons) Modelmaking

This welcome pack is designed to give you an idea of what to expect during the first weeks of your course. Please take the time to read it carefully and take particular note of the pre-course preparation. The team and I hope that you'll enjoy a happy and productive time with us and look forward to meeting you in October.

A message from your Course Leader

Welcome to the start of your journey towards becoming a professional modelmaker.

You're joining a course with an excellent reputation built on many years of graduate successes. Our students and graduates are renowned for their diverse skills, professional attitude and high standard of work.

We encourage you to be inquisitive, experimental and hard-working in return the course will reward your commitment with an extraordinary range of opportunities.

You may want to visit (in person or virtually) exhibitions, galleries and perhaps modelmaking companies to inspire you as you begin your modelmaking study.

Check out the summer project brief and get making!

We look forward to meeting you.

– Paul Johnson, Course Leader

Before you join us

The U-Shop

Design and make a model of a shop front with window display and (or) interior.

The shop should represent who you are, consider the following as influences for your design:

  • Your interests
  • Your opinions
  • Your history
  • Your dreams and ambitions

You can choose to represent a conventional shop or something more fantastical, but it needs to be recognisable as a shop. What would your shop sell? Goods? A service? Something abstract?

The images below show examples of shop front models. Your model can be based on any style of building you choose. You don’t have to represent the accommodation above the shop but you can if you wish. You don't need to worry about scale, but the model should fit inside a shoebox with the lid on. You can use any materials; card, foam board, printed paper, wood, clay, paint.

How to submit your summer project

You'll submit your models on arrival at campus. Your models will be used as a starting point for a team project during induction week. Please contact us if you have any questions.

The Library here at AUB is extremely well resourced and includes all key texts that you'll need. The list below indicates the key texts that will be useful throughout your studies, all of these are available from the Library at AUB. You might want to borrow a copy from your local library to look at before you arrive. A comprehensive reading list will be provided at the beginning of each unit.

As a way of an introduction to the theory of making we recommend that you read the following books:

  • Neat, D. (2008) Model-making: Materials and Methods. Ramsbury: The Crowood Press
  • Sennett, R. (2009) The Craftsman. London: Penguin
  • Sudjic, D. (2009) The Language of Things. London: Penguin

Current student work

Have a look through some of the work our current students are producing to get an idea of the type of work you may be making on our course.

What to bring on your first day

On your first day, you just need to bring in a pen and a notebook.

We have some exciting projects and activities planned for you during induction week that will help you to get to know each other and to settle into your new workplace. Prepare to get to get your hands dirty because Modelmaking starts on Day One!

AUB offers a Modelmaking toolkit which you'll need to purchase. This is compulsory as it includes specialist tools and safety equipment needed for the first term and is essential for your workshop inductions. You can order your AUB Modelmaking toolkit on the AUB online store. The items listed below are subject to change.

Please be aware we can only sell the toolkits as a whole and we're unable to sell individual items:

  • Maker’s Manual
  • Vernier Caliper
  • Steel rules
  • Personal Protection Equipment: air respirator, goggles, ear defenders, dust masks, gloves
  • Engineers’ square and V block
  • Scalpel handle, blades and remover
  • Sculpting tools
  • Combination pliers
  • Metal leaf and spoon sculpting tool
  • Clamps
  • Junior hacksaw and blades
  • Precision drill bits
  • Needle files
  • Scissors
  • Palette knife
  • PZ (‘Pozidrive’) screwdriver
  • Sundries kit including: glues, tapes, plastic primer and silicone.
  • 24-litre Really Useful box

We'd recommend that over the three years of your course you ‘grow’ your toolkit.

We suggest the following tools would be valuable additions in your first year:

  • Toolbox
  • Retractable Stanley knife
  • A pair of overalls or similar for messy work
  • Sculpting tools (metal dentist tools)

To join this course, you'll need to bring your own Windows-based computer or laptop to AUB to support online learning, collaboration and communication whilst at university.

We provide access to a range of free software and discounts on Apple and Dell hardware. We recommend that you wait until you've set up your AUB IT account to access this free software and discounted hardware if you're planning on investing in a new computer.

Even if your course doesn't specifically use Adobe Creative Cloud, we'd recommend that you try to make sure your computer is able to run this software.

We recommend that you format any external hard drives/USB sticks to work on both Apple and Windows.

Please note, the course computers are Windows-based.

The course uses Microsoft Office, Adobe, Autodesk, Sketch-Up, Rhino 3D, ZBrush, Solidworks. A computer capable of running this software is recommended. Much of our software is only supported on Windows.

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We’re delighted for you to join us at AUB – we can’t wait to see what you’ll create.

Two university buildings with square shaped trees in front of them.

Next Steps

Find out the useful dates and contact before you start here.

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