Visual Effects & Model Making

Why should you study Visual Effects & Model Making?*

This programme has been developed directly with our industry partners who include Visual Effects Artists, Miniature Effects Designers and Model Makers.

This programme explores the development of employable skills for a host of industries and will develop both traditional and digital skills through a programme of study where students are working alongside experienced  industry professionals. The programme is supported by some of the most talented model makers in the industry.

BA (Hons)  Visual Effects & Model Making*

UCAS Code W614

UCAS Tariff 96 (2018 start) | 112 (2019 start)

Duration Three years

BA (Hons) Visual Effects and Model Making is predominantly aimed at the growing film and TV industry, which is hungry for the practical skills this programme will facilitate. However the skills undergraduates explore on the programme are pertinent to a whole host of other industries, which include Animation, Architecture, Product Design, Advertising, Exhibition Design, Heritage and Theme parks.

*subject to validation

Even the glamorous Formula One racing teams employ model makers in the development and building of their cars. Also Digital Model Making or CGI using software such as 3ds max is often used in Illustration and graphic design as well as all the other industries listed here.

  • Architectural Model Making,
  • Model Making and Design for Theatre.
  • Film and TV prop making.
  • Prototyping for Industrial Designers
  • Puppet and Character development for stop frame animation
  • Interactive Exhibition Models
  • Animatronics and Automata for exhibition and TV
  • Character Design
  • Photographic props for advertising
  • Concept models for the games industry

What will you study on Visual Effects & Model Making?

In your first year (Level Four) you will explore:

  • Research Studies
  • Drawing for Creative Development
  • Workshop practice
  • Visual Development
  • Digital Creative Development
  • Traditional Creative Development

In your second year (Level Five) you will develop:

  • Professional Practice
  • Action Props
  • Transformative Techniques
  • Workshop Practice
  • Digital Development
  • Professional Consolidation

In your third year (Level Six) you will produce:

  • Project Research and Preparation
  • Final Major Project
  • Dissertation/Report
  • Final Show and Portfolio

You will work on high profile projects for real-life customers, who in the past have included:
Sheridan Design
The Theatre Royal Newcastle
Madame Tussauds London
LYO Theatre Leeds.


Our industry standard studio facilities include individual work stations for all students with access to drawing boards and IT facilities. Alongside this are model making workshops where you will realise your ideas as 3D models using both traditional and digital media. Large scale construction, scenic painting and moulding and casting workshops support your creative ambitions throughout the programme. These are key areas where you will develop your employable skills which the industry needs. Our equipment and facilities reflect many of the tools used in the real world so all students graduate ready for the world of employment in the various areas of stage and screen production.


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