Visual Effects & Model Making

Why should you study Visual Effects & Model Making?*

Our Visual Effects & Model Making degree has been developed directly with our industry partners who include Visual Affects Artists, Miniature Effects Designers and Model Makers. It builds on the success and demand of the model making content of our BA (Hons) Production Design for Stage and Screen programme, and so we now introduce our brand new specialist programme in this area.

Why should you study this Visual Effects & Model Making degree?
Firstly it is unique in the North East and has been specifically designed and written by the team who are to deliver it. Secondly, model making has developed as a key component of the BA (Hons) Production Design for Stage and Screen programme for 20 years. The demands of the model making industries especially film and TV is growing and it is time to provide a specialist programme of study to provide the skills to support this. Thirdly it’s challenging! It will develop a wide range of employable skills through a series of practical demonstrations, workshops delivered through specialist modules.

BA (Hons)  Visual Effects & Model Making*

UCAS Code W614

UCAS Tariff 96

Duration Three years

Visual Effects & Model Making 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. Our Visual Effects and Model Making degree is supported by some of the most talented model makers in the industry. This includes, not just the programme team but our wide ranging Industrial Liaison Group (our ILG), several of which are graduates of CCAD.
Underpinned by modules in Material Culture and Professional Studies the programme develops practical skills which include sculpting, mould making, digital and traditional model making and much more. All of which are supported by the relevant drawing skills a model maker will need.


*subject to validation

Who are we?
The new programme team are all working professionals who have an outstanding experience, ability and talent. Talent which is unequalled in the North East of England. The team have also lectured on the highly successful BA (Hons) Production Design for Stage and Screen programme here at CCAD

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:

Year 1 introduces you to all the core skills of a professional modelmaker: Making processes and techniques, design thinking, and the essential function of the model as a form of communication.
Previous assumptions about skills, methods, thought processes, and representation are challenged, reframed, and developed to build the necessary foundations for professional practice. Teaching seeks to move you swiftly from ‘rule-seeking behaviour’ to independent decision making.

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

In the second year you continue to develop your understanding of modelmaking as communication. Interpretation and representation are studied and practiced in a variety of different
professional contexts.

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

In Year 3 you’ll work on more in-depth and complex studio projects and carry out a major theoretical piece of research.
In the final year the direction of the course and of your decision making, is firmly towards the outside world as characterised by clients, the industry and audiences.
As part of this however, there is a continuous process in which you are expected (through research and work experience) to
‘benchmark’ standards of performance, and to define, manage and meet your own
personal standards of excellence.

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.


QAA commended the way CCAD enhances student learning

Only 15% of the institutions reviewed received a commendation in 14/15


96.7% of 2016 graduates

were in work or full-time study six months after graduation

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