Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Model Making for the Creative Industries

Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology




Three year

Next enrolment

September 2022


In a nutshell

From the spellbinding creature animation in the 1933 version of King Kong, to the cityscapes of modern CGI, the creative industries have always needed talented model makers. Even in a digital age where modelling can often be computer generated, physical models and artefacts still play a key role in bringing special effects to life on screen. If youd like to enter into a career where the possibilities are as endless as your imagination, our model making degree is for you.

On this course youll benefit from a blend of theory and practice, with an emphasis on the practical experience of making and designing. Youll learn specialist skills and techniques and have the opportunity to put them to practice in real-world situations through live briefs and work placements. Youll learn how to research, design, prototype and refine your models and props, tailoring them to creative briefs and scripts.

You will:
  1. Be taught by specialist staff with industry experience
  2. Have access to specialist model making workshops
  3. Graduate with a portfolio of work that can be used accessing employment or further study.

Want to learn more about studying Model Making at university?  Want to learn more about studying a Model-Making degree course? You can sign-up to an Open Day or attend a campus tour.

Our supportive course enquiries team can help you with any general questions you may have. You can also explore all of our Art and Design courses.

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students accepted

This is for you if...


You’re imaginative and aren’t afraid to step outside your comfort zone and try something new.


You are confident and comfortable sharing ideas visually – both through drawings and models.


You are interested in the craft of model making and would like to develop your skills further.

Course details

All about the course

On this Model Making degree, you’ll be learning the skills you need to work in the creative industries on projects such as character creation for animation, film and TV visual effects, theatre props, as well as product modelling and prototyping.

You’ll begin this course in model making by learning the fundamentals of the craft. As you progress through your studies, you will be able specialise and explore the areas that interest you most.

You’ll collaborate with other students to come up with, develop, and effectively communicate ideas and concepts. In addition, you’ll benefit from industry and expert support in your modules, in the form of visiting lectures, site visits, live briefs, and project sponsorships.

Throughout this model making course, you will be introduced specialist skills and knowledge. These include sketching and drawing, 3D printing, design skills, as well as an understanding of manufacturing technology and relevant business environments.

You’ll develop strong technical and craft skills in workshop practice. These will be supported by a solid understanding of professional practice including aspects such as intellectual property and entrepreneurship.

Find out what you’ll be covering in each module by looking at the full course breakdown below.

Year one

3D Design Principles

You will undertake a project to explore the formal principals of design and making such as scale, form, balance, rhythm, repetition, tension, movement, and colour. We will also establish an understanding of studio practice and culture.

Design Process and Methods

Through a series of projects and exercises we will introduce the design and modelmaking process and associated creative design methods.

Introduction to Digital Skills for Modelmaking

From almost ground level we will develop the digital skill necessary to communicate and refine our ideas. 2D digital including photoshop, illustrator and InDesign. We will begin to explore the potential of 3D modelling, drawing, sculpting and making.

Introduction to Materials and Processes for Modelmaking

During this module we explore some of the traditional ways of creating artefacts. In conjunction with the workshop demonstrators we will explore methods of fabrication, fixing, sculpting, casting and mould-making.

Modelmaking for Script 1

Here we get to apply our new skills to work towards a specific creative goal. Working from a script or brief we work out what the director or designer needs and plan a response. We then turn our plans into reality. This could be in collaboration with other programmes in the School i.e. Animation or Film Production and in line with your specific interests e.g. character, architectural, product or special effects.

Year two

Advanced Material and Process Choice for Modelmaking

In this module we develop and refine our craft skill and knowledge. Foam models, casting techniques and armature construction are some of the specialist areas to explore.

Model and Movement

This project requires the creation of an animated model/puppet or model in line with students interests e.g. character, architectural, product or special effects. We explore the mechanics and physics of automation.

Modelmaking for Script 2

A second chance to apply new knowledge in a practical application that mirrors what we might be required to do in a professional situation.

Application of Digital Skills for Modelmaking

In this module we get to apply our digital understanding to make models using our digital workshop. 3D Printers, CNC mills and laser cutters can all need virtual models to drive them. We will learn to design effectively for small batch production and assembly.

Live Project or Placement

This could either be with an external organisation or partner here in the university in collaboration with other programmes, i.e. animation, film and illustration. It's a chance to develop contacts and produce professional work to build an exciting portfolio.

Year three

Project Proposal, Research and Concept Generation

Year three gives you the opportunity to direct and manage their own learning. You will dedicate yourself to an extended project that takes you through all the stages of the design process:

Research files, images, drawings, storyboards, maquettes. Sketch models, prototypes, and testing. You will explore the use of established design research methodologies relevant to model making for creative industries. You will undertake in-depth research, enquiry and the evaluation of sources to a standard appropriate to professional design practice.

Major Project

Realisation; Presentation; Curation; Analysis; Marketing

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?




As part of this model making degree, your timetable will include a breakdown of your scheduled lessons with timeslots for you to explore your independent research interests.
Your classes will be based at our New Adelphi building.

You’ll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. In addition, you’ll have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor to discuss any ideas or issues you have about your work.

You’ll use industry-standard design software and have access to engineering and computer laboratory facilities throughout your course.


Assessments are an important part of your academic journey. Through them, youll be able to put your learning into practice and get a better understanding of how well youre understanding the topics covered in your modules.

Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.


All our Art and Design courses are delivered by the Salford School of Arts, Media, and Creative Technology. Our focus is to ensure that you have the skills you need to pursue your dreams, and we encourage our students, past and present, to collaborate with each other and achieve great things.

Each year - through the Create Awards – our School rewards the incredible achievements and successes of our final year and postgraduate students.

Whatever you choose to study with us, you’ll be mentored and supported by experts. And once you graduate, it won’t end there. You’ll join a thriving alumni network across Greater Manchester and beyond, meaning you’ll be supported professionally and personally whenever you need it.


This model making degree is based at our £55 million New Adelphi building, the home of design and creativity on campus.

When you study with us, you’ll learn from our experienced tutors and demonstrators, who’ll teach you how to use our art and design facilities. These include:

Studio space – dedicated areas for each course, giving you room to think and create.

MarkerSpace workshop - create digital rapid prototypes using 3D printers, CNC machines, laser cutters and more.

Photography studios - industry standard photographic studios, which you can use in conjunction with darkrooms and digital printing facilities.

Workshops – from print to textiles, wood to metal, our range of workshops allow you to take your ideas from page to reality and work in a variety of media.

Mac suites - equipped with the industry-standard software you’ll need during your studies and in the world of work.

Take a 360 tour of our New Adelphi building.

You’ll also be able to visit our New Adelphi Theatre. The industry- standard live 350-seat theatre is located in our New Adelphi building. It’s also is open to the public, and it’s three floors of tiered seating, it’s the largest of our performing spaces.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?


Completing a model making university course puts you in an excellent position to undertake a variety of roles.

Youll be well positioned to work as a designer and maker, either on a consultancy basis or working in a production environment. The skills youll gain on this course will make you an attractive candidate to companies involved in the design and construction of models for creative productions. You will be able to work on projects such as making special effects a reality for film and TV or creating realistic props for theatre.

As well as that, with the range of transferrable design skills youve developed over your time with us, youll also be well suited to work in a variety of other related design and manufacturing roles.


Graduates showing strong academic and research skills can pursue a further postgraduate path through  our Postgraduate programmes  on a full-time or part-time basis subject to a satisfactory proposal. 


A taste of what you could become

A Theatre and film prop maker

AN Architectural model maker

A Prototype maker

A CAD technician

And more...

Career Links

This Model Making degree has been developed alongside our industry links in response to the increasing local, national and international demand for graduates with cross-disciplinary skill sets. It builds upon the established success and reputation of our other courses in design, as well as the strong regional industry partnerships that we’ve developed over many years.

This course will benefit you if you’re looking for employment with local and national companies. It will give you the opportunity to undertake periods of placements / work experience and benefit from visiting specialist lecturers and professionals. In addition, the course also includes visits to companies to engage and meet with professional designers and service users.


What You Need To Know


To gain a place on this Model Making at University degree, you’ll have to submit a personal statement and meet our entry requirements when you apply.

Within your Model Making degree personal statement (up to 4000 characters), we’ll want to understand:

  • what motivates you and what current experiences do you have in terms of art, design and model making; whether that’s 3D design or drawing?
  • Are you a creative thinker and how do you develop ideas into designs?
  • do you have any knowledge about the design sector; are there any projects that inspire you?
  • why do you want to work in the model making and creative industries sector?
  • why the University of Salford and this model making for creative industries degree is the right choice for your future goals?

For some applicants, you’ll be asked to provide us with a portfolio of work and potentially take part in an informal group seminar discussion or interview– either live or on camera – to demonstrate your skills.

Normally we'd invite you to attend a face-to-face interview. At the moment though, we’re reducing the number of people we have on our campus. Once you’ve made your application to study with us, we’ll contact you and let you know the next steps.

Want to find out more about our Model Making degree? You can sign-up to an Open Day or attend a campus tour.

Our supportive course enquiries team can help you with any general questions you may have. You can also explore all of our Art and Design courses.

Standard entry requirements

English language requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.


English Language and Maths at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

A Levels

96-112 points including an A2 in an art and design or a design and technology subject at grade C

UCAS tariff points

96 - 112 tariff points, or equivalent, in Art & Design related subjects.

BTEC National Diploma


Scottish Highers

96 - 112 tariff points, or equivalent, in Art & Design related subjects.

Irish Leaving Certificate

96 - 112 tariff points, or equivalent, in Art & Design related subjects.

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2021/22 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15,600per year
Full-time home 2022/23 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2022/23 £15900per year
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for international students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 - both are available for students studying in our 2021/22 intakes.

We also offer the Salford International Excellence Scholarship which offers up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees. As this is a prestigious award we have a limited number of these scholarships available.

See the full range of our International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2022

September 2023

UCAS information

Course ID W715

Institution S03

Clearing 2021

Interested in starting this course in September 2021? Find out how to apply through Clearing