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Model Making for Animation Diploma

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary


This unique and exciting one year full-time practical diploma course aims to equip students with the skills and experience necessary to enhance their career in the field of professional model/prop making within animation or other media industries.

Our students work in a fully-equipped workshop/studio environment and collaborate with those in other specialisms, such as animation, production design, digital effects and cinematography, to make several films and practical projects - with all production costs met by the School.

This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.?

What you will study

This is the only UK-based model making course located in a dedicated film studio environment. We intend to take advantage of that.

We will be creating professional models, sets, props and puppets. Successful candidates will work individually, and as part of a team within a course comprising tutorials and challenging modules, which will culminate in building models and sets on some of the animation graduation films.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Students will be offered a work placement between 5-10 days at one of our course partners Mackinnon and Saunders or Aardman Animations, subject to partners’ availability. Model Making students will be expected to arrange and pay for any travel and accommodation related to this or any other work experience. Aardman is in Bristol. Mackinnon & Saunders is in Altrincham, near Manchester.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants will have a degree from a British or overseas university, we will consider applicants who do not have a degree if they have an impressive portfolio, a creative track record or an alternative qualification.