Modelmaking at Arts University Bournemouth - UCAS

Course summary

With an international reputation, it is a leading course in its field, enabling students to progress into the diverse world of professional makers. The course is suited to creative makers, designers and problem solvers. Modelmaking is a highly rewarding experience for those interested in making or design, with our graduates working in an exciting range of careers at award-wining companies such as Dyson, Foster + Partners, Merlin Entertainment, Aardman, Dorset Orthopaedic; in theatre, film, and TV productions such as Star Wars, Jurassic World, House of the Dragon; and for clients such as the Natural History Museum, Apple and The National Space Centre. What you will learn We deliver an agile curriculum that looks ahead and responds rapidly to new developments in technology and techniques. The course enables students and graduates to explore a rich variety of disciplines. It equips them with a broad skill set which can be applied to areas of making especially those combining aesthetic and technical skills. Our aim to teach the art of making in all forms, from clay to pixels, has a proven track record both in student satisfaction and graduate employment. Experiencing an extensive array of making techniques rewards our graduates with unique and diverse skill sets. We pride ourselves on our ability to support students in creating their own ‘pathways’ to successful careers. The course embraces new and emerging technologies and techniques, maintaining currency and diversity through well-established communications with industry. Students are encouraged to explore different types of modelmaking and develop versatile portfolios which expand employment opportunities. At the same time, the development of individual special interests is supported and encouraged. Visiting industry specialists present their work and highlight opportunities to students through lectures, workshops and tutorials. Specialist subjects can be developed through work experience, live and learning agreement-led briefs. Approximately 70% of the program are contact hours, including scheduled teaching sessions, and supervised time in the workshop or studio; The remainder will be independent study. 100% of assessment for this course is coursework based. By the end of the course you will be able to... • Exploit skills of craftsmanship and scholarship to identify and achieve creative and professional aspirations. • Present professional quality outcomes demonstrating safe, confident and appropriate use of technology, tools and materials. • Demonstrate an ability to manage a project through effective independent study and embed a sound-working ethos. • Appreciate the relationship between theory and practice and be able to relate your work to the social, cultural and historical concepts of related disciplines. • Demonstrate a working knowledge of ethical and sustainable concepts within making practice. • Demonstrate a refined approach to research and development by applying intellectual skills and effective critical evaluation. • Apply knowledge of the professional practice of commercial making to continuously develop a broad set of transferable skills. • Demonstrate critical self-awareness and effective communication by presenting yourself and your work to others. • Appreciate the possibilities and restrictions offered by combinations of established, emerging and future technologies. Studios and resources Students have own workstation in the studio, where you will find a strong community spirit and an active studio culture. In addition to the university’s fully equipped workshop and digital manufacturing centre we have several duplicate facilities within our building for ease of access and for demonstration purposes; these include extracted rooms for spraying, moulding, foam latex, life casting and plaster work. An open access CAD suite and Cam suite with 3D printers, CNC and Laser cutters are also housed within our studio building.


Year 1: • Principles of Making (an introduction to professional making processes) • Thinking and Making (understanding different functions and purpose of models) • Meaning in Making (exploring narrative and the communicative nature of models) Year 2: • Creative Representation (exploring technical and aesthetic creativity) • Communication (using models to communicate complex messages) • Informed Making (making models informed by, or to challange current professional practice) Year 3: • Making an Argument (a 5000 word academic essay of a negotiated topic) • External Brief (a live client led brief) • Launch Pad (graduate and professional skills development) • Final Major Project (an in-depth negotiated project of your choosing)

Assessment method

Coursework and practical work

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

**Please see AUB's website for a full list of our entry requirements, including tariff points where applicable.** We are happy to accept a wide range of qualifications, including but not limited to: A Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma, OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma(s), Access to HE courses, Scottish Highers, IB Diploma Programme, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. We can also accept many EU and International qualifications. See website for details. Email Admissions ([email protected]) with any queries about entry requirements. We welcome applicants who are currently studying or who have gained a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and this qualification meets our level three entry requirements. This is a recommended qualification for many of our courses but it is not a compulsory qualification. Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 qualifications are considered on an individual basis and we are happy to accept applicants with a combination of Level 3 qualifications. Please check your qualifications using UCAS Tariff calculator and remember we are looking for the equivalent of 3 A levels if you are combining Level 3 qualifications. AUB tailors its offers to the qualifications an applicant is studying and looks for applicant to be studying a relevant creative subject. AUB makes offers based on up to three A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications with the most UCAS Tariff points attached to them to give applicants the best chance possible at achieving our required tariff (120 UCAS Tariff points in most cases).

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Additional entry requirements


Once your application has been reviewed admissions will request a link to a digital portfolio for review by the course team.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)66.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, speaking and listening)
TOEFL (iBT)80minimum score of 18 in writing, listening, and reading and 19 in speaking.
Cambridge English AdvancedCOverall score of 180
PTE Academic54A minimum of 51 in each component
Cambridge English ProficiencyOverall score of 200

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £19950 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £19950 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

The AUB Modelmaking toolkit is required for the course and costs around £150. Details of the kit and how to purchase will be sent prior to enrollment.
Modelmaking at Arts University Bournemouth - UCAS