The Northern School of Art (formerly Cleveland College of Art and Design)

Visual Effects & Model Making The Northern School of Art (formerly Cleveland College of Art and Design) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Arts University Bournemouth


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Course summary

TEF Gold

The Northern School of Art (formerly Cleveland College of Art and Design) has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.

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This programme 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.

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. This includes, not just the programme team but our wide ranging Industrial Liaison Group (our ILG), several of which are graduates of The Northern School of Art.

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.

Careers Include
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

Course details


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

Assessment method

In course assessment. Each module is assessed upon completion and given a percentage mark.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code W614
Institution code C71
Campus name The Northern School of Art
Campus code H

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE Diploma
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Pass Foundation Diploma

Your potential is our main focus when assessing your suitability for the programme you have applied to. Because of this, we take into account all aspects of your application and not just your academic profile.
If you are a mature applicant (i.e. 21+ years), we will place more emphasis on your portfolio and the skills and experience you can demonstrate at interview.
Your portfolio, which you bring to interview, is an integral part of the assessment. It should demonstrate your current skills, interests and knowledge where appropriate.
It is also expected that you will bring evidence of written work to interview and/or have a Level 2 qualification in English/Literacy.

Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

As with most creative programmes delivered at higher education, this programme will have additional costs such as material and basic tools and contribution towards educational visits to ensure successful completion of the programme. The School offers financial support packages to help with this, whether this be through means-tested bursaries, scholarships or grants. In addition, the School offers subsidised resale of course materials, free use of studios etc. More detailed information is provided at the interview stage; however, if you require this sooner please contact

Provider information

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The Northern School of Art (formerly Cleveland College of Art and Design)
University Level Campus
Church Square
TS24 7EX

Course contact details

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