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Model Making for the Creative Industries

Entry requirements


96-112 UCAS Points in an Art and Design or a Design and Technology related subject.

96-112 UCAS tariff points in an Art and Design or a Design and Technology related subject.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language and Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the Level 3 requirements listed above.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

in an Art and Design or a Design and Technology related subject.

96-112 UCAS tariff points in an Art and Design or a Design and Technology related subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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96-112 UCAS tariff points in an Art and Design or a Design and Technology related subject.

UCAS Tariff

96-112

including an A2 in an Art and Design or a Design and Technology subject at grade C

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Design

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 modeling is often digital there is still an appetite and need for physical modeling. Auteurs such as Tim Burton and Wes Anderson remind us that the magic of traditional stop motion animation endures. Artefacts still needs to be made for humans to hold and look at.

On this course you will gain a unique blend of the theory and practice, with an emphasis on the practical experience of making and designing from drawing board to set.

Modelmaking for the Creative Industries in the North of England has global reach, MacKinnon and Saunders based in Altrincham are, arguably, the best puppet makers in the world. The BBC north is based in Media City UK – right next to the University of Salford Media City programmes.

This course course teaches you vital, industry-relevant skills in digital and real world making. The practical nature gives you experience of researching, designing, prototyping and refining.

Modules

This programme covers the key areas of professional model making associated with the creative industries which includes; character creation (puppets) typically associated with animation, theatre props, product modelling and prototyping, architectural models, prosthetics and special effects. The programme will introduce students to all these areas and the associated ways of working, and will allow you to specialise in a particular field of model making.

Collaboration is a central part of the programme, with each module having industry and expert support in the form of visiting lectures, site visits, live briefs, and project sponsorships. The modules allow you both individually, and working in teams, to generate, develop and effectively communicate solutions in response to your research and subsequent insight.

Specialist (disciplinary) subject knowledge such as sketching and drawing ,3D printing, an understanding of the relevant business environments, design skills, enabling and manufacturing technology will be introduced and developed at appropriate stages of the course.

You will develop strong technical and craft skills in workshop practice. This will be supported by a solid understanding of professional practice including Intellectual property and entrepreneurship.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

87%
high
Design

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
96%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
91%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
18%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

After graduation


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Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,848
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
59%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Design occupations
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative arts and design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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