On this course you’ll learn about model-making and how new digital technologies are being used to enhance physical prototyping and visual presentation techniques.
You’ll develop your skills in traditional drawing and model making, whilst applying a variety of digital technologies including photography, CAD, laser-cutting, 3D printing and VR.
It’s ideal for anyone interested in further studies in architecture, product design or visual arts. The course will introduce you to traditional and new techniques commonly needed for the evolving world of model-making and prototyping. You’ll learn how to develop and present design ideas in both 2D and 3D. The course is delivered via a combination of hands-on demonstrations and project-based making exercises, and theoretical introductions to emerging digital processes and techniques.
During the course you will:
– complete drawing and visualisation exercises
– use simple modelmaking hand tools and materials to express design ideas – learn about the vast array of styles and functions of models
– use simple materials to create 3D ‘sketch models’ of your ideas
– produce design development models
– take part in mould-making and casting workshops
– learn basic 2D and 3D CAD modelling skills
– turn your designs into real results with 3D printers or laser cutters
– participate in photography and editing workshops
– turn traditionally-made models into digital forms
– see how virtual reality is helping designers in the industry create designs.
You’ll be able to take your creations back and forth between analogue and digital so at to continually make improvements.
What will I gain?
By the end of the course, you’ll have the new skills in the craft of model-making, and experience in complementary digital technologies. You will leave with physical and digital models as well as 2D visuals to add to your portfolios.
Level: Beginner Entry requirement: You should have an interest in developing your creative and technical skills and a curiosity about the application of digital technologies.
Where you’ll learn: You will be based in the School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment on the City Campus.
You will find open-plan studios and well-equipped workshop spaces to develop your ideas and create exciting work. You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.
Tutor Profiles: Mark Beeston is a technical specialist in the model-making department at NTU. He is also a self-employed artist, designer, producer and creative facilitator with 25 years of production design experience in the fields of prototype making in the fields of theatre, film and TV, product design and prototyping, furniture design, outdoor play and learning, digital manufacturing and public art installations.
Julian Hughes is an independent artist and professional photographer as well as an in-house photographer for NTU product and furniture design courses. His specialist photography work includes creative documentation for artists, galleries and arts organisations.
Chris Forbes has worked in industry with multi-million-pound enterprise resource planning databases for several years before coming to Nottingham Trent University as a computing specialist and CAD tutor. For the past twenty years’ he has been developing his knowledge of highly complex 3D CAD, visualisation, 3D CAM and 3D printing hardware and software. Combining his technical background with an artistic outlook, Chris has enjoyed being published as a 3D artist in several design magazines and books.
Emily Quinn is a mould-maker and caster, working in the film industry and in higher education supporting students in realising their designs. She considers herself an advocate for the blending of traditional and digital processes to achieve the ultimate result.
Need accommodation? You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms. If you’re aged 16 or 17 then you can stay unaccompanied with agreement from a parent/guardian.
Doing your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award? This course can count as your Gold DofE Residential. DofE participants must book both the course and accommodation on campus for this to count towards your Gold Award.