Model Making for Animation
Duration 1 year
Next intake September 2020
Application deadline 31 May 2020
Scholarships availableBegin your application
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.
“For the first time in 5 years, I can’t wait to get to work." Oliver Arnell-Argles, Model Making for Animation student.
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.
All NFTS students can attend the School’s masterclasses programme, with recent guests including Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve), Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna, Diego Maradona), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here, We Need to Talk About Kevin), Louis Theroux, and M Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Glass).
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.
The NFTS wants to encourage applications from the brightest and best talent out there, whatever your background. That’s why we have made scholarship funding available for this course – find out more here.
Recent credits and successes
Photos from recent student projects
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.
You will be encouraged to research, sample, test, and mix traditional and new techniques throughout the course and will use a vast array of materials to successfully realise the brief. This will be as “real world” as it can be.
Current or recent tutors
Josie CorbenVisiting Tutor
Credits include Isle Of Dogs, Frankenweenie, Fantastic Mr Fox
Joe HolmanVisiting Tutor
Credits with Mackinnon and Saunders include Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride and Fantastic Mr Fox
John LeeHead of Model Making
Credits include Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Isle of Dogs and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Model Making students take part in a range of modules and exercises throughout the year.
There will be no typical candidate for this course. Your background will almost certainly be in the Arts, and you may well be a recent graduate or Industry professional looking to further specialise.
You will most likely have some pre-industry experience of model making or training in your chosen field and have a basic understanding and experience of workshop equipment and machinery. The ideal candidate should have a mixture of creative, technical, communicative, and problem solving skills necessary to work within a highly productive team.
You will be expected to have your own tool kit and to expand on this during the year, at your cost.
Your application and CV should be supported by a brief outline of your interests in modelling, puppet making, sculpture, filmmaking etc, and show photographic examples of a selection of your best work with detailed notations.
While many 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.
If you are not an EEA National, you must already be in possession of a UK visa valid for the duration of this course. We are unable to accept your application if you do not.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to apply
Application deadline: 31 May 2020
Applicants must supply the following:
- Please provide links to your online portfolio, website or showreel and supply detailed notations of your contribution to the images. State whether the work is collaborative or created by you entirely.
- If you are selected for an interview, you will be expected to show examples of your work in the form of a photographic stills portfolio, as well as digital format on a laptop or tablet and bring to interview some examples of models or puppet making.
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