What is the course about?
An introduction to three dimensional model making, using a variety of simple materials and techniques to achieve effective 3D models, suitable for architecture, interior design or photographic/ art projects. This course is for beginners, with projects for advanced students.
What previous students liked most about this course: .
“I like the fact that I was challenged to work in a new way and with new materials than I have before. The materials are really interesting and their properties.”
“I enjoyed learning new techniques.”
“I liked the learning experience.”
What will we cover?
- Working out the scale and size of the model
- Planning the construction
- Realising supportive drawings
- A short introduction to Sketch Up and its use for model making
- Model making with a variety of simple materials such as wood and card.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- build a simple model to scale
- use a variety of materials and techniques for model making
- follow good studio practice.
What previous students have achieved on this course: .
“I have learned some new techniques which have been very useful.”
“I’ve improved my knowledge about model making and 3D design.”
“I learned about technical drawing. How to create a plan and draw it up to make a part of a model to go inside the box.”
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No particular skills are needed but some knowledge of Art and Design and Maths will be useful. This course is for anyone with an interest in interior design, architectural and 3D design and model making for animation or photography.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be a mixture of lectures, work demonstrations, one to one tuition, practical work on individual sample projects and informal group discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Most basic materials and equipment are provided. Useful tools to bring with you are a craft knife, a scalpel handle, 300mm steel rule, 150mm steel rule, 100mm engineers square. You should to bring a hardback sketchbook or sketchpad for idea development and a notebook for documentation. You might wish to bring/ purchase additional materials during the course as advised by your tutor.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The City Lit interior and garden design area offers a programme of non accredited and short courses that will allow you to learn a range of skills including interior design, interior decoration, mosaic, garden design, garden walks, model making, formal drawing techniques, botanical and natural history illustration, computer aided design, design for 3D printing and laser cutting and courses which cross over between fine art, architecture and design.
You can find a full listing of all our interior and garden design courses by visiting our website
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details