Introduction to design and model making

Course Dates: 14/11/19 - 12/12/19
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Charles Chambers

An introduction to three dimensional model making using a variety of simple materials to support design development. This course has applications for all 3D disciplines: interior design, architecture, model making, product design and photographic/art projects.


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 their course:

“The comfortable learning environment and good atmosphere. Charles was very helpful.”
“The course has been very helpful in providing me with lots of practical information and new ideas.”
“I feel that I have a better understanding of scale and the application of different materials to achieve certain effects. I feel that my organisational skills and creative problem – solving skills have greatly developed.”


What will we cover?

- Working out the scale and size of the model
- Planning the construction
- Realising supportive drawings
- 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 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 *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Develop your modelling skills with VG506 SketchUp Pro for beginners and VF708 Vectorworks for beginners.
City Lit offer a range of courses in Interior Design, Vector Works, SketchUp Pro, Axonometric Drawing, model making, Photoshop and Illustrator to enhance your 3D Design practice.

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: VF404

Please choose a course date 

Thu, day, 14 Nov - 12 Dec '19

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £179.00
Senior fee: £179.00
Concession: £109.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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