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This unique and exciting one year full-time practical diploma course delivered in partnership with Mackinnon & Saunders, and Aardman Animations will 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.

-Unique and exciting course
-Delivered at NFTS in partnership with Mackinnon & Saunders, and Aardman Animations
-Intensely practical using current industry standard techniques
-12 month course duration
-Working in a fully equipped studio environment
-Experienced visiting lecturers from industry
-Cross platform Integration with other NFTS courses - Animation, Production Design, Digital Effects, and Cinematography
-Access to all NFTS masterclasses led by major creative figures from Film, Television and the Games industries.


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 the current grad animation 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.


-Introduction and workshop safe practice
-Pattern and mould making
-Scale set and prop building
-Replica set build
-Sculpture and Puppet making
-Work experience at a leading animation studio

Major project - The major part of the year will involve working on the NFTS Animation grad films.

Visit the Model Making for Animation - PGDip page on the National Film & Television School website for more details!





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