The BA (Hons) Visual Effects & Model Making degree here at The Northern School of Art has been developed directly with our industry partners, who include visual effects artists, miniature effects designers and model makers. This degree explores the development of employable skills for a host of industries and will develop both traditional and digital skills through a diverse programme of study. Students will learn the desired and versatile practical skills needed to work in a number of specialties such as: Animation, Architecture, Product Design, Advertising, Exhibition Design, Heritage and Amusement industries. This degree teaches students to combine creativity with high levels of technical ability. Developing practical workshop techniques with digital skills to help students secure employment in a diverse range of Industries.
This degree teaches students to combine creativity with high levels of technical ability. Developing practical workshop techniques with digital skills to help students secure employment in a diverse range of Industries.

• Architectural Model Making
• Model Making and Design for Theatre
• Film and TV prop making.
• Prototyping for Industrial Designers
• Puppet and Character development for stop frame animation
• Interactive Exhibition Models
• Animatronics and Automata for exhibition and TV
• Character Design
• Creative arts animation
• Photographic props for advertising
• Concept models for the game industry

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JOHN NOBLE

John has been involved in the world of film making since the late 1980s, starting with special effects for home video camera horror films, progressing to Hollywood blockbusters by the early 2000s, and experiencing everything in between, including stints in television, independent short films, theatre and animation. John has experience in front of the camera, performing and puppeteering, but specialises in building the worlds that appear onscreen, be it a prop, a model or a visual effect. With a career spanning over twenty years, John has made many contacts in the world of film, and is often called upon at very short notice to dress a set or create a prop or produce an obscure amputated body part or two. John has worked in the east midlands as a freelance architectural, exhibition and prototype model maker, travelled to China when he was a new product development manager for a novelty gift brand company and spent nearly a decade as a member of The Northern School of Art BA (hons) Production Design for Stage and Screen team, before becoming a full-time lecturer on the BA (hons) Visual Effects and Model Making degree programme in 2018. Constantly expanding his skillsets and working alongside students to explore innovative solutions to ever-more intricate problems, John is always happy to share his knowledge and enjoys learning even more through the student experiences and successes.

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

on BA (Hons) Visual Effects & Model Making

In your first year (Level Four,) you will explore:
• Research Studies • Drawing for Creative Development • Workshop practice • Visual Development • Digital Creative Development • Traditional Creative Development
In your second year (Level Five), you will develop:
• Professional Practice • Action Props • Transformative Techniques • Workshop Practice • Digital Development • Professional Consolidation
In your third year (Level Six), you will produce:
• Project Research and Preparation • Final Major Project • Dissertation/Report • Final Show and Portfolio

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