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BA (Hons) Model Design (Special Effects)
BA (Hons) Model Design (Special Effects)

BA (Hons) Model Design (Special Effects)

  • ID:HIC400017
  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • 104-112, BCC-BBB, MMM-DMM

  • Access course tariff: Diploma with 45 level 3 credits at merit.

  • Portfolio: Presentation of an acceptable portfolio of artwork.

  • IB requirements: 104-112 UCAS points from a minimum of two HL subjects at H4 or above to include Visual  Arts at SL or HL (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

English Requirements

  • IELTS: All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

Course Information

Why choose this course?

  • Combine your artistic and technical skills to produce animatronics, action props, models and special effects.

  • Gain ‘hands on’ experience of special effects equipment used to produce, rain, fire, smoke, wind and snow etc. and learn about the safe use of pyrotechnics.

  • Use of traditional workshop machinery and cutting-edge technologies, plus access to specialist industry standard facilities for animatronics, model making and prop making.

  • Close contacts with industry, which provide outstanding work experience opportunities and collaborative projects.

  • High graduate employment rates for Special Effects students. 

  • The only Creative Skillset Tick accredited Model and Special Effects course in the UK.

What employers say about us

Over the last two years I have employed three graduates of the University, all of whom had completed the Model and Special effects Programme. These three graduates have not only successfully merged into my established film industry Special Effects team but also, are now actively contributing their ideas and skills to enhance and widen the scope of my team. 
Chris Corbould Special Effects MIExpE

With 3 courses covering different aspects of the Special Effects industry, (which I think is unique), they are the main supplier of graduates to our industry. More importantly these graduates are aligned with the needs of the industry and are readily employable. 
Mike Kelt, CEO Artem

UCAS code: W451

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Level 4

  • Scale and Structure

  • Shape and Form

  • Design and Fabrication

  • The Model in Mind: histories, contexts, theories (C&CS)

Level 5

  • Turbo Projects

  • Design Process and Realisation

  • Special Effects Contextualised Model

  • Talking Models: the theory of practice (C&CS)

  • Professional Work Experience 30: Screen

  • Professional Work Experience 45: Screen

  • Professional Work Experience 15: Screen

  • Professional Work Experience 15 5B: Screen

Level 6

  • Year Abroad

  • Professional Context Model

  • Professional Practice

  • Special Effects Major Project Proposal

  • Special Effects Major Project

  • Critical and Cultural Studies: L6 Enquiry / Report / Essay (Model Design)

  • Sandwich Year (Creative Arts)

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Graduate with invaluable work experience alongside your degree and stand out from the crowd.  

This course offers you the opportunity to enhance your study and CV with a work placement sandwich year. It’s a chance to explore career possibilities, make valuable contacts and gain sought after professional skills.  

Our dedicated Careers and Employment team are here to help guide you through the process. Staff are frequently able to provide students with high-profile work placements. Students have worked on major blockbuster movies such as Captain America: The First Avenger, X Men: First Class, Wrath of the Titans, Batman 3: The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus, Thor: The Dark World, Maleficent, World War Z, Edge of Tomorrow, Guardians of the Galaxy and Jupiter Ascending.

If you take up a work placement between your second and third year of study, at the University of Hertfordshire you’ll pay no tuition fee for this year. We’ll ask you to make your decision in your second year, so there is plenty of time to think about it.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC - $ 624 GBP / per year

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