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Architectural Model Making for Beginners

Model of building
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 5 July 2021; 5 October 2021
  • Course duration: Tuesdays 6 - 8:30 pm, eight weeks or Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week


This course will help you visualise a space, read and scale down technical drawings, and find solutions to some of the challenges of architectural model making.

It's ideal for anyone interested in model making such as hobbyists and architecture professionals as well as theatre set designers, photographers and artists who'll find the skills transferrable to their own practice.

To attend this course no previous experience of model making is necessary - just plenty of enthusiasm.

It’s taught in NTU’s model making workshops, a well-equipped, dedicated learning space run by experienced technicians.

Secure your place with a deposit

If you're booking two months or more before the course starts, we can accept a £100 deposit to secure your place.

The balance is due one month before the course starts.

Our standard booking terms and conditions apply.

Email us to find out how:

What will you gain?

Upon completing this course, you'll have a unique set of skills to enable you to continue model making with confidence.

The work you'll create will demonstrate how you can take your hobby or profession to a more advanced level.

Here's what previous delegates said:

"I enjoyed all aspects of the model making; from the laser cutting to the construction and finishing. It was a really relaxed atmosphere. Mark is a very attentive tutor." CM

"We used lots of different materials and became more confident in the workshop with both processes and machinery." IM

"I enjoyed all of the course but mostly the creative aspect of designing the environment for my model to sit in."

“The facilities are amazing! I can’t believe the resources available.” CV

"Brilliant course. A great introduction and knowledgeable tutor." SR

Tutor Profile: Mark Beeston (evening course) is a senior technician in the model making workshop at Nottingham Trent University.

He has over 20 years of experience within the creative industries as an independent designer, artist, maker and facilitator in areas such as sculpture, furniture, product research and development, theatre, film and outdoor play.

Tutor Profile: Adriana Clark (summer course) is professional model builder and technician at Nottingham Trent University.

She has worked for many different architectural practices making hundreds of professional models in various scales.

She has a true passion for architectural model making and provides her students with the best support possible.

Her enthusiastic and lively personality also makes every session really good fun.

Indicative maximum class size: 10

Need accommodation for a summer course?

You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms. Find out more at:

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:


Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

On this course, you will:

  • learn classic model making tips and techniques such as skilful scalpel use, correct material choice, accurate measuring and cutting, gluing, sculpting, vacuum forming and spray painting
  • be given a directed project, drawings and all the equipment to build a simple 1:100 scale model, with its own baseboard
  • complete the project from original material to a professionally finished model
  • photograph your finished work using a heliodon.

Entry requirements

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No experience is required.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No experience is required.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £395

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £395

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418