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Model Making For Architecture Short Course

Course description

Models are used as a means of communication between architects and their clients and as a method for testing and expressing architectural ideas and concepts. While drawings can only portray information on a two dimensional plane, models can express spatial proposals and concepts in 3D.

In this course, you will learn the core techniques for building architectural models using hand tools. Different types of models will be introduced and we will explore how models can be used to analyse a site.

Who should attend this course?

Any students interested to learn how to build architectural models, including those who wish to strengthen their portfolio in order to apply for further studies in architectural and spatial design.

Level: Beginners

Please note: this course is for students aged 18 and older

Course outcomes
By the end of this course students should:

  • Have learnt key methods of building architectural models.
  • Practised using various hand tools to build models.
  • Be introduced to different types of models and their use.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats clear and easy to understand.

Experience life on campus

  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to complement your C

Available dates

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Topics covered include:

  • Analytical and conceptual architectural models.
  • Working model, section model and presentation models.
  • How to determine scale and size.
  • Choice of appropriate materials.
  • Level of abstraction and time planning.

By the end of the course you should have built your own architectural model(s). Photographs of the models can contribute towards a portfolio to apply to schools of architecture.


Please bring the following items:

  • Pen, pencil and eraser.
  • Ruler and calculator
  • Set square
  • Wood glue (PVA)
  • Note book or sketch book
  • Paintbrushes in different sizes
  • Cardboard knife with spare blades
  • Additional material will be purchased during the course, if necessary
  • If you have different kinds of paper, card, cardboard, rubber, sheet metal etc. at home, please bring them as examples of material
  • Bring a camera to document the work in progress and the result
  • Should you plan to make a model of your own architecture project, please bring in plans and sections.

Meet the Tutor:

Learn how to build architectural models and the key techniques to do so on this short course.

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