Model makers design and make 3D scale models to show how new buildings or products will look.

What does a model maker do?

This role involves making models for a variety of purposes, from demonstrating what new buildings and products will look like to creating special effects for film and television, or to make complicated technical or scientific ideas easier to understand.

What do I need to do to become a model maker?

You will need good drawing and IT skills. The ability to understand technical drawings will help you to accurately build models to the right specifications.

There is no set entry route to become a model maker. Employers will usually want you to have model-making skills. They will also look for a portfolio of work that demonstrates you have an eye for detail and can produce quality models to very exact standards. Some employers may prefer you to have a degree in a related subject, such as model making, 3D design or art and design.

Related skills

  • Ability to understand technical plans
  • Attention to detail
  • IT
  • Organisation
  • Patience

Related subjects

  • Art
  • Design technology

Desirable qualifications

  • Level 4 HNC diploma in 3D design
  • Level 5 HND diploma in 3D design
  • Foundation degrees in subjects such as 3D design and graphic design

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You may find full-time opportunities in the architecture, aviation, automobile, shipping and civil engineering industries, or with manufacturers of consumer products.

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