Model Maker

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Model makers design and make three dimensional (3D) scale models (or mock-ups) to see what something will look like or for testing purposes. This could be for a building such as a new shopping centre or a new product such as a mobile phone. They may also make models to illustrate scientific ideas or for special effects for film or television.

The Work

You could be:

You might specialise in architectural modelling, product modelling (there is some overlap with the job profile for a Product Designer) or visual effects modelling (also see the job profiles for Prop Maker and Scenic Artist).


The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

Salaries for model makers in the UK can start at around £19,000 rising to around £25,000 a year. Experienced model makers can earn up to £40,000 a year or more. However, many model makers work freelance. They charge a fee, which can vary depending on the work and their reputation. In some cases, income is not high. The better known they are, the more they can charge.


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Getting In

Much of the work for model makers is in and around large cities, particularly London and the south of England.

What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:


Getting On

More Information

For more information on creative careers see Discover Creative Careers.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Creative and Cultural Skills
Tel: 020 7015 1800
Twitter: @CCskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts.

Design Council
Tel: 020 7420 5200
Twitter: @designcouncil

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