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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).

Pay

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

Salaries for model makers in the UK can start at around £18,000 rising to around £24,000 a year. Experienced model makers can earn up to £40,000 a year. 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.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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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.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
2282
0.8 %
RISE
2023
2300
  United Kingdom
2018
30235
1.3 %
RISE
2023
30631

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Creative and Cultural Skills
E-mail: info@ccskills.org.uk
Website: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/
Website (2): https://ccskills.org.uk/careers
Twitter: @CCskills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccskills

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

Design Council
Tel: 020 7420 5200
E-mail: info@designcouncil.org.uk
Website: http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/
Twitter: @designcouncil
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DesignCouncil

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