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Fantasy Creature Sculpture

Arts University Bournemouth

3 months
349 GBP/full
349 GBP/full
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Closely linked to, or as a follow-on course from the ‘3D Modelmaking – Concept to Construction’ course, join this unique and fascinating 12-week Fantasy Creature Sculpture course from Arts University Bournemouth focused upon the creation of fantasy creatures.


Delivered by leading creature design specialist, Takara Dancy, a freelance model maker and sculptor, she possesses a diverse collection of specialist skills including sculpting, CAD modelling, 3D printing, moulding and casting.

Programme Overview

The Fantasy Creature Sculpture course from Arts University Bournemouth offers students the opportunity to discover many aspects of creature design and maquette fabrication, exploring the exciting and immersive routes this subject can offer that will help to introduce and improve skills as an independent thinker and designer.

Your tutor will use her technical skills and industry knowledge to guide you through a series of intensive evening classes introducing the whole process from concept to realisation. She will give demonstrations into armature making, blocking out your sculpture, posing your creature, painting and many other techniques. Alongside these demonstrations you will begin to develop your own designs, with support from your tutor providing you with on the spot guidance in all areas of the process to allow you to create and complete a body of work.

Students will explore and be encouraged to work with a variety of standard and specialist materials used in the construction of creature designs. Guided through set exercises each week, alongside demonstrations and showing of prepared examples from sculpting, moulding to fine-detail finishing touches – you will be challenged to produce professional grade creations working in a rewarding, fun and vibrant environment.

The course will be interspersed with thought-provoking talks on the history of creature design and the use of our world as inspiration, which will help you to develop and gain a valuable understanding, appreciation and industry insight.

This course is ideal for those wishing to enter this specialist field of modelmaking in the industry or those who have academic aspirations for applying to our BA (Hons) Modelmaking programme.


  • To provide a comprehensive understanding of this specialist field
  • To provide an in-depth understanding of the specialist materials and processes involved in the creation of creature concept and development
  • To develop your thought making process and creative potential
  • To provide the necessary specialist skills and techniques to work independently
  • To allow you to build pieces for portfolio inclusion

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Creature design elements – Conceptualization
  • Armature making
  • Sculpting
  • Texturing
  • Finishing touches and fabrication

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 3 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Places on our Short Courses are limited so we advise that you enrol as soon as possible to secure a place. 




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • There are no academic entry requirements, however a keen interest in fantasy creature, special effects and modelmaking is desired.

Equipment and the majority of consumables will be available however you will need to bring:

  • Sculpting tools (Such as dental tools)
  • A camera to record the process of your work in stages

(N.B. Your tutor shall discuss these items with you on your first session)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    349 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 349 GBP for the full programme during 3 months.
  • National

    349 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 349 GBP for the full programme during 3 months.

Living costs for Bournemouth

700 - 1000 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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