Model Design Teaching Team

Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Model Design and Special Effects Programme; Course Leader for BA (Hons) Model Design: Model Effects

Nick Morgan, MA – Digital Practices, FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)

Nick has over 20 years of experience working in design, architectural and advertising model-making and special effects. He began using digital technology during the 1990s and had moved to pure digital visualisation for advertising and architecture by the end of the decade. The 1990s was a busy time for Nick, as he also began teaching part-time, before becoming a full-time lecturer at the University in 2005. His main interests include digital technology as a supplement to hand skills and craft, high quality textures, graphics and finishes, and the relationship between scale and detail.

Over the years, Nick has worked on everything from scale models with Foster + Partners and Metro Models, to advertising and special effects projects with photographers like David Bailey, Barry Lategan, Nadav Kander, Clive Arrowsmith and Adrian Flowers.

Course Leader for BA (Hons) Model Design: Special Effects

Rob Thomas – BA (Hons), PG Cert

Prior to teaching, Rob gained over 25 years of experience working in most areas of Special Effects. He worked at a range of exemplars in the sector, starting at the BBC, before moving on to Artem, and eventually working freelance as an Art Director. Rob's work includes television, film, and commercials, as well as exhibition design and theatre.

Rob has worked on SFX and model design in a number of areas, from television opening titles including Top of the Pops to movies such as the Borrowers and adverts for the likes of Galaxy chocolate bars and BBC.

He also has experience of production, and has directed a number of commercials. He is particularly interested in evolving technologies and how they are integrated within art. In order to keep abreast of developments and continually improve his skillset, Rob has visited a variety of companies in the field, worked with students on live projects and undertaken formal training in Rhino CAD.

Course Leader for BA (Hons) Model Design: Character and Creative Effects

Cath Maze - BA (Hons), PG Cert

Cath worked as a freelance model-maker for 30 years, building experience working for companies including 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Clearwater Films, Aardman Animation, and Asylum Models, where she was Head of Sculpting, Moulding and Casting. Cath has created models for film productions such as Ken Russell's "Lair of the White Worm'', Jean Jacques Annaud's "Quest for Fire", and John Cleese's "Fierce Creatures". She has also worked with Special Effects Oscar winner, Rick Baker on Hugh Hudson's ''Greystoke'', and was also employed as a lead sculptor on Tim Burton's animation "Corpse Bride".

She has made models for theatre, including The National Theatre of Scotland's production of ''The Bacchae'', and has created work for a range of exhibitions and displays, including Selfridge's Christmas windows, and a set of dioramas for The Ironbridge Gorge Museum. Cath has produced models for a variety of practicing artists including ''One Figure', which was included in the major retrospective of Juan Munoz's work at the Tate Modern in 2008.

Her specialist interests lie in sculpting, moulding and casting. She has extensive experience in body casting, working with respected clients such as John Cleese, Gary Linekar, Jimmy Nail, and Amanda Donaghoe. She played a major role in many award-winning adverts including, ''Nurofen Head'', ''Rover Baby'', and ''The Baking of Skoda Fabia'', in which she led a team in moulding the complete car in the workshop, and as one of the actors on the set. The advert won The British Television Advertising Awards for both Best Modelmaking and Best Crafted Commercial in 2007.

We also have a wide variety of visiting lecturers that contribute to the programme, and are all current industry professionals ready to deliver contemporary, relevant information to our students.