Design for Technical Arts Workshop

27 Apr 2022
 - 4 Jun 2022








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IADT, in partnership with Greasán na Meán – Skillnet, welcomes applications to an industry-focused, practice-based workshop for people seeking to upskill their design and craft in technical arts for film and performance.

If you work in a props department, art department, or are a freelance-maker for film, theatre or performance you will benefit from this workshop. Learn advanced professional skills in realising your designed objects as physical objects using industry-standard mould making, casting, sculpture and fabrication techniques.

This studio-based workshop will focus on the design and sculpting of characters for screen and performance. You will follow a design process to realisation including character design, sculpting, moulding, casting, painting, hair-punching, and final dress to create a realistic 3D silicone bust.
All materials and techniques are to the highest professional and industry standard. Our Workshop is completely intensive and immersive allowing you to upskill, with excellent training and supervision, into highly lucrative and skilled professional areas.

In this Workshop, you will:
• Build on your existing skills to produce a 3D silicone bust suitable for a shoot, based on your own character designs.
• Follow a design process to professional realisation from initial character design, sculpting, moulding, casting, painting, hair-punching, and final dress to create a final artefact.
• Produce professional shots of your artefact in a studio set-up suitable for an industry portfolio.

Note: This workshop will be delivered in Galway (exact location will be confirmed soon).

Who is this Workshop for?

You will need some previous experience in design and sculpting for screen and performance. This is not a workshop for beginners.  You may be a graduate from 3D Design/Modelmaking, Design for Stage and Screen, Art, Animation, or a related discipline.

We welcome people already working in special effects, prop departments, art departments, prosthetics or makeup for screen industries. Additionally, this workshop will be suitable for people working in other areas of performance design such as spectacle arts and festival arts.

Future Careers

The film industry in Ireland is urgently seeking employees with professional industry standard skills that this workshop provides.

The skills you will learn – including sculpting, moulding, casting, hair punch, and painting – are directly applicable for jobs in character and creature design, 3D makeup (prosthetics), puppetry, and prop making. These skills are also transferable to other disciplines, for example in visual arts practice and sculpting.

Dates + Times

There will be 4 online sessions (Microsoft Teams) :
– Introductory Session: Wednesday 27th April 2022 (10am – 11 am)
– Design Process I – Establishing Design: Saturday 30th April 2022 (10am – 1pm)
– Design Process II – Consolidating Design: Saturday 7th May 2022 (10am – 1pm)
– Design Process III – Finalising Design: Wednesday 11th May 2022 (10am – 1pm)

There are also 16 days in person in studio (in Galway) from 9am to 6pm:
– Sculpt: 16th – 20th May 2022
– Mould, Cast, Clean, Seaming: 23rd – 27th May 2022
– Paint, hair-punch, finish: 30th May – 3rd June 2022
– Photoshoot: Saturday 4th June 2022

What are the Entry Requirements?

A Level 7 or Level 8 Award in related disciplines such as 3D Design, Modelmaking, Design for Stage and Screen, Art, Animation or professional equivalent/relevant industry experience.

How do I Apply?

We would like to hear from you as to why you would like to do this workshop and your suitability for it. Remember that this is not a beginner’s level workshop, so you will need to provide some evidence of your previous work and ability.

Please apply HERE

On the application form you will be asked to upload:
1. A link to your digital portfolio. Please be clear what is yours and what is collaborative work in your portfolio.
2. A very brief video (max. 2 minutes long, in an MP4 or.MOV format) to give us a sense of who you are and what your motivation is in taking this workshop. You can show us some of your designs or a finished artefact if you like.


Application Deadline: 30th March 2022 at 4pm.

Our Lecturer says...

My name is Paul McDonnell and it has been my job for the past 25 years to make characters come to life. It has always been my dream to create believable characters. I have created creatures and characters for the film, TV, Animation and Spectacle arts industries.  In this time, I also had the pleasure to teach and share the skills I have learned. If you would like to completely immerse yourself into creating a Hyper-realistic character join us at this workshop.


For more information on Paul and his work, please visit:

Contact us

If you have any query on our Design for Technical Arts Workshop, please email Elena Somoza – CFA Coordinator at IADT:


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