Design Model Production

Modeling Innovative Futures at Irvine Valley College 

Over the last several years, digital technology has revolutionized the way models and prototypes are designed and created. As this industry continues to evolve, opportunities for workers with the cutting-edge, high-tech skills needed to create complex designs, models, and prototypes will continue to grow.

Rapid model making is a valued part of many industries, such as transportation, architecture, product creation and packaging, media, and entertainment. Both the degree and certificate programs offered by IVC’s Design Model Making and Rapid Prototyping department are occupational in nature, and were created to meet industry requirements and lead directly to employment in the field. 

Students explore the elements of creative thinking and interpretation used in the design process, while learning traditional and cutting-edge techniques used to construct prototypes. In advanced courses, students choose a field of specialization to explore methods and materials in digital simulation, modeling and rapid prototyping. 

Because this field continues to evolve and adopt new technologies, the demand for workers who possess these advanced, up-to-date skills is projected to remain high, well into the future!

Ready to launch a Future BUILT career in Design Model Making? It all starts at Irvine Valley College!


What You Need to Know

What Degrees and Certificates Are Available to Me?
IVC offers a variety of program types to help build your future-proof career! 

Associate in Science Degrees
These two-year college degrees are designed for students who want to gain in-depth understanding of a particular field in order to enter a specific profession or to prepare for further education at a technical or trade school, or a 4-year college or university.

IVC Offers an AS in:
Design Model Making & Rapid Prototyping

Certificates of Achievement
Certificates of Achievement are state-approved certificates that acknowledge workplace competencies and job readiness in a particular field. In many cases, the courses that comprise a certificate of achievement are the same as those required for an associate degree, minus the General Education courses.

IVC Offers a COA in:
Design Model Making & Rapid Prototyping

Make sure your class schedule is built for success. Visit the course catalog to see what classes you need to earn your degree or certificate in Design Model Production.

Irvine Valley College is proud to provide our communities with affordable, accessible Career Education opportunities. Click for details on program costs and fees for the Design Model Production department.

Financial Aid, Scholarships & Grants

Want to learn how financial aid, scholarships and grants can make college more affordable? IVC’s Financial Aid Office has all the information you need!

School of Integrated Design, Automation and Engineering
Department Offices: 949-367-8301

Debbie Vanschoelandt
Interim Dean, Integrated Design, Automation and Engineering
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Full-Time Faculty:

Matthew Wolken 
IDEA Department Chair
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Brett McKim 
Design Model Making Instructor
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IVC Design Model Making and Rapid Prototyping graduates are building successful futures in careers like these, and more! Here are some in-demand job titles and their average yearly salaries.

Commercial & Industrial Designers = $63,418 
Mechanical Drafters = $53,357 
Machinists = $40,051 
Patternmakers, Metal & Plastic = $38,400 
Tool & Die Makers = $48,134 
Model Makers, Metal & Plastic = $50,554 
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators = $36,154 
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers = $56,851 

Average Salary In This Field

Average Salary In This Field

$36,154 to
Per Year

Potential Careers

Potential Careers

Mechanical Drafters
Tool & Die Maker
Model Maker

Have Questions? Talk To A Counselor!

You’ve made an independent choice to boost your life and career through Career Education at IVC… but you’re not alone! Talk to a counselor for information on getting started, planning your career pathway, and more!

Our Students Love Us!

“From my first class in the DMP program I knew I was in the right place to pursue my dreams… Nowhere else can you learn all the skills to be a prop maker, engineer, product developer, and 3D printing specialist all in one program. Enrolling in this program was the best choice I could have made and I’ve never regretted it.”
- Nevada Jack Smith, IVC Alum
[IVC offers] a hands-on educational perspective applied to up-to-date hardware within the subjects of additive and subtractive manufacturing, prototyping, and engineering. [Professor McKim’s] support for his students helped me get my next job, one which I plan to stay with permanently.”
- Alexander Bowers, IVC Alum
“I enjoyed being involved on campus and making connections with the campus community. I would encourage any future students to engage on campus in any and every way they can.”
- Danielle Richmond, IVC Student