An Old Amersham student has picked up a prestigious award for model design.

Max Chases is one of five graduating students from the University of Hertfordshire’s Model Design Programme who scooped seven out of 12 prominent industry awards at the recent New Blades exhibition, in London.

This year’s show, organised by 4D modelshop, a model making material and services supply company based in East London, was the largest ever with 120 model makers exhibiting from five universities.

The show has become the major networking event for the model making community.

Max won the Asylum Creative Prize sponsored by Asylum Models.

Nick Morgan, Senior Lecturer in Model Design at the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire, said: “The wide variety of work displayed at this year’s show reflects the flourishing nature of the model making and special effects industries and the outstanding quality of Hertfordshire’s students.

“I congratulate all who exhibited; they are an inspiration to other students in the years to come and a source of great pride to the Model Design staff team.”

The University of Hertfordshire’s Model Design Programme is the only Special Effects course in the world to have been accredited by Creative Skillset.

Students have also worked on major feature films at leading UK studios, including making action props on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, James Bond: Spectre, Cinderella, The Huntsman, Fantastic Beasts, Assassins Creed and Beauty and the Beast.

Chris Corbould – one of the world’s leading Oscar winning Special Effects Supervisors, based at Pinewood Studios – also employed three of the University’s graduates on Skyfall, Spectre and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.