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Course summary

Specialise your skills and knowledge in props and modelmaking with this fast-track, two year degree. Focus on the design and fabrication of physically based film and television special effects using a range of art, engineering and science technologies. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? With a history of delivering expert craft, art and design education for more than 130 years, Buckinghamshire New University is the perfect place to start your creative career. Led by a dedicated and experienced course team, you’ll benefit from their industry knowledge and the industry links they bring to the course. Many of our guest lecturers are specialists based at various studios all over the country. The University also has a teaching base at the iconic Pinewood Studios, which means there could be opportunities to engage with the community there. What facilities can I use? Our industry standard facilities are here to help you produce your most creative ideas. We will build your confidence in using the latest postproduction software. Our other specialist resources including; CNC and laser cutter machines engineering & modelmaking workshop equipped with the latest advanced tools plastic lab prosthetics lab CAD software high end cameras photography studios equipped with industry standard blue/ green screen. blue/green screen video studio computer and CGI lab adobe creative suit Auto desk. At every step you’ll be supported by a dedicated team of technicians who will provide you with advice, technical assistance and support to realise your assignment briefs and final project. What will I study? The BA(Hons) SFX Props and Modelmaking course at BNU will allow you to focus on the design and fabrication of physically-based film and television special effects using a range of art, engineering and science technologies. This will include props design & fabrication, character creation, prosthetics for prop-making, engineering and functional model making. This practical course will be delivered in our specialist 3D modelmaking & engineering workshop at the High Wycombe campus and with access to the prosthetics lab at our BNU base in Pinewood studios. This taught practical-based course is industry-focused and will provide opportunities for students to engage with a broad range of skills and techniques required within special effects props and modelmaking production for film and TV and related creative industries. Your studies will be supported by the technical team input who are highly experienced and supportive with a great wealth of technical production and material knowledge. The course embraces new and emerging techniques and technologies, maintaining currency and diversity through well-established links and communications with the creative industry. What are my career prospects? Upon graduation, you will be prepared for a range of career possibilities. Using the skills and knowledge learnt on this course, you could find yourself performing the following roles all over the world: Props design and fabrication Character Designer Animation 3D Sculptor Prosthetics Modelmaking Pre-visualisation artist Technical Director (TD) Creative mould-maker Rig builder Operator Engineering system design Digital artist Film & Television production assistant You may also wish to stay on at Buckinghamshire New University and study a full-time or part-time postgraduate course, such as MA Special Effects for Film and TV.


Term one Core Modules Computer Aided Design Design Theory 2D Visualisation Chemical Studies and Technological Applications SFX Character Design Design Theory SFX Props and Model Production 1 Term two Core Modules 3D Modelling & Simulation SFX Character Design 2 SFX Rigging & Manufacturing Advanced Prosthetics Production SFX Props and Model Production 2 Special Effects Film Study Term three Core Modules Creative and Professional Development Professional Practice & Business Management Dissertation Pre-production Final Major Project

Assessment method

You’ll benefit by learning from lecturers with real sector experience and an insight into working-life. You could also benefit from access to our network of guest speakers, industry experts and successful alumni. You will be assessed in a variety of ways, from studio projects and workshop and media outcomes to group and individual case studies and written assignments.

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The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Tuition fees

Channel Islands £11100 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £11100 Year 1
England £11100 Year 1
Northern Ireland £11100 Year 1
Scotland £11100 Year 1
Wales £11100 Year 1
EU £18000 Year 1
International £18000 Year 1

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SFX Props & Modelmaking for Film and TV at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS