Course Overview With expertise in technical skills and heaps of creativity, production design helps turn scripts into three-dimensional environments for stage and screen. We have designed this course to prepare you for a career in film, TV and theatre. We will boost your understanding of design, aesthetics, form and function as well as skills in the workshop and production. As well as your studies, you will be able to watch screenings, listen to industry talks and create connections through network platforms. Why study this subject? As a set, production or stage designer, you'll need the expertise, technical skills and creativity to help turn scripts into 3 dimensional environments for stage and screen. Working in film, theatre or live performance you could take on a number of roles from production designer to model maker, art director to production design co-ordinator, stylist or illustrator. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? We have links with industry specialists based at various studios all over the country as well as teaching staff with ample industry experience. This means you will have the opportunity to gain current knowledge and understanding of the design processes of working within tv, film and theatre. The University also has a base at the iconic Pinewood Studios, which means there could be opportunities to engage with the community there. What facilities can I use? We have been awarded £1.6m to fund new development for a range of courses, so you have access to industry-standard kit to undertake your course at our campus at High Wycombe. You'll benefit from creating sets within a studio environment, complete with props stores and excellent workshop facilities, working with a variety of materials such as wood, metal and plastic. You will also acquire skills in 3D printing with Autodesk Fusion 360. What will I study? At the beginning of the course you will be taught basic techniques of drafting by hand then digitally transferred over to CAD to produce 3D printed models. You'll experiment with materials and see how they perform within your design concepts. Learn about materials that are appropriate for prop and model making through to set construction. This will incorporate learning about the craft of the industry and relevant health and safety procedures. Once you feel confident with the basics, we will show you how production design works as a discipline and collaborates with other departments within filmmaking. You'll analyse scripts and learn how to interpret and work from a brief, demonstrating a professional understanding of the design process. As you move on to your second year, learning will become more detailed. Your skills will be applied to more complex briefs, involving concepts for sets, and developing them into the final construction stage and learning how to work the set as an assistant art director. This will run along-side the preparation of your cv and understanding professional contexts. In your last year at BNU, you will spend the year working on your final project. This will be a project of your choice. It might be a series of props for a particular show, or the design for a historic theatre/film design. You will be asked to write a dissertation to support the project and justify your design concept. How will I be taught and assessed? Here at Buckinghamshire New University, as well as the industry experts, we have an experienced team to run workshops and build your technical knowledge. You'll be taught by professionals from industry who have worked in product and set design. The following assessment activities are used on this programme:
- Written assignments (essays, blogs, contextual reports)
- Workshop exercises and material experiments
- Drawings and CAD work
- Finished pieces in studio
- Essay/presentation/digital assessment drafts
- On-going studio work.
Year one Materials and Processes Design Communication and Visualisation Design from Script Contextual Studies 1 Year two The Visual and Spatial Narrative Collaborative Design and Practice Professional Studies for Production Design Contextual Studies 2 Year three Professional Practice Final Major Project Contextual Report on Production Design
Here at Buckinghamshire New University, as well as the industry experts, we have an experienced team to run workshops and build your technical knowledge. You'll be taught by professionals from industry who have worked in product and set design. The following assessment activities are used on this programme: Presentations Written assignments (essays, blogs, contextual reports) Sketchbooks Workshop exercises and material experiments Drawings and CAD work Finished pieces in studio Portfolios Essay/presentation/digital assessment drafts On-going studio work.
How to apply
This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.
Republic of Ireland
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Points of entry
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
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