The Northern School of Art

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Arts University Bournemouth

Production Design for Stage & Screen

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Course summary

This course will not only allows you to develop your conceptual design and visualisation skills, which a top design team requires, but will also allow you to gain specialist practical skills such as white card model making, prop making, full scale scenic construction and painting, concept art, storyboarding and character development. It will provide you with a portfolio of skills to work predominantly in the television, film and theatre industries. Our programme is based within a framework of creative and professional practice. We have more than twenty years’ of experience in developing graduates for the entertainment industries through consultation with our industry partners, who have encouraged the development of practical skills that they need. You will explore all aspects of this exciting industry, through introductory modules such as ‘Workshop and Studio Practice’, ‘Creative Cultures’, ‘Industry Awareness’ and ‘Visual Communication’, enabling you to practise working collaboratively with other students in all areas of film, television, theatre and performance production. Students have access to a range of technical and specialist materials and equipment – including a wide range of industry-standard workshop machinery, a full-scale construction workshop and, laser-cutting and 3D-print workshops. All supported by a full range of industry-standard software. You are part of a creative, collaborative community working across the full range of degree programmes to experience the full production process: acting, model making, costume and film, television and theatre production, in our in-house theatre and TV studios. In your first term, you work on designing and building sets, characters and props. Often beginning with basics techniques, you will learn the illustrative and design skills to produce concept art, models and technical drawings to realise your ideas. You will also develop practical-workshop skills to support scenic construction, moulding and casting, scenic painting and sculpting. It is a hands-on course where in your second year of study you will be researching, designing and presenting your ideas while having the opportunity to construct a full-scale set in our specialist build studios. Your work is supported by industry professionals and live assignment work. Finally: you have the opportunity to develop your individual interests through your final major project, dissertation and the development of your industry-ready portfolio. Industry Links Royal Opera House BBC Disney Darlington Hippodrome Theatre Northern Film & Media Screen Yorkshire Pinewood Studios Starz TV Candle & Bell Productions Opera North Rough Cut TV Event Prop Hire Hartlepool Museum Services Elysium Theatre Company

Course details


In your first year (Level 4):

  • Industry Awareness
  • Workshop and Studio Practice
  • Introduction to Creative Cultures
  • Visual Communications
  • Concept Development
  • 2D and 3D Visualisation Techniques
In your second year (Level 5):
  • Professional Practice
  • Production Practice
  • Theories of Creative Culture
  • Advanced Visual Techniques
  • Production Design Methodology
In your third year (Level 6):
  • Project Research and Preparation
  • Dissertation/Report
  • Final Major Project
- Final Show and Portfolio

Assessment method

In course assessment. Each module is assessed upon completion and given a percentage mark.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

We do not currently accept students from outside of the UK. However, we can accept applications from those have evidence of pre-settled status to live, work and study in the UK. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Your potential is our main focus when assessing your suitability for the programme you have applied to. Because of this, we take into account all aspects of your application and not just your academic profile. If you are a mature applicant (i.e. 21+ years), we will place more emphasis on your portfolio and the skills and experience you can demonstrate at interview. Your portfolio, which you bring to interview, is an integral part of the assessment. It should demonstrate your current skills, interests and knowledge where appropriate. It is also expected that you will bring evidence of written work to interview and/or have a Level 2 qualification in English/Literacy.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

As with most creative programmes delivered at higher education, this programme will have additional costs such as material and basic tools and contribution towards educational visits to ensure successful completion of the programme. The School offers financial support packages to help with this, whether this be through means-tested bursaries and/or grants. In addition, the School offers subsidised resale of course materials, free use of studios etc. More detailed information is provided at the interview stage; however, if you require this sooner please contact [email protected]
Production Design for Stage & Screen at The Northern School of Art - UCAS