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Course summary

This course is also offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate programme. Degrees at BNU are designed to offer a broader and more flexible education by giving you the opportunity to try a range of subjects before specialising. Even if you know exactly what you want to do, with most of our courses you can choose to study additional subjects to enhance your education. What facilities can I use? Studying at both our High Wycombe campus and teaching base at Pinewood Studios, you’ll be able to get a feel for life on set, develop your skills and understanding of this fast-paced industry, all right in the hustle and bustle of a working studio. You’ll benefit from creating sets within a studio environment, complete with prop stores and workshop facilities for wood, metal and plastic. You will also acquire skills in using our laser cutter and 3D printing equipment. The course gives you access to a wide range of resources including digital suites, where you will learn how to use Auto CAD, Rhino and other software such as Photoshop and InDesign. What will I learn? During you time studying on this degree, we aim to develop you into creative, reflective and skilled professionals in the production design practices of theatre, film and television. We do this by providing you with an environment where you can explore your ideas and push the boundaries with set design. The course material that you will be provided with is rooted in contemporary practice, benchmarked by ongoing input from industry, and contextualised by a historical and theoretical overview. You will learn to respond to design briefs and produce high quality outcomes, through rigorous research, analysis, experimentation and development of skills. We’ll teach you about aesthetics and form, technical skills such as workshop and production techniques and CAD and technical drawing, giving you a well-rounded understanding of design methods. Provided with a broad range of core skills required for the creative industry, you will hone and develop your specialist interests, graduating with a portfolio tailored to suit your chosen profession. The course also emphasises the importance of cultivating unique, personal entrepreneurial skills to prepare you to work within the professional environment. By being equipped with the right tools to effectively communicate with other departments and professions and produce outcomes that are aimed at international markets you are widening your career prospects. At the same time, the course embeds critical and analytical skills through contextual studies, providing you with a broader awareness of theoretical debates within media and cultural studies and related industries. With London only a short train ride away, students will also experience visits to prop stores, sets and set stores, material suppliers and manufacturing professionals to better prepare themselves for the research activities proposed in the programme. 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: Production designer for film, theatre, or live performances Design assistant or designer Art director or assistant Model maker Buyer or production specifier Studio manager or production design coordinator Film/theatre/performance stylist Film illustrator.


Foundation Year Core Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity Preparing for Success: Self-development and Responsibility Inquiry Based Learning Introduction to Design and Development Year one Core Historical and Contextual Studies Materials and Processes Design from Script Design Communication and Visualisation 1 (Traditionally) Design Communication and Visualisation 2 (Digital) Opportunity 2 x 10 credit year one Opportunity modules Year two Core Professional Studies for Set Design Collaborative Design and Practice 1 (Conceptual Design) Collaborative Design and Practice 2 (Set Realisation) The Visual and Spatial Narrative Contextual studies 2 (Set Design) Opportunity 2 x 10 credit year two Opportunity modules Year three Core Final Major Project Professional Practice Contextual Report on Practice Creative and Professional Development Experimental Design and Concepts

Assessment method

The BA (Hons) Set Design for Stage and Screen degree encompasses a wide variety of teaching and learning methods. Most of this degree is workshop based, here we aim to create the ethos of a professional real-world environment. As set design student you’ll have to complete a series of modules and projects across your time spent studying with us. Projects are designed to present new challenges to you as you progress through the course. By the end of your time with BNU, you’ll benefit from a full portfolio to go to employers with. We also aim to provide masterclasses and industry brief opportunities for you to apply your knowledge, skills and understanding into real-world contexts, whilst gaining feedback from current industry-leaders. Individual and small group tutorials led by industry professionals and business mentors, are not only to support you throughout the degree but more importantly to prepare you the professional world afterwards with an outstanding portfolio and a network of employers. You’ll also be assessed though; 1:1 or small group tutorials, Portfolio and presentations, written assessments, sketchbooks, group critiques and self-directed study. By being based at Pinewood Studios for some of the programme, you are exposed, daily, to real world experiences and opportunities.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £15000 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

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Set Design for Screen and Stage with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS