University of South Wales

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of South Wales (Prifysgol De Cymru)

TV and Film Set Design

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Course summary

One of only two specialist TV and Film Set Design courses in the UK, this hands-on course will prepare you for work in a professional art department in the film and television industry. You will understand how drama and entertainment are developed from script to screen. For a versatile portfolio, you’ll learn how to design for single and multi-camera productions over different genres, including period drama, science fiction, situation comedy, and light entertainment. Studying TV and Film Set Design in Cardiff, you’ll benefit from being near major BBC production facilities and other independent producers, and from opportunities to work on real projects with industry. Previous partnerships have included work experience on BBC dramas, including Doctor Who, Atlantis, Casualty and Wizards vs Aliens. USW’s TV and Film Set Design degree has a strong reputation in industry and graduate success covers wide-ranging productions, feature films, light entertainment, commercials, music videos and TV dramas, including Star Wars, Anna Karenina, Doctor Who, Da Vinci’s Demons, The Mimic, Cowboys and Aliens, Celebrity Juice, The Inbetweeners and Benidorm.


You will be immersed in a professional creative environment that benefits from strong industry links. You will develop an awareness of drawing, technical drawing and model-making, as well as explore the history of film and design to support your work. Starting from a script or a brief, you will learn how to design studio plans to scale, make set models and produce construction drawings and storyboards. Year One •TV & Film Set Projects •Surveying & Recording Spaces •Scenic Construction Principles & Practice •Methods of Analysis •Visual Studies TV & Film Design Year Two •TV & Film Set Projects •Professional Practice (TV & Film Design) •Digital Visualisation •Big Picture Small Screen •Critical Analysis Year Three •TV & Film Set Design Major Project •TV & Film Design Minor Project •Dissertation

Assessment method

Course assessment is through regular coursework submissions, in addition to examinations in some areas.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances

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Additional entry requirements


Selection for this course is based on a suitable application and attendance at an interview with successful outcome. Your interview is an opportunity for you to talk about your interests and ideas, and to find out what is so special about TV and Film Set Design at USW.


We encourage you to bring either a portfolio or examples of your work (digital/physical) to your interview. If your interview is online, a link to your portfolio or work can be sent to [email protected]. Your portfolio should display competencies to support your application to this course and should demonstrate your creative process and examples of your work. This can include any sketchbooks or journals.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
International £12600 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed on the University website (on individual course pages). Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense. Students from Wales and the EU may be eligible for a means-tested Welsh Government Learning Grant. Please visit the University website for full details.
TV and Film Set Design at University of South Wales - UCAS