Design for Film and Television Nottingham Trent University

Undergraduate

Explore all aspects of contemporary production design practice for film and television. Created and maintained in close collaboration with the film and television industry, this course will prepare you for a successful career as a production designer, art director or other art department role.

You’ll gain a sound knowledge of scenic design and you’ll learn to manage design projects from an initial idea through to realisation. Learn a wide range of art department skills, including visualisation, draughting, industry-standard software use, small props creation and scale model making.

Benefit from the course’s excellent film and television industry connections and wealth of experience the teaching staff have. This opens up opportunities for you to have guest lectures with visiting professionals and diverse work experience and graduating employment opportunities.

Key features of the course:

  • We're delighted to be ranked 8th in the UK for Art & Design. (The Complete University Guide 2019).

  • This course has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 95% of graduates in employment or further study within six months (DLHE survey 2016/17).

  • The course consistently achieves high student satisfaction rates, with 93% of students saying they were satisfied in the National Student Survey 2017.

  • Learn a wide range of art department skills to set you up for a career in the film and television industry.

  • Benefit from the course’s industry connections for guest lectures, work experience, live projects and employment opportunities.

  • Study in facilities that reflect the latest industry standards, learning from staff who have industry experience.

  • Undertake optional work placements on a wide variety of productions. Recent examples include: Star Wars, Strictly Come Dancing, Hollyoaks, Downton Abbey, and Peaky Blinders.

  • Opportunity to apply for an international exchange to one of our partner institutions, such as RMIT in Australia.

  • Recent study trips have included the Harry Potter film studios, UK; film studios in Paris, Berlin, Prague, Rome and Budapest; and the Museum of Cinema, Turin.

  • Showcase your work at our Degree Show in Nottingham, with a chance to exhibit at New Designers, London.

  • Be selected to showcase your work at high-profile industry venues such as Shepperton Studios and Pinewood Studios.

  • The course has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, a mark of quality demonstrating that the course is benchmarked to contemporary industry standards of excellence.

Assessment

Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will receive feedback throughout each module and will be awarded a grade.

Employability

This course has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 95% of graduates in employment or further study within six months (DLHE survey 2016/17). Our graduates work across the film and television industry, in a variety of art department roles such as art direction, production and set design, set dress, and storyboard artist. Recent graduate destinations include Vanity Fair, Electric Dreams, Victoria, and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Location

    City Campus

  • Start date

    21 September 2018

  • Duration

    3 years


Course details

Modules

[Year One] • Introduction to Design for Film and Television (100 credit points)
You’ll be introduced to production design practices and vocabulary within film and television. Complete a range of challenging, real-situation-based design projects that will allow you to develop skills and understanding in illustration and visualisation, model making, lighting, storyboarding, technical drawing, life drawing, key computer software, working from script, and location scouting and surveying. You’ll also start to assemble a portfolio and a professional practice journal.

• Contextual Studies 1 (20 credit points)
Develop your skills in researching and analysing visual material in the context of film and television. Negotiate a topic related to film and television that you’ll present to your fellow students at the start of the module. By the end, you’ll have developed this into a 2,500 word illustrated essay.

[Year Two]
• Exploring Design for Film and Television (100 credit points)
Further develop the skills gained in Year One through a range of design projects. These will cover designs for period-accurate props, light entertainment, close-up design detail, promotional music videos, and working from a script. Build your professional portfolio and continue to develop your professional practice journal from Year One.

• Contextual Studies 2 (20 credit points)
Explore and experiment with: the analysis of moving image texts; techniques or sociological factors influencing production, genres or practitioners; critical approaches to the study of the moving image; and the history and future of film and television. Research a personal topic that you’ll present to your fellow students at the start of the module and develop into a 3,500-word illustrated essay by the end.
[Final Year] • Design for Film and Television: Exposition (120 credit points)
Demonstrate skills, competencies, and an understanding of film and television industry production design practice to a professional level. Equip yourself with a final professional portfolio, CV, and personal marketing materials.

Complete a short film design project, two personal negotiated projects (to demonstrate a range of genres), a written dissertation of 5,000 words, and a professional practice journal. You’ll also exhibit your work in a final year Degree Show – a great opportunity for you to invite your industry contacts to view your work.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code W280
Institution code N91
Campus name City Campus
Campus code 1

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level BBC 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Levels
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma Pass your Access course with 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent
GCSE Maths grade C/4 or GCSE Science grade C/4 or equivalent
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and one A-Level or equivalent qualification
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-Levels or equivalent qualifications

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please contact Nottingham Trent University Admissions team for further information.

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Portfolio


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,450 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Your Course fees will increase each year in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.