The Northern School of Art (formerly Cleveland College of Art and Design)

Production Design for Stage & Screen The Northern School of Art (formerly Cleveland College of Art and Design) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Arts University Bournemouth


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TEF Gold

The Northern School of Art (formerly Cleveland College of Art and Design) has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.

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This unique programme has been designed to support the exciting, fast growing industry of Production Design for TV Theatre and Film. It not only allows you to develop your design and realisation skills which a top production designer would need, but also to develop specialist skills such as prop making, sculpting, concept art and character development. These are all specialist skills which the production designer would employ as part of their creative team.

This degree offers you a unique and challenging opportunity to develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge for the design, development and production of sets, props and characters. Based within a framework of creative and professional practice, and with more than twenty years’ experience in developing production designers for the entertainment industries in consultation with employers, we offer a mix of skills that make our graduates stand out from the crowd.

Previous work experience opportunities include:

  • Beowulf for ITV Productions

  • The Dumping Ground, BBC Productions

  • Royal Opera House, London

  • Lime House Golem, HanWay Films

Live projects with industry are embedded throughout the three years of study, we work with companies including:

  • Creature Encounters Birmingham

  • Theatre Royal Newcastle

  • Rowntree Theatre, York

  • Preston Hall Museum, Stockton

  • Storm City, Pioneer TV, for Sky One

Course details


In your first year (Level Four) you will explore: • Traditional drawing and visualisation techniques • Concept development • Creative and workshop practice • Practical and technical skills for the development of sets, props and characters • An Introduction to materials, media and equipment • An Introduction to Digital media for 2D and 3D visualisation • Professional Studies exploring the creative industries for production design • Contextual influences on contemporary culture and art history.

In your second year (Level Five) you will develop: An individual specialist focus for your creative practice in production design • Critical, analytical, communication and problem-solving skills through negotiated learning • Advanced Digital media for 2D and 3D visualisation • Professional practice and links with the creative industries • Employability skills
In your third year (Level Six) you will produce: A Final self-directed Minor and Major Project • A Dissertation • Final year exhibition • Professional portfolio for employment • Self-promotional material

Assessment method

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

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 W490
Institution code C71
Campus name The Northern School of Art
Campus code H

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 EU.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE Diploma
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Pass Foundation Diploma

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.

Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 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

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, scholarships or grants. In addition, the College 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

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The Northern School of Art (formerly Cleveland College of Art and Design)
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TS24 7EX

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