University Centre Grimsby

Human Scale Prop-Making University Centre Grimsby Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Hull


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From Gandalf’s staff, to Harry Potter’s Monster Book of Monsters, not just props, but 3D characters in their own right – on completion of our BA (Hons) Human Scale Prop Making programme, our students will graduate with the practical skills and contextual awareness to create exciting and characterful 3D props for Film, Television, Theatre or Exhibition.
Not only will students be grounded in an understanding of materials, core principles of form, volume and silhouette, but will have formed the ability to contextualise their work, applying and supporting it with integrated theory and practice. Research and design will be integral to all making, progressing from initial awareness to later application and synthesis of culture, periods of time, style and genre to their practical work. Research will be in the form of recording, using written explanation, essays and presentations.
Students will be encouraged to explore the characterisation of their practical work and will progress on a journey of awareness from initial basic making to realising and being aware of the emotional responses to an object in relation to its design, look and grounding in authenticity. An introduction to script breakdown, through requirements of the text will also be analysed.
Students will further progress to being independent thinkers, elevating their practical skills with thoughtful understanding. In practical terms, they will be able to draw upon their acquired evaluation of style and culture, applying it to their 3D work, to support its ‘reality’ and underpinning its success.
Students will be used to working competently, independently or as part of a team. Independently, they will develop their personal skills, to self-motivate and constantly progress. As part of a team, they can work on more complex projects, plan and organise collectively and work on their reliability and dependability, being aware of and taking advantage of collaborative efforts. This echoes the industry workplace.
Through their thorough, practical workshop skills, and professional practice application, students will be progressively able to independently plan and evaluate the best approach to their making, using constant ongoing problem solving to work through differing interpretations. Students will acquire the skills to maximise the success of a final piece of work within the constraints of time, budget and requirement, using drawings and plans to visualise, appraise and timetable effectively. They will develop the ability to overcome the challenging situations that inevitably occur during making and construction, using required changes as a positive towards improvement. This grounding in industry-based reality allows the student to independently apply a greater understanding of industry work requirements, and support their employability skills.
By the end of the programme, students will be able to present themselves and their work confidently and clearly, using their portfolio of work compiled during their three years study. Their communication skills will have been developed through initial studio presentations followed by outsourced practical work, where all their acquired skills will be put into practice in a client supplier situation. This will strengthen their employability and entrepreneurship, preparing students for the realities of Industry where sourcing work, presenting ideas, self-promotion and bidding against others is core. These needs will be supported by a final exploration of Professional Practice, where all these requirements are taken into consideration, explored and practiced. The industry standard that supports all their learning allows them to communicate and demonstrate to prospective employers their competent practical skills and contextual awareness, in a grounded and employable manner.

Course details


Level 4
Lexicon of the Object
Resistant Materials: Fundamentals
Non Resistant Materials Basics
Creating for Creatures and Characters
Contextual Studies Study Skills

Level 5
Existing Prop Adaption or Restoration
Multiple Prop Manufacturing Techniques
Genre and Character in the Media
Industry Group Project
Advanced Specialist Prop-Making Skills
Research Methods

Level 6
Preliminary Practical Project
Final Major Project
Professional Identity & Employability

Assessment method

Students are required to continually develop portfolios of work which demonstrate their critical and creative thinking, and which break down their creative processes in an accessible and highly professional manner. Students can demonstrate their achievement of the programme outcomes in a highly visual and individual way, which assists in the formative assessment approach and also helps students to become more reflective practitioners.
A key aspect of the programme’s approach to assessment is feedback. This is delivered in a formative and summative manner with the formative approach being most commonly used throughout the programme. Feedback is given in a verbal way throughout and students have the responsibility to maintain a journal of feedback and their own critical and reflective analysis.
Summative assessment is used at the end of each module or semester to give indicative grades for modules and an overall sense of where students are in relation to final classifications.
A proportion of assessment takes place during group critiques of work whereby a small group of students and members of the staff team critically engage the students during an open discussion. The use of the group critique as a means of assessment allows students to develop their ability to verbally articulate their individual practice. It also offers an opportunity to see fellow students work and discuss it. This assessment approach is transparent and promotes assessment as part of the learning within the unit of study for the full range of learners. Students will learn not only from the assessment and discussion relating to work but also from that of peers. This approach will enable understanding how work is assessed.

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

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Course code HSG1
Institution code G80
Campus name Nuns Corner Campus
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

The Institute recognises a wide range of entry qualifications as being equivalent to A’ level standard; if students hold a qualification not listed above please contact the Institute's admissions team on +44 (0) 1472 311222 ext 434. International students must evidence they possess a satisfactory command of English language in terms of reading, writing, listening and are expected to have achieved Level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR), as defined by UK Visas and Immigration.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points Must Hold grade 4 in English and Maths.

In line with the widening participation brief and lifelong learning strategy, the Institute will also encourage applications from non-traditional learners who lack formal academic qualifications. All such non-traditional applicants will be interviewed and will carry out a bespoke assignment in order to assess their academic potential and relevant experience.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £8,500 Year 1
EU £8,500 Year 1
International £10,500 Year 1
England £8,500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8,500 Year 1
Scotland £8,500 Year 1
Wales £8,500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Accommodation costs are £85-105 per week. Students are required to purchase a specific kit containing materials and tools vital for prop making which will see you through your degree and on in to industry. The kit is priced at £400 and successful applicants will be instructed on how to order. Workshops, general materials and tools are provided by the course.

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University Centre Grimsby
Nuns Corner
DN34 5BQ

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