About the course
Studying on the Prop Making pathway of the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice course, you will:
- Receive intensive training in making props using a broad range of materials and techniques
- Develop research-based, aesthetic and technical design interpretation choices
- Undertake industry placements within a range of professional practices
- Become one of Central’s Prop Makers: develop into a highly technically skilled, creatively inventive, collaborative and informed individual, able to contribute effectively and professionally to any production and its team.
What does Prop Making involve?
Prop Making reaches into all areas of the entertainment industry – theatre, film, television, window display, model animation, community arts, museum installation and replication work.
The Prop Maker will work with designers and directors to produce bespoke items for individual requirements. It is rare to make the same thing twice, so the Prop Maker has to be ingenious, quick-thinking, explorative, dexterous, enjoy problem solving and have a love of materials and all things three-dimensional.
Gain a high level of technical competence
You will gain experience and a high level of technical competence, working with a wide range of prop making materials and techniques in Central’s first-class facilities, including sculpting skills, casting techniques, welding, 3D printing, polystyrene carving, vacuum forming, carpentry, life casting, paint finishing and texturing. You will develop skills in research, analysis, collaboration and design interpretation, as well as strong technical drawing skills and an understanding of colour theories and working to scale. You will also cultivate a broad understanding of period styles and aesthetics.
Opportunities on the course
Central’s Prop Makers develop into highly technically skilled, creatively inventive, collaborative and informed individuals, able to contribute effectively and professionally to any production and its team. You will be offered a range of opportunities to develop excellent and comprehensive prop making skills as part of a prop making team, including on public productions at Central, working closely with students of other theatre disciplines in order to develop an overall understanding of performance and theatre production. You will also undertake placements in the industry to develop a full CV and further extend your skills. You will participate in a public exhibition presenting your work to invited industry employers and others.
Grades / Points
This section explains how much you will need to pay in tuition fees to study this course at this university. Fees vary by country of residence so make sure you select which country of residence applies to you.
£9,250 per year
These are the tuition fees you pay if you are resident in England
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About this University
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is a world-renowned drama institution specialising in the teaching and research of all things theatre and performance. With a central London location, industry-active teaching staff and researchers, Central has all the tools needed to support students looking to train in performance, applied theatre, technical theatre and much more besides. Students benefit from a large number of visiting industry professionals, dedicated technical support and first class facilities that includes the new North Block building, completed in January 2019.