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Production Design (Screen and Stage) BA (Hons)

Buckinghamshire New University

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Buckinghamshire New University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Ready to let your imagination run wild? At Bucks, we are here to help you embrace your creative side and develop the skills you require to bring productions and performances to life.We have links with industry specialists based at various studios all over the country as well as teaching staff with ample industry experience. This means you will have the opportunity to gain current knowledge and understanding of the design processes of working within tv, film and theatre. The University also has a base at the iconic Pinewood Studios, which means there could be opportunities to engage with the community there.From day one you will start to build a portfolio of skills and produce work relevant to industry requirements. You will work on a range of live industry briefs and collaborate with other creative courses such as performing arts and television production.We have been awarded £1.6m to fund new development for a range of courses, so you have access to industry-standard kit to undertake your course at our campus at High Wycombe.Learn from industry experts.Work on briefs with students from our other Bucks courses to develop your skills in collaborative working.Benefit from creating sets within a studio environment, complete with props stores and excellent workshop facilities, working with a variety of materials such as wood, metal and plastic.Acquire skills in 3D printing with Autodesk Fusion 360.Build an impressive portfolio suitable for industry.Study theory modules to understand the context behind your practical work.With expertise in technical skills and heaps of creativity, production design helps tum scripts into 3 dimensional environments for stage and screen. We have designed this course to prepare you for a career in film, TV and theatre.On this course, your time will be divided between exploring theory and experimenting with various techniques. We will boost your understanding of design, aesthetics, form and function as well as skills in the workshop and production.As well as your studies, you will be able to watch screenings, listen to industry talks and create connections through network platforms.Here at Bucks, as well as the industry experts, we have an experienced team to run workshops and build your technical knowledge. You will be taught by professionals from industry who have worked in product and set design.At the beginning of the course you will be taught basic techniques of drafting by hand then digitally transferred over to CAD to produce 3D printed models. You will experiment with materials and see how they perform within your design concepts. Learn about materials that are appropriate for prop and model making through to set construction. This will incorporate learning about the craft of the industry and relevant health and safety procedures.Once you feel confident with the basics, we will show you how production design works as a discipline and collaborates with other departments within filmmaking. You will analyse scripts and learn how to interpret and work from a brief, demonstrating a professional understanding of the design process.As you move on to your second year, learning will become more detailed. Your skills will be applied to more complex briefs, involving concepts for sets, and developing them into the final construction stage and learning how to work the set as an assistant art director. This will run along-side the preparation of your cv and understanding professional contexts.In your last year, you will work on your final project. It might be a series of props for a particular show, or the design for a historic theatre/film design. You will be asked to write a dissertation to support the project and justify your design concept.By graduation, we want you to feel you are prepared to start your ca

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 12,500per year

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UCAS Points : 80


University information

Buckinghamshire New University

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  • Campus address

    Buckinghamshire New University, Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 2JZ, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    98th out of 102

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    113 59%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    39 39%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.97 79%



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