With expertise in technical skills and heaps of creativity, production design helps turn scripts into three-dimensional environments for stage and screen. We have designed this course to prepare you for a career in film, TV and theatre.
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.
Why study this subject?
As a set, production or stage designer, you’ll need the expertise, technical skills and creativity to help turn scripts into 3 dimensional environments for stage and screen.
Working in film, theatre or live performance you could take on a number of roles from production designer to model maker, art director to production design co-ordinator, stylist or illustrator.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
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.
What facilities can I use?
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.
You’ll 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. You will also acquire skills in 3D printing with Autodesk Fusion 360.
What will I study?
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’ll 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’ll analyse scripts and learn how to interpret and work from a brief, demonstrating a professional understanding of the design process.
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