A production designer must be versatile and imaginative, with an eye for detail and accuracy. This TV and Film Set Design course aims to prepare you for work in a professional art department in the film and television industry, and you’ll understand how drama and entertainment are developed from script to screen.
This is a specialist course, with very few others nationally and internationally. Based in Cardiff, there are great benefits of being near a range of production facilities and studios – BBC Drama at Roath Lock, Pinewood Wales, Dragon Studios, Bay Studios in Swansea, S4C, and many other independent companies. Work experience is a key part of the course and students have had successful placements on a wide range of productions locally and nationally, and have included Doctor Who, Sherlock and Casualty at BBC Roath Lock, and Red Dwarf and feature film The Nutcracker at Pinewood, London. USW’s TV and Film Set Design course is also part of Film & TV School Wales, which provides students with the skills and opportunities needed to work in today’s exciting TV and Film industry.
You will be immersed in a professional creative environment at our Cardiff campus, that benefits from strong industry links. You will develop an awareness of drawing, technical drawing and model-making, as well as explore the history of film and design to support your work.
Starting from a script or brief, you’ll learn how to design studio plans to scale, produce models, construction drawings and storyboards. You’ll also develop a full understanding of technical drawing, manual and in AutoCAD, model-making and visualising. For a versatile portfolio, you’ll design for single and multi-camera productions over different genres, including period drama, science fiction, situation comedy, and light entertainment.
Year One: TV and Film Set Design degree
- TV & Film Set Projects
- Surveying & Recording Spaces
- Scenic Construction Principles & Practice
- Methods of Analysis
- Visual Studies TV & Film Design
Year Two: TV and Film Set Design degree
- TV & Film Set Projects
- Professional Practice (TV & Film Design)
- Digital Visualisation
- Big Picture Small Screen
- Critical Analysis
Year Three: TV and Film Set Design degree
- TV & Film Set Design Major Project
- TV & Film Design Minor Project
Danny Clark studied BA (Hons) TV and Film Set Design and has since gone on to be involved in some of the biggest films of the past few years. Danny has just been awarded ‚Contribution for Excellence in Production Design on a Fantasy Feature Film’ from the Art Directors Guild for his work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.