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The Northern School of Art

Production Design for Stage & Screen

UCAS Code: W490

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

Entry requirements

A level


Pass Access to HE Diploma

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


Pass Foundation Diploma

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Full-time | 2021


Stage design

This degree not only allows you to develop your design and realisation skills, which a top design team requires, but also to gain specialist practical skills such as set-building, prop making, sculpting, concept art and character development.

It will provide you with the skills to design for television, film and theatre - from ‘white card’ scale models to full scale industry size sets. crowd.

Based within a framework of creative and professional practice, and with more than twenty years’ experience in developing production designers for the entertainment industries in consultation with employers, we offer a mix of skills that make you stand out from the crowd.

You will explore industry and commercial awareness, workshop and studio practice, creative cultures, visual communication, digital mould making, concept development, 2D & 3D techniques, professional practice, production practice, craft and skills - enabling you to practice working collaboratively in all areas of film, television, theatre and performance production.

You will have access to a wide range of technical and specialist equipment - including a wide range of industry standard machine and hand tools, laser cutter, 3D printer, full scale set construction workshop and industry standard software.

You will become part of a creative, collaborative community working across the full range of degree programmes to experience a full production process including acting, lighting, sound, photography, visual effects, costume and film, television and theatre production. Importantly, you will also be provided with your own working bay in a collaborative design studio and production space.

**Previous work experience opportunities include:**

- Beowulf for ITV Productions

- The Dumping Ground, BBC Productions

- Royal Opera House, London

- Lime House Golem, HanWay Films

**Live projects with industry are embedded throughout the three years of study, we work with companies including:**

- Creature Encounters Birmingham

- Theatre Royal Newcastle

- Rowntree Theatre, York

- Preston Hall Museum, Stockton

- Storm City, Pioneer TV, for Sky One


In your first year (Level 4):
- Industry Awareness
- Workshop and Studio Practice
- Introduction to Creative Cultures
- Visual Communication
- Concept Development
- 2D and 3D Visualisation Techniques

In your second year (Level 5):
- Professional Practice
- Production Practice
- Theories of Creative Cultures
- Advanced Visual Techniques
- Production Design Methodology

In your third year (Level 6):
- Project Research and Preparation
- Dissertation / Report
- Final Major Project
- Final Show and Portfolio

Assessment methods

In course assessment. Each module is assessed upon completion and given a percentage mark.

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