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Nottingham Trent University

Design for Stage and Screen (Design for Film and Television)

UCAS Code: W280

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.

Pass your Access course with 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent GCSE Maths grade C/4 or GCSE Science grade C/4 or equivalent

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC level 3 National Diploma and one A-Level or equivalent qualification.

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-levels or equivalent qualifications

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

DMM

UCAS Tariff

112

You may also need to…

Attend an interview

Present a portfolio

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Stage design

Created in close collaboration with the film and television industry, this course will prepare you for a successful career as a production designer, art director or other art department role. Learn a wide range of art department skills including set design, visualisation and drafting.

**Key features**

- As a dedicated art and design school, our facilities promote collaboration and innovation. You’ll be working alongside artists, designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, and filmmakers.

- Opportunity to apply for a European or international exchange to one of our partner institutions, such as RMIT in Australia.

- All first-year students within the School of Art & Design will work together on a joint project.

- The School supports your course in developing a flexible approach that enables work experience / placement activity to occur within modules.

- Industry experts and specialists are a regular feature of the course, either delivering guest lectures and workshops or working more closely with you on live projects. Recent industry experts include: Oscar-nominated production designer Maria Djurkovic (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Billy Elliot, The Imitation Game) and BAFTA award-winning production designer Charles Wood (Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange).

- Recent study trips have included the Harry Potter film studios, London and the Luc Besson studios, Paris.

- You’ll showcase your work at our Student Showcase, with the opportunity to exhibit at a high-profile industry venue, such as Pinewood Studios.

- We're ranked 12th best University for Art and Design in the UK. (The Complete University Guide 2021).

- 100% of our undergraduate Design for Film & TV students are satisfied with the quality of this course (National Student Survey 2020).

**Assessment**

Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will receive feedback throughout each module and will be awarded a grade.

**Employability**

This course has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 95% of graduates in employment or further study within six months (DLHE survey 2016/17).

Our graduates go on to work in roles such as production designer, art director, art department assistant, model maker, draughtsperson, graphic designer, concept /storyboard artist and set dresser. Recent graduate destinations include Vanity Fair, Electric Dreams, Victoria, Britannia, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Legend of Tarzan and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Modules

[Year One]

Introduction to Design for Film and Television (100 credit points)
You’ll be introduced to production design practices and vocabulary within film and television. Complete a range of challenging, real-situation-based design projects that will allow you to develop skills and understanding in illustration and visualisation, model making, lighting, storyboarding, technical drawing, life drawing, key computer software, working from script, and location scouting and surveying. You’ll also start to assemble a portfolio and a professional practice journal.

Contextual Studies 1 (20 credit points)
Develop your skills in researching and analysing visual material in the context of film and television. Negotiate a topic related to film and television that you’ll present to your fellow students at the start of the module. By the end, you’ll have developed this into a 2,500 word illustrated essay.

[Year Two]

Exploring Design for Film and Television (100 credit points)
Further develop the skills gained in Year One through a range of design projects. These will cover designs for period-accurate props, light entertainment, close-up design detail, promotional music videos, and working from a script. Build your professional portfolio and continue to develop your professional practice journal from Year One.

Contextual Studies 2 (20 credit points)
Explore and experiment with: the analysis of moving image texts; techniques or sociological factors influencing production, genres or practitioners; critical approaches to the study of the moving image; and the history and future of film and television. Research a personal topic that you’ll present to your fellow students at the start of the module and develop into a 3,500-word illustrated essay by the end.

[Final Year]

Design for Film and Television: Exposition (120 credit points)
Demonstrate skills, competencies, and an understanding of film and television industry production design practice to a professional level. Complete a short film design project, two personal negotiated projects (to demonstrate a range of genres), a written dissertation of 5,000 words, and a professional practice journal.

The Uni


Course location:

City Campus

Department:

School of Art and Design

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

91%
high
Stage design

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

Teaching and learning

98%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
95%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
97%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
81%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
28%
Male students
72%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
18%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
A*

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
56%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

35%
Design occupations
19%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
Customer service occupations

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Performing arts

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£14k

£14k

£22k

£22k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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