BA (Hons)

Design for Film and Television

  • UCAS code(s): W280
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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Explore all aspects of contemporary production design practice for film and television. Created and maintained 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.

You’ll gain a sound knowledge of scenic design and you’ll learn to manage design projects from an initial idea through to realisation. Learn a wide range of art department skills, including visualisation, draughting, industry-standard software use, small props creation and scale model making.

Benefit from the course’s excellent film and television industry connections and wealth of experience the teaching staff have. This opens up opportunities for you to have guest lectures with visiting professionals and diverse work experience and graduating employment opportunities.

Key features

  • Learn a wide range of art department skills to set you up for a career in the film and television industry.
  • Benefit from the course’s industry connections for guest lectures, work experience, live projects and employment opportunities.
  • Study in facilities that reflect the latest industry standards, learning from staff who have industry experience.
  • Undertake optional work placements on a wide variety of productions. Recent examples include: Star Wars, Strictly Come Dancing, Hollyoaks, Downton Abbey, and Peaky Blinders.
  • Opportunity to apply for an international exchange to one of our partner institutions, such as RMIT in Australia.
  • Recent study trips have included the Harry Potter film studios, UK; film studios in Paris, Berlin, Prague and Budapest; and the Museum of Cinema, Turin.
  • Showcase your work at our Degree Show in Nottingham, with a chance to exhibit at New Designers, London.
  • Be selected to showcase your work at high-profile industry venues such as Shepperton Studios and Pinewood Studios.
  • The course has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, a mark of quality demonstrating that the course is benchmarked to contemporary industry standards of excellence.
  • The course consistently achieves high student satisfaction rates, with 93% of students saying they were satisfied in the National Student Survey 2017.
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What you'll study

  • Year One

    Both these modules run for the whole year.

    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.

    Throughout this module, you’ll develop a reflective journal to consider film viewings, what you learned, and your observations from a production design perspective.

  • Year Two

    Both these modules run for the whole year.

    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. Equip yourself with a final professional portfolio, CV, and personal marketing materials.

    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. You’ll also exhibit your work in a final year Degree Show – a great opportunity for you to invite your industry contacts to view your work.

Course specification

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Explore the whole process of production design, from concept to realisation.

How you’re taught

On this course, you’ll spend most of your time in a creative studio environment. Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • studio days
  • presentations
  • group and independent projects
  • demonstrations
  • research
  • reflective journals
  • work experience
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • study visits.

Assessment

Assessment for this course is 100% through coursework. You will be assessed at the end of each module and awarded a grade. You will receive feedback throughout.

Depending on the module, you may be assessed through:

  • presentations
  • a portfolio of design work
  • peer assessment
  • essays
  • a dissertation.

Your final degree mark will be based 100% on your final year work.

Trips and study visits

You will have the opportunity to go on a number of trips (both mandatory and optional) during the course. This has recently included:

  • Harry Potter film studios
  • Luc Besson studios, Paris
  • Cinecittà Studios, Rome
  • Barrandov Film Studios, Prague
  • Babelsberg Film Studios, Berlin
  • Korda Studios, Hungary
  • The National Cinema Museum, Turin.

Exchange opportunities

If you're thinking about studying part of your degree abroad, Erasmus+ is a great way of experiencing a new culture, meeting new people, learning a new language and gaining a study experience that will enhance your CV.

The BA (Hons) Design for Film and Television course within the School of Art & Design has exchange agreements with a number of institutions around the world, such as RMIT in Australia. You can apply to exchange there in Year Two for one semester.

Degree Show

In your final year you’ll exhibit your work as part of our Degree Show. This event includes all final year students across NTU’s art and design courses, and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to members of the creative industries.

There is also the opportunity to be selected to exhibit at the annual New Designers exhibition in London, or to showcase your work at high-profile industry venues such as Pinewood and Shepperton studios.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (100%).
  • Year 2 coursework (100%).
  • Year 3 coursework (100%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (36%), independent study (64%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (33%), independent study (67%).
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (24%), independent study (76%).

Work on projects based on real situations and industry briefs.

Careers and employability

Be assured that 93% of students are satisfied with this course (National Student Survey 2017).

Our graduates work across the film and television industry, in a variety of art department roles such as:

  • production and set design
  • art direction
  • art department assistant
  • model maker
  • graphic designer
  • set dress
  • storyboard artist
  • concept artist.

The course maintains links with its graduates, leading to a range of career opportunities for our students. Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Vanity Fair
  • Electric Dreams
  • Victoria
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
  • The Legend of Tarzan
  • Doctor Strange
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • assistant art director, EastEnders, BBC
  • art director, Mr Selfridge, ITV
  • concept artist, New Regency Productions
  • graphic designer, Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • art director, Hetty Feather, CBBC
  • standby art director, Lime Pictures
  • art director, Humans II, Kudos production company
  • art department assistant, World Productions
  • conceptual designer and visualiser, N20 Ltd
  • set decoration assistant, Freebace.

Some are also self-employed, working on a freelance basis as set designers and assistant art directors.

YouFirst – working with our Employability team

Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the Internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course.

Connecting with industry

You’ll have the opportunity to engage with industry through realsituation design projects and lectures from guest speakers.

Industry professionals that have recently visited to share their knowledge and experience include:

  • film and TV production designer Sarah Greenwood (Anna Karenina, Sherlock Holmes, Atonement)
  • film and TV production designer Donal Woods (Downton Abbey, My Week With Marilyn)
  • TV production designer Jonathan Paul Green (Stag, Boomers, Have I Got News For You)
  • TV production designer Simon Kimmel (The New Paul O’Grady Show, Test the Nation, Top Gear)
  • supervising art director Charmian Adams (Downton Abbey, Nowhere Boy, Cranford)
  • storyboard artist Jim Cornish (Harry Potter, The Dark Knight, Skyfall)
  • lighting designer Mike LeFevre (The Andrew Marr Show, Globe Theatre, and the Royal Opera House).

Our students have frequently won prizes in the former BBC Traineeship Scheme, where winners received a year’s paid contract to work in the art departments of a range of productions at the BBC.

Work placement and internship opportunities

This course has a strong industry focus. You’ll be encouraged to undertake work experience alongside your studies to get a taste of real life in the film and television industry.

The course has a large range of industry contacts and can offer exciting work placement opportunities on major TV and film productions, both location and studio-based, within professional art departments for organisations like the BBC, ITV, and Pinewood Studios.

Our Design for Film and Television students have recently gained experience working on a wide variety of productions, including:

  • Star Wars
  • The Bad Education Movie
  • Strictly Come Dancing
  • DCI Banks
  • Victoria 2
  • EastEnders
  • Hollyoaks
  • Downton Abbey
  • Peaky Blinders
  • BBC's Inside No.9
  • Humans II
  • Doctor Who
  • Madness in the Method.

Be assured that 93% of students are satisfied with this course (National Student Survey 2017).

Benefit from this course's excellent links to industry for work placements and graduate jobs.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

You will need one of the following options:

  • A-levels – BBC
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels  or equivalent qualifications.

You will also need GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C / 4.

Other requirements

Non-standard applicants

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the entry criteria but hold relevant work experience. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis. You must, however, have a creative portfolio to present at interview. If you are a non-standard applicant, you will still need to apply to us using the UCAS form.

The UCAS Tariff

In 2016 the UCAS Tariff changed. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don’t worry. We’ve created this calculator to help you work it out.

What are we looking for?

You will need one of the following options:

  • A-levels – BBC
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications.

You will also need GCSEs - English and Maths or Science grade C / 4.

Other requirements

Non-standard applicants

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the entry criteria but hold relevant work experience. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis. You must, however, have a creative portfolio to present at interview. If you are a non-standard applicant, you will still need to apply to us using the UCAS form.

The UCAS Tariff

In 2016 the UCAS Tariff changed. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don’t worry. We’ve created this calculator to help you work it out.

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

Are you an international student whose qualifications don't meet the entry requirements? You can prepare for this course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). The college is on our City Campus, and NTIC students can use all of the University's facilities.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

You'll need a creative portfolio to apply for this course.

How to apply

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form and, where invited, online work submission, interview and portfolio.

If you are invited to attend an interview at the University, you will need to bring your portfolio with you for assessment. For more information about what we look for during an interview, and some useful tips for your portfolio, download our BA (Hons) Design for Film and Television interview and portfolio information.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline – 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements. You must, however, have a portfolio to present at interview.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember that we can only make a decision based on what you tell us, so include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application – it's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place. You've got 4,000 characters to impress us, so make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for.

For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team, or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the international entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form and, where applicable, online work submission, interview and portfolio.

If you are resident in the UK and invited to attend an interview at the University, you will need to bring your portfolio with you for assessment. For more information about what we look for during an interview, and some useful tips for your portfolio, download our BA (Hons) Design for Film and Television interview and portfolio information.

If you aren't resident in the UK, we'll ask you to make an online work submission. Download our BA (Hons) Design for Film and Television work submission information.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline – 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements. You must, however, have a portfolio to present at interview.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember that we can only make a decision based on what you tell us, so include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application – it's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place. You've got 4,000 characters to impress us, so make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for.

For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What's included in the course fees?

The annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In addition to expert tuition and access to our first-class workshop and IT resources, you'll receive all of the following:

  • mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events required as part of your core studies
  • receive £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years) for use in the Bonington art shop and print facilities
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops and laboratories
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) as required
  • professional body course accreditation (where applicable)
  • infrastructure costs for final year Degree Shows within Nottingham (where applicable)
  • £20 prepaid printing allowance for use in NTU print shops and with library photocopiers.

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment, and consumables.

Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those international students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion, and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our International students page for information about fees, scholarships for international students, visas and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What's included in the course fees?

The annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In addition to expert tuition and access to our first-class workshop and IT resources, you'll receive all of the following:

  • mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events required as part of your core studies
  • receive £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years) for use in the Bonington art shop and print facilities
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops and laboratories
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) as required
  • professional body course accreditation
  • infrastructure costs for final year Degree Shows within Nottingham (where applicable)
  • £20 prepaid printing allowance for use in NTU print shops and with library photocopiers.

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment, and consumables.

Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418