Accredited by Creative Skillset, this unique Design for Performance course explores the total process of production design and art direction for film and television.
This exciting course has been created in close collaboration with the film and television industry to ensure that it prepares you for a successful career as a production designer, art director or other art department role.
You will gain a sound knowledge and understanding of scenic design and learn the important role of design in visual storytelling; by analysis and interpretation of scripts, you will learn to generate and evaluate visual concepts and communicate these. You will gain confidence to produce effective design solutions, creating appropriate environments for a wide range of productions from light entertainment to drama. You'll learn to manage design projects from an initial idea through to realisation, gaining a broad range of art department skills, including all kinds of drawing, industry-standard software use, small props creation and scale model making.
This course provides the film and television industries with bright new creative talent. A high proportion of graduates now work within the film and television industry. We have a strong network of contacts for guest lecturers (current industry practitioners), work experience and employment opportunities.
- Explore the whole process of production design, from concept initiation to realisation.
- Accredited by Creative Skillset, a mark of its quality and strong links with industry.
- Work on projects based on real situations and industry briefs.
- Undertake optional work placements on a wide variety of productions. Recent examples include: Star Wars, Strictly Come Dancing, Hollyoaks, Downton Abbey, and Peaky Blinders.
- Study in dedicated facilities that reflect the latest industry standards, learning from staff who have industry experience and connections.
- Visit film and television studios in the UK and Europe. Recent visits have included the Harry Potter film studios, UK; Luc Besson studios, Paris; Barrandov Film Studios, Berlin; Korda Studios, Budapest; and the Museum of Cinema, Turin.
- Apply to go on an overseas exchange with a partner university in Europe through the Erasmus+ Scheme.
- This course consistently achieves high student satisfaction rates, with 93% of students saying they were satisfied in the National Student Survey 2017.
- Exhibit your work in our Degree Show in Nottingham with a chance to exhibit at New Designers in London.
- Be selected to showcase your work at high profile industry venues such as Shepperton Studios and Pinewood Studios.
Get a glimpse into our BA (Hons) Design for Film and Television course
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How you're taught
You will be taught through a variety of teaching and learning experiences, which will include:
- studio days
- group and independent projects
- reflective journals
- work experience
- study visits.
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:
- a portfolio of design work
- peer assessment
- 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.
The University is part of the Erasmus+ programme and has agreements with a number of partner institutions throughout Europe.
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. Exchanges usually take place during Year Two of your studies.
You will 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.
You will also have the opportunity to be selected to showcase your work to industry at New Designers in London, one of the UK's most important graduate exhibitions.
- Year 1 coursework (100%).
- Year 2 coursework (100%).
- Year 3 coursework (100%).
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%).
Careers and employability
Be assured that 93% of students are satisfied with this course (National Student Survey 2017).
You can find our Design for Film and Television graduates working across the film and television industry in a variety of roles, including:
- production and set design
- art direction
- model making
- events design
- graphic design.
The course maintains links with former its alumni, leading to a range of work placement and career opportunities for current and graduating students.
Recent graduate destinations include:
- 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, The Mummy, Universal Pictures
- 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.
Links with industry
You'll have the opportunity to engage with industry through real-situation 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. There's an emphasis on gaining practical work experience, and we encourage you to complete work placements to get a taste of real life within the film and television industry.
The course has a large range of industry contacts and can offer exciting work experience opportunities on major TV and film productions (location and studio-based) with 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
- Downton Abbey
- Peaky Blinders
- Humans II
- Doctor Who.
Our Design for Film and Television facilities are based in the Waverley building, a dedicated Art and Design building. Facilities and equipment include:
- two dedicated design studios
- TV studios with green screen facilities
- the latest industry-standard software including Vectorworks. Photoshop, and SketchUp.