• CollegeWimbledon
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length3 years
  • UCAS codeW690

BA (Hons) Production Arts for Screen

BA Production Arts for Screen at Wimbledon College of Arts offers a unique combination of design and making skills for film and television.

The course has been developed by bringing together BA Set Design for Screen and BA Technical Arts and Special Effects.

Course detail

Content: what students can expect

After an introduction to Production Arts for Screen, students will choose between the 2 specialist disciplines of set design or technical arts.

Students will work on both individual and collaborative projects within their first year and then specialise.

Throughout the course it will be possible to learn a broad range of skills and technical knowledge including:

  • Camera work - filming and editing
  • Green screen technology
  • Introduction to digital and physical special effects
  • Introduction to new technologies - Virtual Reality (VR) and Computer Generated Imagery (CGI)
  • Lighting and sound
  • Maquettes and miniatures
  • Model making
  • Moulding and casting
  • Prop making
  • Research and visualisation
  • Set building
  • Technical drawing
  • 3D animation or puppet making
  • Wood and metal work

You will have access to Wimbledon's shared workshops. View the Wimbledon facilities section

Set Design specialism

Students choosing set design will learn:                                                                                                  

  • Production design
  • Art direction
  • Character analysis and costume design
  • Digital 2D and 3D drawing - Computer Aided Design (CAD), Sketchup
  • Photoshop

Technical Arts specialism

Students choosing technical arts will learn:                                            

  • Automata and mechanical props
  • Clay modelling from life
  • Digital drawing and sculpting
  • Figurative sculpting
  • Introduction to prosthetics
  • Materials research and experimentation
  • Prop making and fabrication


Year 1

  • Unit 1: Introduction to study in theatre and screen
  • Unit 2: Designing and making - the principles of practice
  • Unit 3: Designing and making - extending the skill set 
  • Unit 4: Looking at ideas - debates in the discipline
  • Unit 5: Who are you? Establishing a specialism

Year 2

  • Unit 6: Collaboration and its’ connections
  • Unit 7: Practice as a laboratory
  • Unit 8: You think what? How to research and review work
  • Unit 9: Where in the world? My specialism in context 
  • Unit 10: Where in the world? Extending skills

Year 3

  • Unit 11: Finding your voice - portfolio design, crafting research skills and career planning 
  • Unit 12: Show your work - independent practice

Work experience and opportunities

Work placements are a key feature during the second year of this course, providing essential links for students’ graduate careers within industry and beyond. Students may also have the opportunity to visit London television and film studios, scenic workshops, prop houses, makers and suppliers. 

Students will also have the opportunity to take part in the Erasmus scheme to study abroad for a term in the second year of your degree.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Artist and professional practice talks and workshops
  • Briefings, discussions, lectures and seminars
  • Cross course group crits
  • Field trips and off-site visits
  • Group and individual presentations and tutorials
  • Independent learning
  • Lectures and artist talks
  • Online learning
  • Peer learning and review
  • Portfolio review
  • Project planning
  • Research training
  • Student presentations
  • Studio and workshop based self directed study and research
  • Study skills
  • Technical workshops and inductions
  • Workshops on writing styles, research methodology and critical debate

Assessment methods

  • Blogs
  • Critical professional practice presentations
  • Exhibition of work
  • Off-site project
  • Peer evaluation
  • Portfolio
  • Presentations
  • Research journal
  • Self evaluation
  • Studio exhibition presentation
  • Technical skills
  • Written work - assignments, essays, reports, scripts and statements




Visiting Staff

  • Paul Cripps - Production Designer and Art Director. Worked on Atlantis, Never Let Me Go, Skins, The Missing, The Scouting Book for Boys, 24 Hour Party People 
  • Keith Frederick - Puppet maker, costumier and puppet restorer. Recent work includes Midsummers Night Dream at the Globe Theatre. Has worked extensively at the Little Angel puppet theatre
  • Dan Martin - Special effects, effects make-up artist and co-ordinator. Work includes Batman Begins, High Rise, The Human Centipede, The Wolfman
  • David McHenry - Draughtsman. Worked on Game of Thrones, Rush and Dredd.
  • Catrin Meredydd - Production Designer. Worked on Best Possible Taste, Broadchurch, IBoy, Jekyll & Hyde, Our Loved Boy, Poldark, The Fades
  • Christina Moore - Production Designer and Art Director. Worked on Game of Thrones, Just Henry, Lena,  Sense & Sensibility, Surviving Picasso 
  • Aya Nakamura - Puppet maker and performer. Worked on Newzoids puppet animation for ITV. Recent puppet stage productions include Duvet Day, Hansel & Gretel, Tarrare the Freak
  • David Neat - Model maker and author of the book 'Model-making, Materials and Methods'.
  • Tom Roberts - Propmaker. Worked on Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Inbetweeners, Macbeth, Peaky Blinders, Sherlock Holmes, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Tulip Fever
  • Matt Scott - Director, Scott Fleary scenery builders. Built X-Factor, The Voice and Sky Sports news
  • Roman Stefanski - Actor and Director of puppet productions for theatre, film and television. Has worked extensively at the Polka theatre, Wimbledon. Films include Leap Year and Under the Same Sun
  • Andy Symanowski - Animator and director, Aardman Animation. Worked on Shaun the Sheep and the Wallace and Gromit films.
  • Livia Turco - Senior Character Modelling Sculptor at Merlin Entertainment / Madame Tussauds
  • Robert Tygner - Actor, Director and puppeteer. Worked on Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Jim Henson’s Jack and the Beanstalk, Muppets Most Wanted, Victor Frankenstein, Where the Wild Things Are
  • Fleur Whitlock - Art Director and Production Designer. Worked on Episodes, Oliver Twist, Rev, The Libertine, Wuthering Heights
  • Tom Wilkinson - Sculptor, prop and automaton maker. He is a co-founder of the public art group Arts Republic. His work was on display at the Winter Lights Festival in Canary Wharf  in 2015-16
  • Darryl Worbey - Puppetry and SFX Designer. 30 years’ experience in film, television and theatre. Credits include Star Wars - Rogue One, Yonderland for Sky TV, Muppets Most Wanted, Disney, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Basil Brush Show.

How to apply

Home / EU applicants

You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W690

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application deadline is 15 January.

Following your UCAS application to this course all home / EU applicants will be invited to choose a date for a selection event. 

What is a selection event?

A selection event is similar to an interview. You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by course teams. The event will also give you a chance to meet current students, take a tour of the college and see the facilities. 

More details about your selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen your selection event date.

Applicants will be seen by a team of Theatre and Screen tutors. Applicants may be offered a place on an alternative BA Theatre and Screen course at Wimbledon. This decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants' creative potential and interests.

International applicants

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Wimbledon College of Arts:

Find out more information about applying through UCAS.

Interviews and portfolio reviews - international students can be interviewed in a number of different ways: 

  • By phone or Skype
  • In your country, if your application was made though one of our official representatives 
  • At our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts

Study Abroad

Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course. 

For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section.

Entry requirements

We select students based on the quality of their applications, looking primarily at their portfolio of work and personal statements.

Applicants will have, or are expected to achieve, either:

  • A Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • 1 GCE A Level
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above


  • BTEC Extended Diploma or NVQ Level 3
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above


  • University of the Arts London level 3 Pre-University Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • 4 GCSEs grade C or above


  • International Baccalaureate Diploma pass achieved at 28 points or above 
  • An equivalent level of performance in other internationally recognised national school leaving or university entrance qualifications


  • Other evidence of prior learning and experience via Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning - AP(E)L and / or alternative qualifications assessed as offering the same level as the above requirements 

In exceptional circumstances, applicants may be considered if they present a portfolio of equivalent standard to a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and have:

  • 2 GCE A Levels
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

Where conditional offers are made to GCE A Level applicants these will normally be at grade C or above.

English language requirements

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

Portfolio advice

Portfolios should show the following:

  • A range of visual recording, such as drawing, life drawing and photography
  • Experimentation which demonstrates idea generation and development
  • Visual work that uses form, structure, texture and space
  • Design development showing how problems are solved
  • Any previous experience of theatre work
  • Include your sketchbooks and notebooks

At interview and portfolio review

We look for:

  • An interest, commitment and motivation for studying the subject
  • An ability to work imaginatively and creatively in 2D and 3D visual media, materials and processes
  • Potential for creative problem solving
  • An ability to create and develop new ideas
  • A desire to learn and an ability to investigate and develop ideas independently
  • Ability to communicate your ideas visually, verbally and in writing
  • Visual awareness and an understanding of the creative process
  • Ability to self-direct and evaluate your own work
  • Cultural and historical awareness of production design, design for screen, technical arts
  • Motivation for working in the related industries
  • A desire to succeed 

Deferred entry

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application.

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2017/18). 

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£17,920 (2017/18).

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.


Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Careers and alumni

This course prepares you for progression into a range of careers such as:

Art departments for film and television, art direction, education and teaching, event design, exhibitions and curating, model making, postgraduate study, production design, prop making and buying, scenic art and construction, set decoration or design and special effects.


Set Design

  • Sean Hogan and Ben Gerlis - Production design studio Stripe Land
  • Christian Huband - Art Director for Harry Potter, Prince Caspian, Matrix
  • Dan Ojari - Award-winning animator selected for Sundance Film Festival. Ojari also worked on BAFTA award-winning short animation The Eagleman Stag with Michael Please. They now run their own company Parabella
  • Vicky Ralph - Art department coordinator for Paddington 2 and Designers' Assistant for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Mark Tildesley - Production Designer for The Constant Gardener, 28 Days Later and Designer for the London 2012 Opening Ceremony 

Technical Arts

  • Joe Beagley - Head of Masks and Puppet Maintenance for Disney’s The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, London
  • Eun Jung Ha - Senior Character Modeller at Merlin Entertainment / Madame Tussaud
  • Max Patte - Sculptor for Weta Workshop. Worked on Harry Potter V, Prince Caspian, Justice League of America
  • Will Pearce - Formerly Head of Masks and Puppets for Disney’s The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, London
  • Michael Please - BAFTA award-winner for short film The Eagleman Stag