BA (Hons) Production Arts for Screen

BA Production Arts for Screen at Wimbledon College of Arts has been developed by bringing together BA Set Design for Screen and BA Technical Arts and Special Effects. The course offers a unique combination of design and making skills for film and television.

Places available 2017/18

This course has places available. View the ‘How to apply’ section on this page for more details. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2017/18 entry, including others available at Wimbledon College of Arts, visit the Places available page.

Please note:

BA Production Arts for Screen is a new course starting September 2017 and subject to validation.

What is a revalidation and why is this course undergoing it?

Revalidation is a process that each of our courses goes through every four to six years, to ensure that the course content is current and that and our students get a high quality academic experience.

What does this mean for the course if I apply / accept my place?

The course will run this coming September, but as part of the revalidation process some changes can occur to its delivery and content. The information on the website closely matches to how we expect to deliver the course, so you can be confident in applying or accepting your place.


Course Leader

To be confirmed.


Course Location

Wimbledon College of Arts, Merton Hall Road

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years
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.

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost in your first year.

International Fee

£17,920 (2017/18).

Fees are subject to an inflationary increase as students progress through their course.

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost in your first year.

Start DateSeptember 2017
Autumn Term DatesMonday 25 September - Friday 8 December 2017
Spring Term DatesMonday 8 January – Friday 16 March 2018
Summer Term DatesMonday 16 April – Friday 22 June 2018
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineOpen for 2017/18 entry. Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.
UCAS CodeW690
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

Content: what students can expect

After an introduction to Production Arts for Screen, students will choose between the two 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 the set design specialism will learn:                                                                                                  

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

Technical Arts specialism

Students choosing the technical arts specialism will learn:                                            

  • Automata and mechanical props
  • Character design for animation
  • Clay modelling from life
  • Figurative sculpting
  • Introduction to prosthetics
  • Materials research and experimentation
  • Prop making and fabrication

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 will 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.


Kerry Bradley

Kerry Bradley is a freelance Designer, Production Buyer and Set Dresser with over 20 years experience in the television and film industry. 

Bradley trained at the National Film and Television School, Chelsea College of Arts, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and the University of Warwick. 

She has taught at Wimbledon College of Arts for 10 years, as well as teaching Production Design at Goldsmiths and Theatre Design at Royal Holloway University of London, St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham and Lewisham College.

In 2014, Bradley gained an award for outstanding teaching, voted by students.

Grant Hicks

Grant Hicks is an award-winning and practising film production designer with over 35 years experience in theatre, television, commercials and feature films. 

Hicks has won several design awards including a BAFTA Nomination in 1989 for Best Television Film Design Award for ‘A Very British Coup’.  

He studied at Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art.

Hicks has been Pathway Leader for Technical Arts for five years and been teaching at Wimbledon College of Arts for six. He is also a member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain. 

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. Second and third year technical drawing supervisor
  • 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'. First year model making supervisor
  • Tom Roberts - Propmaker. Worked on Girl with the Dragon, Inbetweeners, Macbeth, Peaky Blinders, Sherlock Holmes, Tattoo, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Tulip Fever
  • Matt Scott - Director, Scott Fleary scenery builders. Worked on 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. First year animation project supervisor
  • 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.


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
  • Special effects


Set Design

  • 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
  • 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

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.

If English isn’t your first language

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

Portfolio advice

Your portfolio 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 

Home / EU applicants

All applicants for this course will be invited for interview and should bring their portfolio.

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

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

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


Use UAL’s scholarship search to find out what funding may be available to you.

How to apply

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

Home / EU applicants

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

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W690

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

Deferred entry

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application from Home, EU and International applicants.

Study Abroad applicants

Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course for a period of up to three terms. 

For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section

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