BA (Hons) Theatre & Screen: Set Design for Screen

Clearing places 2016

This course has Clearing places available for international applicants. To find out how to make a direct application, call us on +44 (0)20 7514 1852. For a full list of 2016/17 course places at Wimbledon College of Arts and other UAL Colleges, visit the Clearing 2016 page.

Applying for 2017?

Please visit the BA Production Arts for Screen course page. This new course will bring together apects of our Set Design for Screen and Techincal Arts and Special Effects courses. If you have any questions contact

BA Set Design for Screen at Wimbledon College of Arts provides students with the technical and creative preparation needed for a career in production design for film and television.


Course Leader

Eli Bo

Course Location

Wimbledon College of Arts, Merton Hall Road


Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year (2016/17).

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.

International Fee

£17,230 per year (2016/17).

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 2016
Autumn Term DatesMonday 26 September - Friday 9 December 2016
Spring Term DatesMonday 9 January - Friday 17 March 2017
Summer Term DatesTuesday 18 April - Friday 23 June 2017
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineOpen for international applicants only for 2016/17 entry. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.
UCAS CodeW461
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

Content: What students can expect

  • Projects that encourage students to take responsibility for all design and technical aspects of designing for screen
  • To gain design experience for television and film production through studio-based projects, tutored by visiting professional practitioners
  • To use their imaginative and technical potential to the full, designing their own programme of study tailored to their ambitions in their final year
  • An on-going contextual studies programme that builds our students’ knowledge and helps develop their critical understanding of the changing culture of film, television and the arts

You will be guided through a broad range of skills and technical areas, including:

  • Computer-aided design
  • Conceptual visualisation
  • Lens angles, aspect ratios and lens projections
  • Lighting
  • Location surveying
  • Metalwork
  • Model making
  • Script breakdown
  • Storyboarding
  • Stop motion animation
  • Technical drafting
  • Video camera work
  • Woodwork


Year One

  • Unit 1: Introduction to study in Higher Education
  • Unit 2: Introduction to practice - Defining the subject
  • Unit 3: Critical and contextual studies
  • Unit 4: Establishing practice

Year Two

  • Unit 5: Understanding collaborative practice
  • Unit 6: Experimentation and exploring practice
  • Unit 7: Research in practice
  • Unit 8: Contextualising practice

Year Three

  • Unit 9: Theorising practice and practising theory
  • Unit 10: Towards independent practice

Work experience and opportunities

Our students have the chance to take up work placements on professional film and TV productions in and around the city, as well as gain hands on experience through student film collaborations with directing, writing and cinematography students from other University of the Arts London colleges, the London Film Academy and Goldsmiths College.

Students can also study abroad in their second year as part of the College’s Erasmus scheme.


Eli Bo - Course Leader

Eli Bo is a Production Designer who has worked across film, television, commercials, architecture and interior design.

She has previously taught at the National Film and Television School, the Royal College of Art and Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology, where she was Professor in Experience and Event Design. She was also head of Scandinavia’s first undergraduate course dedicated to production design for film.

Bo is a trained architect and a graduate of the National Film and Television School.

Kerry Bradley - Senior Lecturer

Kerry Bradley is a freelance Theatre Designer, Production Buyer and Set Dresser with over 18 years experience in the television and film industry. 

She has taught at Wimbledon College of Arts for seven 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.

Visiting Staff

  • David McHenry - Draughtsman. Worked on Game of Thrones, Rush and Dredd. Second and third year technical drawing supervisor
  • David Neat - Model maker and author of the book 'Model-making, Materials and Methods'. First year model making supervisor
  • Matt Scott - Director, Scott Fleary scenery builders. Worked on X-Factor, The Voice and Sky Sports news
  • Andy Symanowsky - Animator, Aardman Animation. Worked on Shaun the Sheep. First year animation project supervisor
  • Emma Vane - Draughtswoman. Worked on Starwars and Skyfall. First year technical drawing supervisor


Students have had masterclasses from:

  • Thomas Brass - Animator and Motion Graphics Director. Worked on BBC1’s Planet Dinosaur
  • Paul Cripps - Production Designer. worked on You, Me and the Apocalypse and Merlin
  • Mark Digby - Production designer. Worked on Dredd, Ex Machina and Slumdog Millionaire
  • Christina Moore - Art Director. Worked on Game of Thrones and John Adams
  • Mark Tildesley - Production Designer. Worked on High-Rise, 28 Days Later and the London 2012 Opening Ceremony
  • Kris Turnbull - Art Director. Worked on The Great British Bake Off


Our BA Set Design for Screen course gives students the skills for immediate employability in technical drawing, model-making, visualisation and storyboarding.

Graduates have worked in the art departments of the Harry Potter films at Warner Bros, as well as TV shows Primeval and Midsummer Murders.


  • Sarah Greenwood - Oscar nominated and BAFTA winning Production Designer. Worked on Atonement, Anna Karenina, Pride and Prejudice and Sherlock Holmes
  • Christian Huband - Award winning Art Director. Worked on Harry Potter, Hugo and Matrix
  • Alice Normington - BAFTA winning Production Designer. Worked on Riot Club, Sherlock and Suffragette 
  • Mark Tildesley - BAFTA winning Production Designer.  High-Rise, 28 Days Later, Sunshine and the London 2012 Opening Ceremony

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 conducted in English. If English isn't a students' first language they must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

At interview and portfolio review

 We look for:

  • An interest, commitment and motivation for studying the subject
  • An understanding of the subject, including examples of contemporary and historical practice
  • An ability to communicate your ideas visually, verbally and in writing
  • Your portfolio to demonstrate a range of appropriate skills and technical abilities 
  • An ability to self-direct and evaluate your own work

Portfolio advice

Your portfolio should show the following:

  • An ability to observe and record - particularly using life drawing
  • A range of ideas, shown through a selection of set design projects
  • Spatial ability

Home / EU applicants

All applicants for this course will be invited for interview.

Applicants will be seen by a team of Theatre and Screen tutors.

Interviews will take place between the following dates:

  • 1 - 5 February 2016
  • 22 - 26 February 2016

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
  • 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.


Home / EU applicants

You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W461

International applicants

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

To apply through the College, you’ll need to download and complete our international undergraduate application form and send this, along with your portfolio and any supporting documents, to the address below.

Download International Undergraduate application form [PDF, 185 KB]

International Office
Chelsea College of Arts 
16 John Islip Street

Deferred entry

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application from both 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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