Undergraduate Show 2016
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BA Technical Arts and Special Effects at Wimbledon College of Arts teaches a wide range of professional technical skills used in theatre, television, film and the exhibition industries. Special effects is the use of technology to enhance imagination, and our aim is to develop skilled and inventive communicators, collaborators and problem solvers.
Wimbledon College of Arts, Merton Hall Road
|Study Mode||Full time|
|Course Length||3 years|
£9,000 per year (2016/17).
Please note that fees for the 2nd and any subsequent years is subject to inflationary increase.
£17,230 per year (2016/17)
International fees are subject to an inflationary increase as students progress through their course.
|Start Date||September 2016|
|Autumn Term Dates||Monday 26 September - Friday 9 December 2016|
|Spring Term Dates||Monday 9 January - Friday 17 March 2017|
|Summer Term Dates||Tuesday 18 April - Friday 23 June 2017|
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
|Application Deadline||Open for UK, EU and international applicants for 2016/17 entry. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.|
Students will be be introduced to a broad range of skills and technical areas used in film, TV, theatre and exhibitions, including:
Students can also develop work within the following areas:
The college has good relationships with many companies in the creative and entertainment industry, including Merlin Entertainment’s Madame Tussauds, Aardman Animations, Disney, Artem, Asylum, Hothouse as well as The National Film and Television School.
With focused periods of work experience possible during students’ first and second years, these links offer the chance of work experience within these companies, as well as potential employment afterwards.
Students can also study abroad in their second year as part of the College’s Erasmus scheme.
Grant Hicks is an award-winning and practising film production designer with over 30 years experience in theatre, television, commercials and feature films.
Allan Sly is a professional sculptor and modeller with over 36 years teaching experience in higher education. He's also been actively engaged in public commissions and film work since graduating from the Royal Academy of Arts in 1977.
Graduates from this course now work as sculptors, model-makers, designers, film animators, animatronics mechanics, prosthetic artists, prop-makers, creature-costume designers or fabricators.
Other alumni have set up their own businesses or work freelance on major films and film studios, including the Harry Potter films, A Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, BBC's Dr Who and New Zealand’s Weta Workshop that created special effects for The Lord Of The Rings films.
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:
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:
Where conditional offers are made to GCE A Level applicants these will normally be at grade C or above.
All classes are conducted in English. If English isn't a students' first language they must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:
We look for:
Your portfolio should show the following:
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:
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.
Interviews and portfolio reviews - applicants can be interviewed in a number of different ways:
You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:
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.
Chelsea College of Arts
16 John Islip Street
This course will give consideration to deferred entry application from both Home / EU and International 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
If you haven’t found the information you’re looking for or want to ask us a question about this course, please fill out our enquiry form.