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BA (Hons) Production Arts for Screen

Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years
UCAS code

Course summary

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

More films, television programmes, animations and screen-based content are being made than ever before. Old and new technologies are working alongside each other to create digital, online and analogue content across all media. The gaming industry is growing, and virtual and augmented reality, are in their early experimental stages. In a time of huge development and investment in the industry, it is a great time to get involved.

Student work

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Course details

This course is subject to re-validation. Re-validation is a process that makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During re-validation there maybe be some changes to course content and structure. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

What you can expect

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

You will work on both individual and collaborative projects within your first year and then specialise. In the second and third years you can work individually and collaboratively.

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

  • Filming, editing and sound
  • Green screen technology
  • Introduction to digital and physical special effects
  • Introduction to new technologies - Virtual Reality (VR) and Computer Generated Imagery (CGI)
  • Lighting
  • Maquettes and model making
  • Moulding and casting
  • Prop making
  • Puppet making
  • Research and visualisation
  • Technical drawing
  • 3D animation
  • Wood and metal work

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

Set Design specialism

Students choosing set design will learn:

  • Production design - visualising the concept of a film, television or theatre production
  • Art direction - supervising and unifying a designers' vision
  • Character analysis and costume design
  • Digital 2D and 3D drawing - Computer Aided Design (CAD), Sketchup
  • Photoshop
  • Life drawing
  • Technical Arts specialism

    Students choosing technical arts will learn:

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

Course units

    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

  • 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

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

There are 3 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, personal statements and reference.

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • A Level - 2 A levels grade C or above
  • or Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • or Pass, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • or Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • or Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • or Equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications. For example - International Baccalaureate Diploma pass achieved at 24 points or above
  • and 3 GCSE passes grade C or above

We will also consider 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.

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:

  • IELTS level 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English language requirements)
  • 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 & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2018/19 fees). 2019/20 fees to be confirmed.

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

£19,350 (2018/19 fees). 2019/20 fees to be confirmed.

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

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BAFTA UK scholarship programme

The scholarship programme is open to British citizens in need of financial assistance. Wimbledon's BA Production Arts for Screen is one of the eligible courses. Find out about the benefits and how to apply to the BAFTA UK scholarship programme.

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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, animation, art direction, draughts person, education and teaching, event design, exhibitions and curating, model making and sculpting, postgraduate study, production design, prop making, production buying, scenic art and construction, set dressing, special effects and technical drawing.


  • Joe Beagley - Head of Masks and Puppets for Disney’s The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, London
  • Paul Cripps - Production Designer and Art Director on Atlantis, Bones, Borrowers, Hex, Merlin, Skins, Sugar Rush and The Missing
  • Eun Jung Ha - Senior Character Modeller at Merlin Entertainment / Madame Tussauds
  • Patrick Harris - Art Director / Assistant Art Director on Guardians of the Galaxy, Kingsman and Wonderwoman
  • Sean Hogan and Ben Gerlis - Production design studio Stripe Land
  • Steven Granger - Art Department Assistant, draughtsman, standby Art Director on Marcella, Paddington and The Mercy
  • Sarah Greenwood - Production Designer on Anna Karenina, Atonement, Beauty & the Beast, Hanna and Sherlock Holmes
  • Will Houghton-Connell - Concept artist, storyboard artist and draughtsman for Stuart Craig on Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars Episode 7
  • Christian Huband - Art Director on Dark Shadows, Fantastic Beasts, Harry Potter, The Invention of Hugh Cabret and Supervising Art Director on Justice League
  • Solrun Jonsdottir - Production Designer on Enemy of England
  • Steven Lawrence - Art Director on Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Jungle Book, Paddington and The Dark Knight
  • Cher Leigh - Creature creator for Solo and forthcoming Disney film
  • Thomas Lowthian - Assistant Art Director on And Then There Were None (BBC1 Agatha Christie) and Designer on Mars mini series
  • Viviana Motta - Art Department Assistant for Victoria & Abdul
  • Olivia Muggleton - Draughtswoman on Star Wars: Rogue One and Force Awakens
  • 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
  • Max Patte - Sculptor for Weta Workshop. Worked on Harry Potter V, Justice League of America and Prince Caspian
  • Alistair Pauly - Amour maker on Game of Thrones, The Kid Who Would Be King and Outlaw King
  • Will Pearce - Formerly Head of Masks and Puppets for Disney’s The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, London
  • Jack Perry, Sara Stanton, Mia James - Director, Production Designer, Art Director on A Girl Goes For Dinner
  • Michael Please - BAFTA award-winner for short film The Eagleman Stag
  • Vicky Ralph - Art Department Coordinator for Paddington 2 and for Stuart Craig at Leavesden studios on Fantastic Beasts 1 and 2
  • Owen Robertson - Art Department Assistant on Justice League
  • Betty Sims-Hilditch - Art Department Assistant at Pinewood studios on Chesil Beach
  • Mark Tildesley - Production Designer on The Constant Gardener, 28 Days Later and Designer for the London 2012 Opening Ceremony

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