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Nottingham Trent University

Design for Film and Television

UCAS Code: W280

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Stage design

The UK film and television industry is a global success, second to none. If you have a dream of being part of future productions like Star Wars or Peaky Blinders, this is the degree for you.

This exciting design for performance degree explores the total process of production design and art direction for film and television. Created in close collaboration with the film and television industry, this course will prepare you for a successful career as a production designer, art director or other art department role.

Learn a wide range of art department skills including set design, visualisation, draughting, industry-standard software use, small props creation and scale model making.

In your final year, you’ll showcase your work at our Degree Show in Nottingham, with the opportunity to exhibit at a national or international show. Through our academic connections, you may also be selected to exhibit your work at high-profile industry venues such as Shepperton Studios and Pinewood Studios.

This is a very popular course – 100% of design for film and television students would recommend studying at NTU (National Student Survey 2018).

This course has also been awarded the ScreenSkills Tick, demonstrating our genuine industry-level training and connections.

**Assessment**

Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will receive feedback throughout each module and will be awarded a grade.

**Employability**

This course has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 95% of graduates in employment or further study within six months (DLHE survey 2016/17).

Our graduates go on to work in roles such as production designer, art director, art department assistant, model maker, draughtsperson, graphic designer, concept /storyboard artist and set dresser. Recent graduate destinations include Vanity Fair, Electric Dreams, Victoria, Britannia, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Legend of Tarzan and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Modules

[Year One] • Introduction to Design for Film and Television (100 credit points) You’ll be introduced to production design practices and vocabulary within film and television. Complete a range of challenging, real-situation-based design projects that will allow you to develop skills and understanding in illustration and visualisation, model making, lighting, storyboarding, technical drawing, life drawing, key computer software, working from script, and location scouting and surveying. You’ll also start to assemble a portfolio and a professional practice journal. • Contextual Studies 1 (20 credit points) Develop your skills in researching and analysing visual material in the context of film and television. Negotiate a topic related to film and television that you’ll present to your fellow students at the start of the module. By the end, you’ll have developed this into a 2,500 word illustrated essay. [Year Two] • Exploring Design for Film and Television (100 credit points) Further develop the skills gained in Year One through a range of design projects. These will cover designs for period-accurate props, light entertainment, close-up design detail, promotional music videos, and working from a script. Build your professional portfolio and continue to develop your professional practice journal from Year One. • Contextual Studies 2 (20 credit points) Explore and experiment with: the analysis of moving image texts; techniques or sociological factors influencing production, genres or practitioners; critical approaches to the study of the moving image; and the history and future of film and television. Research a personal topic that you’ll present to your fellow students at the start of the module and develop into a 3,500-word illustrated essay by the end. [Final Year] • Design for Film and Television: Exposition (120 credit points) Demonstrate skills, competencies, and an understanding of film and television industry production design practice to a professional level. Equip yourself with a final professional portfolio, CV, and personal marketing materials. Complete a short film design project, two personal negotiated projects (to demonstrate a range of genres), a written dissertation of 5,000 words, and a professional practice journal. You’ll also exhibit your work in a final year Degree Show – a great opportunity for you to invite your industry contacts to view your work.

The Uni


Course location:

City Campus

Department:

School of Art and Design

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

68%
low
Stage design

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

Teaching and learning

72%
Staff make the subject interesting
76%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

78%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
76%
Course specific equipment and facilities
50%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
12%
Male students
88%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

35%
Design occupations
19%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
Customer service occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Drama is a very popular degree subject — in 2015, over 5,000 degrees were awarded to UK graduates. With so many graduates around, jobs in acting are very sought-after and often gained through personal contacts, or through your careers service so be prepared to practise your people skills and to make full use of your university facilities. But there are lots of roles in the arts for drama graduates, in direction, production, audio-visual, set and clothing design and PR. The skills taught by drama courses can be useful elsewhere — a lot of the economy can use people who can perform and present in front of others, and so drama graduates can be found in teaching, management, advertising, project and events organisation and community work. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once — one in ten drama graduates last year had more than one job on the go at once after six months. And starting salaries are not the best - but nevertheless the large majority of drama graduates going into acting still felt that it was just the job for them regardless of pay.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Stage design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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