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Nottingham Trent University

Design for Film and Television

UCAS Code: W280
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Design studies
Student score
82% MED
% employed or in further study
97% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Levels

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and one A-Level or equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

UCAS tariff points

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Our Design For Film and Television is accredited by Creative Skillset and has strong links to the industry. There are many reasons to choose BA (Hons) Design for Film and Television at Nottingham Trent University. You’ll work in facilities which reflect the latest industry standards, undertake short work placements in a variety of film and television production art departments and visit studios and film sets in the UK and Europe to see how productions are put together. Our academic team will teach you how to manage design projects from an initial concept through to realisation. You’ll gain access to our two dedicated design studios, TV studios with green screen facilities and the latest-industry standard software including Vectorworks, Photoshop and SketchUp. You’ll gain a broad range of art department skills such as; drawing, model making and how to use industry-standard software. NTU has a strong network of contacts to help you gain invaluable work experience and employment after graduating. You’ll be able to undertake short work placement opportunities throughout your degree with a variety of film and television production art departments and study in our dynamic facilities which reflect the latest industry standards. You’ll visit a selection of studios and film sets based here in the UK and Europe to see how productions are formed which will help you with your own research projects. You may visit Harry Potter film studios in London and Luc Besson studios in Paris. You will also have the opportunity to give your degree an international flare by applying for an overseas exchange to a partner university in Europe through the Erasmus+ programme. This course is assessed 100% through coursework and this will take form in a variety of ways including: presentations, peer assessment and essays. On this course, you’ll spend most of your time in a creative studio environment. You’ll be taught in a variety of ways including: studio days, demonstrations, presentations, lectures, seminars, work experience, research and reflective journals. At the end of your final year you’ll exhibit your work at the NTU Degree Show to many creative industry professionals from the industry which may lead you to showcasing your work at New Designers in London and at other high-profile organisations such as Pinewood and Shepperton Studios. Many of our recent graduates are now working within the film and television industry in areas such as: production and set designs, art direction, model making, events design and graphic design. The course maintains its links with alumni’s which helps to lead a range of career and work experience opportunities for graduating students. Recent graduate careers include: assistant art director for EastEnders, art director for Mr Selfridge, art department assistant at World Productions and set decoration assistant at Freebace. This course will teach you excellent team work and collaboration skills, interpersonal skills and you’ll become more proactive. 93% of our graduates are satisfied with this course (National Student Survey 2017).


Overall, there are five modules which are assessed; two in both the Year One and Year Two with one module over the whole of your Final Year. Year One: Introduction to Design for Film and Television – This module will introduce you to design practices and vocabulary within film and television. You’ll undertake a selection of challenging and real-situation-based design projects that will allow you to develop skills in illustration, visualisation, model making, lighting, storyboarding and technical drawing. You’ll also assemble a portfolio and professional practice journal • Contextual Studies 1 – Throughout this module you’ll develop skills in researching and analysing visual material in the context of film and television. You will develop a topic related to 20th century film and television which you’ll present to your fellow students at the start of the module and by the end you’ll have developed a 2,500 word illustrated essay to support this idea. Year Two: Exploring Design for Film and Television – You’ll utilise the skills gained in Year One to develop a range of design projects which will cover designs for period-accurate props, light entertainment and working from a script • Contextual Studies 2 – You’ll investigate and challenge the analysis of moving image texts, techniques or sociological factors which influences production, genres or practitioners, critical approaches to the study of the moving image and the history and future of film and television. You’ll also get to research a personal topic which you’ll present to your fellow students at the start of the module and which you’ll then create a 3,500 word essay from. Final Year: Design for Film and Television: Exposition - This module will help you to demonstrate your skills, competencies and a broad understanding of film and television industry production design practice to a professional level. This module will prepare you for life after graduation, so you’ll be equipped with a professional portfolio, CV and personal marketing materials. You’ll complete a short film project, two personal negotiated projects, a professional portfolio and digital folio, a 5,000 written dissertation and a professional practice journal. As part of the NTU Degree show you’ll exhibit your work to professionals from the creative industries and this is also a great opportunity for you to invite your industry contacts to view your Final Year work.

Nottingham Trent University

Students on campus Nottingham Trent University

We have earned a reputation for outstanding graduate employability, excellent teaching standards, impressive student services, and a diverse but close-knit student community. Our main city site is ideally located in Nottingham's cosmopolitan centre. We can offer you excellent nightlife, a city bursting with culture, a lively students' union and reliable support throughout your studies.

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 88%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
15% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
78% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
387 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
65% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 97% HIGH
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are design occupations


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.
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