Film and TV Set Design
School - School of Arts & Media
Subject area - Art and Design
Start Date(s): September
Three years full-time
UK - £9,250 per year
International - £14,400 per year
- At Salford, live projects, work placements and strong industry engagement will enable you to gain a real understanding and first-hand experience of the well-established and growing TV and Film industries in the region, making you well placed to succeed in your chosen field
- You will have the opportunity to study in our new £55 million purpose-built Arts and Media building which boasts state of the arts facilities including extensive design studios, specialist workshops, a 350 seat theatre, rehearsal space, TV performance and recording studios. You will also have the opportunity to use the University of Salford’s renowned state of the art facilities located in MediaCityUK, next door to both the BBC and ITV
- Supported by a dedicated team of specialist staff and industry professionals you will Learn through practice-based design projects from day one
- Overseas study available
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
- International students can apply
This programme will prepare you to enter the Film and TV industry, working within professional art departments in areas such as film, drama, light entertainment or children’s programme making. The course will equip you with a broad range of skills in scenic/set design and lead to careers as scenic or production designers, location managers, prop buyers or makers. In addition, you will develop the skills necessary to work in related areas such as the locations department within film and television, theatre design, exhibition design, retail design and interior design.
University of Salford has a very-hands on approach to design. Right from the start of this course, project-based modules will enable you to analyse and interpret scripts, generate and evaluate visual concepts and develop communication and presentation skills such as story-boarding, technical drawings, digital design and digital visualisation. You will gain a sound understanding and experience of scenic design and develop the confidence to produce creative and effective design solutions.
Projects will enable you to develop skills in workshop practices and construction methods, to produce three-dimensional scale models and props in order to test and communicate concepts and to apply principles of lighting and camera work. In addition, you will learn about location scouting and surveying, stage and location management, sourcing props and the management of budgets and production schedules. The programme has strong industry links and you will have the opportunity to work on industry-generated live briefs while also being encouraged to pursue opportunities for work placements and / or work experience.
The course at Salford covers all aspects of Film and TV Set Design and is very much about developing practical skills. A combination of lively studio-based design modules and seminar lectures will enable you to shape your studies around areas of set design that particularly interests you.
The course has strong links with the TV and Film Set design industry and is taught by specialist tutors who have established careers in the field. This course also invites key figures and specialist design professionals to deliver guest lectures and contribute to teaching and learning. Visits to commercial studios and locations are embedded within the course which supports our practice-based learning approach.
All students will be given the opportunity to undertake a period of international in the second year and can apply for funding to support their studies whilst abroad.
Work placements and industry sponsored projects form a key part of the course allowing you to experience the cutting edge of set and scenic design practice.
The first year is designed to give you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed on the course and which underpin Film and TV Set Design.
A challenging series of projects introduce you to the many processes involved with scenic design, including how to interpret scripts, coming up with initial ideas, development of ideas, visual presentation techniques, construction and materials and location work.
The second year introduces you to working more closely with industry through modules which offer live projects and work placement opportunities. This means that in addition to developing your practical skills and understanding, you are also gaining valuable first hand industry experience and making contact with industry professionals.
The final year starts with a 20 credit project module which is designed to get you up-to-speed swiftly, before embarking on an extended design project spanning 2 modules. Within the Research Methods for Film and TV Design module you are able to develop a personal design brief which forms the basis of your final Negotiated Major Project module. This allows you to produce a detailed, industry-standard project which reflects your strengths, interests and career ambitions, forming a key element of your portfolio when you graduate from the University of Salford.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.