About the BA (Hons) Human Scale Prop-Making programme
From Gandalf’s staff, to Harry Potter’s Monster Book of Monsters, not just props, but 3D characters in their own right – on completion of our BA (Hons) Human Scale Prop Making programme, our students will graduate with the practical skills and contextual awareness to create exciting and characterful 3D props for Film, Television, Theatre or Exhibition.
Standard entry requirement for the degree are 80 UCAS points, with a minimum of grade C/4 in both GCSE Maths & English. This equates to MMP at BTec National Diploma level, grades CCD at ‘A’ Level, and on the Diploma Foundation Studies (Art, Design & Media) this is equal to a Merit.
However, in line with the widening participation brief and lifelong learning strategy, the Institute will also encourage applications from non-traditional learners who lack formal academic qualifications. All such non-traditional applicants will be interviewed and will carry out a bespoke assignment in order to assess their academic potential and relevant experience.
Applicants may be admitted with credit for prior certificated learning (APcL) or work/life experience or other uncertificated learning (APeL) (see section 8.3 – Accreditation of prior learning (experiential and certificated) – of the Higher Education Quality Handbook). Students who have successfully completed another relevant programme of study at least at the equivalent level may be eligible to apply for APcL. Claim forms must be supported by the official transcript or certificate of the awarding body of the original qualification and any guidance explaining the allocation of credit and grading scheme used to enable module comparison. Students may also be eligible to apply for life or work experience or other uncertificated learning in which the acquisition of skills or knowledge at the equivalent level to the higher education programme has been gained. These APeL claim forms must be supported by a portfolio of evidence including supporting letters or statements from third parties (i.e. employers) to validate any claims made within the portfolio by the applicant. Further, a letter or statement of support from the programme leader identifying any interviews or discussions that have taken place with particular attention being paid to ensure that should the accreditation be granted, the applicant or enrolled student would be able to cope with the demands of the programme.
The Institute recognises a wide range of entry qualifications as being equivalent to A’ level standard; if students hold a qualification not listed above please contact the HE Admissions for further guidance on +44 (0) 800 328 3631.
What you will learn
Level 4 (Certificate Stage)
Level 4 concentrates on fundamental skills acquisition. Students will begin by exploring 3D shapes and forms and train their eye into looking at and understanding complex shapes. There will be introductory modules in materials used to create the shapes, resistant materials, non-resistant materials, sculpting moulding and casting. Documentation of all materials and Health and Safety will also be explored. Students will be introduced to thinking about contextual interpretation of their builds.
- Lexicon of the Object
- Resistant Materials: Fundamentals
- Non Resistant Materials: Basics
- Creating for Creatures and Characters
- Contextual Studies Study Skills
Level 5 (Diploma Stage)
Level 5 moves onto progression of the skills building blocks of level 4, with more advanced practical applications of materials. Practical working strategies will be encouraged to be explored with more complex builds requiring advanced problem solving using prototypes, maquettes and developmental planning. Introduction of real life constraints such as budget and time availability will also be introduced as well as the more academic thought processes of characterising props and models and setting into context.
- Existing Prop Adaptation or Restoration
- Multiple Prop Manufacturing Techniques
- Genre and Character in the Media
- Industry Group Project
- Advanced Specialist Prop-Making Skills
- Research Methods
Level 6 (Honours Stage)
By Level 6 students will be confident and autonomous practitioners, with a thorough understanding of the practical skills needed for a build as well as the ability to apply their personal style and choice of material to their realised work. They will have a competent understanding of the professional language needed to survive and progress in the exciting real-world industry they are embarking on, both on a practical and academic level. As well as a dissertation, students will produce a final major project where all the key principles of learning and development will be culminated.
- Preliminary Practical Project
- Final Major Project
- Professional Identity and Employability
Learning & Teaching Methods
Level 4 learning covers most of this basic practical introduction, where skills will be acquired through practice, application and exploration. Students will explore and understand the core fundamentals of shape, scale, volume, texture, surface and colour.
Level 5 learning expands upon level 4. Students continue to apply and develop their skills applying problem solving and awareness of industry constraints and requirements in their way of thinking so that these real-life situations become part of the way students look at their approach to making.
At level 6 students will extend their critical analysis, evaluation and reflection to realise a professional portfolio and identity. Level 6 encourages students to take ownership of their project work further becoming increasingly Independent utilising self-initiative by implementing self-led research and project work.
Students are required to purchase a specific kit containing materials and tools vital for prop making which will see you through your degree and on in to industry. The kit is priced at £400 and successful applicants will be instructed on how to order. Workshops, general materials and tools are provided by the course.
The programme is proposing student participation in ‘The New Blades Exhibition’ held annually in Holborn London. This is a Graduate Exhibition, where prop makers, model makers and all students from Creative Industry Practical Courses exhibit and compete for recognition. The ultimate strategy is to raise the course profile as well as promote individual graduates. This will be based on sufficient student numbers to make this financially viable.
After finishing the course, you will be equipped with skills to help you begin a career as a prop maker in Television, Film, Theatre and Advertising.