The course is a 2 year (FDA) Foundation Degree in Prop making & Special FX, with a recommended optional third year top up that will give you a BA (Hons) degree.
This is a full time course that supplies high contact time with staff, most materials, unless you have expensive taste, outstanding workshop facilities and equipment, with full time access to enable you to hone your skills to an industry standard. We actively encourage skills practice outside of the course content and the facilities are made available as much as possible.
Year 1- foundation degree
You will be introduced to a wide range of methods and materials used in prop making and special effects. This includes woodwork, metalwork including welding, sculpture in various materials, moulding and casting, technical drawing, model making, design practices, and contextual studies to further develop your understanding of the industry.
Through internal shows, exhibition, commissions and individual projects you will get to practice what you have learnt in preparation for the second year.
Year 2- foundation degree
There is more skills practice (always encouraged), on internal and external projects/ commissions and the development of your understanding of your place within the entertainment industry. This is achieved through work experience and your own personal progression in the development of marketing yourself as a Prop maker. You will also be encouraged to develop contacts gained through work experience in preparation for employment.
Year 3 BA (honours)
This is an optional third year made up of 2 core units and a dissertation that leads to a full honours degree.