Course Length: 2 Years Site: West Durrington Campus  Map
Attendance: Full time    
Tutor: Dan Jenkins

(This course is validated by the University of Brighton and delivered by Northbrook College)


UCAS code: W490
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The Course Student prop work

This course focuses on the fabrication of props and special effects for the entertainment industry. It develops skills in design through research, creative workshops, illustration, CAD based systems and maquettes.


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Course Content

The manufacture of props involves skills in sculpture in various materials, moulding & casting, texture effects and finishing techniques. The course also explores model making for film, mask manufacture, puppetry and character effects. It is structured to offer an equal quantity of individual projects and production practice on a wide range of internal productions and external commissions.


All students benefit from access to individual workstations, in-studio IT provision, the resource centre and extensive design workshops. Throughout your studies the cost of materials is fully funded on production practice. Work experience underpins the training into the second year of the course and opportunities are available to work across theatre, TV and film. Subject based research and analysis underpins the study of both years.


Study hours are split between approximately one third scheduled learning (eg lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops) and two thirds guided independent study, which may include 3 weeks' work experience.


Programme Specification



There are no written exams and you will be assessed through a combination of coursework and practical work (for more details, see the Programme Specification).

Progression/Career Student work 2

Past graduates have gone on to work as art department assistants, prop makers, model makers, set builders and scenic artists, or continued their education on the BA (Hons) top-up at Northbrook or progressed to other Higher Education establishments.


Entry Requirements


Individual offers may vary.

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Minimum UCAS points:

- Old system: 160

- New 2017 system: 64

from one of the following:

  • BTEC or UAL Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in theatre production/fine art/product design
  • A Levels with at least 56 points (or 140 in old system) from A2 Levels (including a relevant subject)
  • Foundation Studies Diploma in Art & Design/Media
  • An equivalent overseas qualification together with a proven ability in spoken and written English (IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and 5.5 for all other sub skills)


It is strongly advised that all Higher Education applicants will have successfully achieved an A*- C grade in both GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualification), to enable them to successfully complete their studies at Northbrook College and enhance their future career prospects.


Alternative qualifications and industrial experience would be considered and discussed at interview.

Course materials and extra costs

Students will need to supply personal PPE and basic tools at a cost of approximately £50-£100 at the beginning of the course. In addition, the final project usually costs approximately £50-200 for materials. All other costs are covered by the course or client budgets.


Applications are to be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) quoting institution code: N41 and Institution code name: NBRK

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