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Level 4+

BA (Hons) Prop Making & Special Effects


UCAS Course code: W490

This course focuses on the design and manufacture of props for film, TV, theatre, display and entertainment industries. Current students come from a wide range of creative and academic backgrounds, but all share a joint passion for design and making.

The course explores a wide range of creative techniques such as wood and metal work, sculpting, moulding and casting, decorative finishes, CAD, laser cutting and 3D printing, model making and soft props, to create a broad creative skill set that will support your development as a prop maker.

Key features

  • Highly practical industry-focused course
  • Personal studio spaces
  • Professional wood and metal workshop facilities
  • Resin and plaster rooms
  • CAD suite
  • Professional projects with external clients
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Validated by University of the Arts London (UAL)

This programme is validated by University of the Arts London (UAL). UAL is a leading education provider in the creative arts, ranked second in the world for art and design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023). They oversee the standards and quality of our curriculum, which enriches your overall learning experience.


Each application will be assessed individually, including a review of your grades, interview, portfolio/audition and any experience.

Typical entry requirements are below but offers may vary:

A relevant A-Level

Level 3 Extended Diploma

In exceptional circumstances, if you do not meet our entry requirements, your application may still be considered if you demonstrate additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

related academic or work experience

the quality of the personal statement

Prior professional experience


Our interviews are a relaxed discussion with a member of staff to look over your portfolio, show your passion for design and making and to look around the facilities. You will get the opportunity to meet current students and to see their latest work.

We also offer an online interview if you cannot make it on the day, but we would encourage you to sign up to one of our visit days for a tour and contact our admissions team for further information.

Visit the Prop making and SFX course website for more information:


Please bring varied examples of work, photographs and sketch books, be prepared to talk about your portfolio and have ready any questions you would like to ask the interviewing tutor. Most applicants will show varied strengths and weaknesses in their design/technical or practical skills, so show all aspects of yourself as a designer, artist, technical and practical maker and this will be a good start. You should show a variety of skills from the following list (very few will show all things listed):

Designs sketchbooks/ notebooks and visual thinking – these show your creativity and imagination Life drawing/ mark making – these show your expressive and observational skills

Painting and illustrations – these show your knowledge in using a variety of colour mediums Pencil sketches/Technical drawing/by hand and/or digital – these show your precision and visual communications skills

Photographs of: Sculptures in a variety of materials, such as clays, wood, metal, foams, plastics etc. Puppets, models, prop costumes, furniture, scenic construction, hand and hero props

Props and Models made for hobbies such as Cos-Play, Larp, wargaming etc.

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Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


If you want to find out more about what Northbrook College has to offer why not join us at our next open day.
Visit our one of our specialist campuses to see our industry-standard facilities and meet our expert tutors.