A production designer must be versatile and imaginative, with an eye for detail and accuracy. This TV and Film Set Design course aims to prepare you for work in a professional art department in the film and television industry, and you’ll understand how drama and entertainment are developed from script to screen.
This is a specialist course, with very few others nationally and internationally. Based in Cardiff, there are great benefits of being near a range of production facilities and studios – BBC Drama at Roath Lock, Pinewood Wales, Dragon Studios, Bay Studios in Swansea, S4C, and many other independent companies. Work experience is a key part of the course and students have had successful placements on a wide range of productions locally and nationally, and have included Doctor Who, Sherlock and Casualty at BBC Roath Lock, and Red Dwarf and feature film The Nutcracker at Pinewood, London.
You will be immersed in a professional creative environment at our Cardiff campus, that benefits from strong industry links. You will develop an awareness of drawing, technical drawing and model-making, as well as explore the history of film and design to support your work.
Starting from a script or brief, you’ll learn how to design studio plans to scale, produce models, construction drawings and storyboards. You’ll also develop a full understanding of technical drawing, manual and in AutoCAD, model-making and visualising. For a versatile portfolio, you’ll design for single and multi-camera productions over different genres, including period drama, science fiction, situation comedy, and light entertainment.
Assignments are based on single or multi-camera productions in a range of genres.
You will have many opportunities to experience practical art directing through collaborative filmmaking.
Course assessment is through regular coursework submissions, in addition to examinations in some areas.
This TV and Film Set Design course is recognised by Creative Skillset, Sector Skills Council and carries the Creative Skillset Tick for the purposes of indicating courses best suited to prepare for a Creative Industries career.
USW’s television and film set design course is also part of the Skillset Media Academy Wales, a partnership of the leading film and media schools in Wales, offering an exceptionally high standard of education that is endorsed by industry.
Students on our television and film set design degree will benefit from close contact with the Academy’s Industry Panel, access to professional masterclasses and workshops, networking, jobs and work placements, and the opportunity to promote work through an exclusive online network.
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
An interview and portfolio are required for this course. Your portfolio should demonstrate strong artistic and design abilities. Your portfolio should be a carefully constructed selection of your work, preferably produced during your most recent course of study, and can include any personal work or projects that you feel are relevant to the course. All work should be well organised and presented. You should be prepared to discuss your work at interview as well as the designers and/or artists who have influenced you.
BCC - CDD to include a relevant art and design subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level with a relevant art and design subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include a relevant higher subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment)||£150||
Materials, per year
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment)||£100||
Equipment, year 1
Field trip to Europe
|Other: Printing & Exhibition Costs||£100 - £250||
£100 (Year 1& 2), £250 (Year 3)
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
We are proud to say that our TV and Film Set Design graduates have worked locally, nationally and internationally on a wide range of productions. Feature films include Star Wars, Wonder Woman, Grimsby, The Justice League, Mary Poppins, and The Nutcracker. TV dramas include Beowulf: Return to Shieldlands, Indian Summer, London Spy, and light entertainment shows including The BAFTAS and the Eurovision Song Contest – the list goes on.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.