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This brand new and exciting HNC is designed by industry pros to introduce you to a career in the Art department for the Film Industry.

Splitting your time between the Buckinghamshire College Group Amersham Campus and Creative Media Skills state of the art studio base in the heart of British Film, Pinewood Studios, you will meet and learn from some of the most recognised and actively working professionals across many areas, including: prop makers, set dressers, concept artists, production designers, art directors and more!

  • What will I learn?

    You will learn from industry professionals a mix of practical skills that are requested by employers nowadays as well as developing a range of theory elements to support practice and industry etiquette. You will also learn about key digital design programmes and its usage when designing sets and making props.

  • Example modules

    • Drawing, drawing for set and storyboarding
    • Industry related software including: CAD and Vectorworks
    • Team breakdown and responsibilities
    • Set building and dressing
    • Script Breakdown for the Art Dept
    • Planning and Budgeting
    • Sculpting, Moulding and Painting Props
    • Sourcing props to a professional standard
    • Research and mood boards
    • Sketching
    • Storyboarding and model making
    • Entrepreneurial skills
    • Film etiquette
  • How will I be assessed?

    There are eight units to achieve which will be divided across a number of assignments of both theory and practical work. Across the programme you will have continuous assessment from all those that provide the teaching and learning experience including dedicated tutorials. Each unit is individually graded pass, merit and distinction with an overall weighting given at the end

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants need to be 18 and over. It is desirable for students to have attained GCSEs English and maths but applications from candidates with good levels of literacy and numeracy will be considered for mature candidates.

    A professional interview and a workshop will be required.

  • Progression & Career Opportunities

    Students who complete the course may wish to continue their progression journey onto the BA qualification or enter the world of work.

    There are many different options available to you within this group of departments and this industry led Diploma will open you up to further study or to begin a career as a trainee or apprentice for the following roles: Production Designer/ Supervising Art Director/ Art Director/Assistant Art Director/ Draughtsman/ Storyboard / Graphic Artist / Concept Artist/Art Department Coordinator/ Production Buyer/ Specialist Researcher/ Standby Art Director / Stagehand / Set finishing / Model maker/Painter / Props Master / Assistant Props Master / Standby Props / Props Model maker /Props Buyer/ Weapons foreman/ Weapons standby / set decorator/ Buyer / Assistant dresser

  • Cost of Study

    £6,000. Student finance is available, please contact our Admissions team for more information.

  • Additional Information

    This course is in conjunction with our partners CMS at Pinewood, the course is 2/3 taught at Pinewood in a professional environment and 1/3 at Amersham using the expertise of our experienced teaching team.

    There will be a requirement to buy some kit. Professional dress at all times.

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Course Details

Qualification Level Level 4
Study Mode Higher Education Course
Start Date September
Duration 36 Weeks
Course Code FDPSDL4DP/A-1
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