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Theatre and Film Production Design - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Study in London, the home of the UK's theatre and film industries. The course is situated in the midst of London’s theatre and film companies and offers a rich setting of heritage, contemporary and emergent fields in which to study. The course covers design for theatre and film production design, costume design, and set and costume making for performance. You'll be able to develop specialist skills in a chosen field of interest and develop a strong career plan.

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The Theatre and Film Production BA degree course is run in conjunction with the Theatre and Performance Practice BA and offers a unique opportunity to develop as a collaborative practitioner and designer of performance in all aspects.

You’ll learn how to bring together a range of creative, technical, communicative, organisational and entrepreneurial skills as you work towards being an independent yet collaborative practitioner.

As part of The Cass, this course sits alongside and interacts with a range of art and design disciplines including fashion, textiles, interior design, music and fine art, offering an excellent base for making and collaborative practice. We have an impressive directory of industry contacts in all fields of theatre and film and can offer practice experience, professional expertise and wide-ranging career opportunities.


Assessment methods range from formative, summative, diagnostic, peer and self-assessment, studio based work, workshops, and computer aided design (CAD) and digital projects and exercises.

In addition to the University’s standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grade C in three A levels or minimum grades BC in at least two A levels in relevant humanities, art and design subjects (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points).
  • English Language GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Film, Photography and Media Extended degree or the Art and Design Extended Degree (With Foundation Year).

We encourage applications from international/EU students with equivalent qualifications. We also accept mature students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Suitable applicants living in the UK will be invited to a portfolio interview. Applicants living outside the UK will be required to submit a portfolio of work via email.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Portfolios and interviews

Your portfolio should be selected but have enough work to show the range of your interests and talents. We are interested in seeing how you develop a narrative through a project. You can also include creative writing, story boarding, lighting and photography, costume and CAD work if you have examples of these.

We always want to see traditional drawing whether observational, life or concept generating. Pieces that show us how you conceive ideas, select and emphasise stories through atmosphere and scale. If you cannot bring work within your portfolio to your interview, please take photographs and include them.

Finally, be ready to talk about your work and how you see your future as a film and theatre production designer.

Modules for this course are to be confirmed. Please check back at a later date or call our course enquiries team on +44 (0)20 7133 4200 for details.

The Theatre and Film Production Design BA course will offer opportunities within the film and theatre industries in a number of roles within design and production, including set and costume designer, production designer, art director and a range of making roles. It also prepares you for exhibition design, curation, lighting design, community, and youth work and education.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of- the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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