FdA Scenic Art and Prop Making
Subject to Validation by University of East Anglia
Two years (FdA)
Mountview has offered scenic art and prop making training for over 40 years as part of our Theatre Production Arts course. Due to its popularity we have created two new programmes (subject to validation) that offer more specialist vocational training in scenic art and prop making for theatre, film, TV and related industries such as theming and heritage.
The two-year Foundation Degree (FdA) in Scenic Art and Prop Making provides a fast-track training, and a one-year BA (Hons) top-up course (from 2020) allows FdA graduates the opportunity to go on to gain a BA (Hons) in Scenic Art and Prop Making.
There is a maximum of eight places available each year with practical training runs over 30 hours per week, 36 weeks per year.
Mountview produces around 26 plays and musicals in theatres across London, the UK and internationally each year giving Scenic Art and Prop Making students a vast array of learning opportunities.
The FdA programme places a strong emphasis on developing specialist skills and practical problem solving in scenic art and prop making. You’ll learn a range of skills and processes from traditional and established methods and materials to new and future-facing technologies. The course has strong links with the industry and opportunities for work-based learning. As an FdA graduate you’ll be prepared to enter the workplace at an assistant level, with a broad range of skills and knowledge that makes them highly employable and equipped to continue their professional development within the workplace.
The BA (Hons) top-up year, available to FdA students from 2020, allows you to train for advanced creative and management roles. You will take on a minimum of two major roles on productions through the year, as well as participating in work-based learning and individual project work. A specialist research project requires you to apply advanced research skills to extend knowledge in a particular area of interest.
Scenic Art and Prop Making training covers:
• Puppetry and puppet making
• Prosthetics and special effects make-up
• Painting scenic cloths and gauzes
• Specialist paint finishes and effects
• Mould making and casting
• Fantasy character costume construction
• Upholstery and furniture making
• Sculpting and modelling using specialist materials
• Working with timber, plastics, metals, resins, foams and fabrics
• Career development and entrepreneurial skills
This course will run subject to approval by UEA. This means the course is currently going through UEA’s process to confirm the course will lead to a UEA award. Course approval will take place in November 2017 and confirmed by January 2018.