FdA/BA (Hons) Top-up in Scenic Art and Prop Making

Validated by University of East Anglia

FdA/BA (Hons) Top-up in Scenic Art and Prop Making
Validated by University of East Anglia

FdA - 2 year | BA (Hons) Top-up - 1 year

Mountview has offered scenic art and prop making training for over 40 years as part of our Theatre Production Arts course.

Two programmes offer specialist vocational training in scenic art and prop making for theatre, film, TV and related industries such as theming and heritage.

A two-year Foundation Degree (FdA) in Scenic Art and Prop Making provides a fast-track training, and a one-year top-up allows FdA graduates to gain a BA (Hons).

There is a maximum of eight places available each year with practical training running over 30 hours per week, 36 weeks per year.

N.B. The application route for this course is FREE and direct with Mountview.  You may apply to this course directly in addition to the UCAS maximum of 5 choices.

The range of public productions Mountview produces gives a vast array of learning opportunities.

The FdA programme places a strong emphasis on developing specialist crafts and practical problem solving. 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 will be prepared to enter the workplace, with a broad range of skills making you highly employable.

A BA (Hons) top-up year allows you to explore more advanced creative and management roles. You will take on a minimum of two major roles on productions through the year. A specialist research project requires you to apply advanced research skills to extend knowledge in a particular area of interest.

Strong emphasis is placed on learning through practice, and the majority of work across all the modules is continuously assessed. Skills modules will be assessed through coursework and practice modules through assessment of production roles.

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
  • Scenic art and prop making for fantasy themes
  • Upholstery and furniture making
  • Sculpting and modelling using specialist materials
  • Working with timber, plastics, metals, resins, foams and fabrics
  • Career development and entrepreneurial skills

Course Content

Strong emphasis is placed on learning through practice, and the majority of work across all the modules is continuously assessed. Skills modules will be assessed through coursework, and practice modules through assessment of practical production roles.

First year modules will introduce you to skills, processes and materials that are fundamental to prop making and scenic art practice, and will introduce you to the process of applying skills and knowledge to production practice.

2020/21 TERM DATES
Autumn term 7 September – 11 December 2020
Spring term 5 January – 1 April 2021
Summer term 19 April – 9 July 2021

Scenic Art and Prop Making Skills

  • Working with scale in 2D & 3D: model making, drawing & scaling up
  • Trompe L’oeil & perspective painting techniques
  • Puppetry design, construction & manipulation
  • Basic timber set construction, joinery & furniture making
  • Cloth painting: canvases & gauzes
  • Spray gun techniques
  • Working with fabrics: sewing skills, soft props, furnishings & upholstery
  • Metalwork: soldering & welding
  • Paint effects: marbling, wood graining, breaking down & ageing techniques
  • Texturing: brick work, stone effect, decorative relief
  • Sculpting: clay, polystyrene, Stytroform & Plastazote
  • Mould making: single and two-part using plaster, alginate, resin & silicone
  • Stencilling, wallpapering & surface decoration
  • Software: Photoshop, After Effects, CAD & 3D software
  • Additional content may include: leatherwork, wood turning & paper props
    Projects include: Set Design & Realisation Project, Puppetry Project

Production Practice

  • Assistant level role/s on public theatre productions
  • Management skills: personal project and time management, resource management

Supporting Classes, Seminars and Field Trips

  • Colour theory, perspective & golden section
  • Key history of architecture, design, art & theatre styles/movements
  • Practical research skills
  • Sustainable practice in scenic art & prop making
  • Career development planning

Strong emphasis is placed on learning through practice, and the majority of work across all the modules is continuously assessed. Skills modules will be assessed through coursework, and practice modules through assessment of practical production roles.

In year 2, visiting professionals will be engaged to lead projects and to deliver one-off masterclasses. First year skills are further developed and refined.

2020/21 TERM DATES
Autumn term 7 September – 11 December 2020
Spring term 5 January – 1 April 2021
Summer term 19 April – 9 July 2021

Scenic Art and Prop Making Skills

  • Life drawing & portraiture
  • Figurative painting & sculpture
  • Costume cutting & construction techniques
  • Prosthetics & special effects make up
  • Cutting, joining & manipulating plastics
  • Signage & lettering techniques
  • Sculpting: use of wax and Chavant
  • Mould making: injection/matrix moulding, life casting
  • Vac forming and thermofilling
  • Software: further Photoshop, Illustrator & 3D software
  • Using a CNC machine, laser cutting & 3D printing.
  • Additional content may include: body shaping in foam, UV and special effects paints, incorporating electrical & electronic components in prop making
    Projects include: Fantasy/Sci-Fi TV & Film project, Museum Project

Production Practice

  • Deputy and Assistant level roles on public performances.
  • Management skills: project management, budgeting, sourcing, ordering, scheduling.
  • Opportunities to gain work experience in a range of companies. Recent work experience providers have included the Young Vic (London); Rocket (Nottingham); Bay Productions (Cardiff) and Factory Settings (London).

Supporting Classes, Seminars and Field Trips

  • Human anatomy
  • The human figure and portraiture in art
  • The history of special effects prop making
  • Prop making and scenic art opportunities in TV and film, heritage, museums and theme parks
  • Career development planning
  • Introduction to business and entrepreneurial skills: marketing, business planning, CV, tax, website design, portfolio, social media.

Strong emphasis is placed on learning through practice, and the majority of work across all the modules is continuously assessed. Skills modules will be assessed through coursework, and practice modules through assessment of practical production roles, through which you will develop your project and team management skills. You will also take part in a range of classes, seminars and project work covering advanced scenic art and prop making skills. Visiting professionals will be engaged to lead projects, mentor individual students and to deliver one-off masterclasses.

2020/21 TERM DATES
Autumn term 7 September – 11 December 2020
Spring term 5 January – 1 April 2021
Summer term 19 April – 9 July 2021

Scenic Art and Prop Making Skills

  • Masterclasses & seminars may include:
  • Stained glass, FEV and shellacs
  • Gilding & metallic finishes
  • Prop making for 3D animation
  • Signwriting
  • Etching & engraving metals
  • Sculpting in wood & stone
  • Working in silks and dyes
  • Graffiti

Project Work:

  • Independent projects throughout the year will be tailored to your individual developmental needs and interests.
  • The Specialist Research Project is a major independent project that explores the application of research to practice processes. You will propose your own subject, which should be an area of practice of particular interest to you.

Production Practice

  • Lead roles on public productions
  • Project and team management skills
  • Opportunities to gain work experience in a range of companies. Recent work experience providers have included the Young Vic (London); Rocket (Nottingham); Bay Productions (Cardiff) and Factory Settings (London).

Supporting Classes, Seminars and Field Trips

  • Career development planning
  • Further entrepreneurial and business skills: marketing, business planning, CV, tax, website design, portfolio, social media.

Fees

  • Application Fee
  • Free
  • 2020/21 UK/EU Students Course Fee
  • £9,545 p.a.
  • 2020/21 International Students Course Fee
  • £17,510 p.a.
  • Additional Costs (e.g. personal protective equipment, tool kit)
  • £250
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Additional costs include: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)/essential tool kit (boots, hard hat, gloves, reflective bibs) – allow around £250-£300.

Mountview has made an application to the Office for Students for this course to be designated for the 208/19 financial year. We are currently awaiting the outcome of this application. For further information please contact admissions@mountview.org.uk

Mountview works with all students to discuss funding options.

Irrespective of the outcome of Britain’s proposed withdrawal from the European Union, EU citizens commencing training at Mountview in September 2018 will continue to pay the same fee as UK citizens for the duration of their course.

The Stage Scholarship

Mountview is collaborating with The Stage to provide a full scholarship for the FdA Scenic Art and Prop Making.  When filling out your application, state that you wish to be considered for The Stage Scholarship. All applicants will receive an interview. Offers will be based on your application, interview, portfolio and two references. You must be aged 18 years or over at the start of the FdA course.

Funding and Scholarships

Entry requirements

Applying to the FdA

Applicants must be aged 18 years or over at the start of the FdA course. 

Applicants are not required to have any formal academic qualifications. All applicants will receive an interview. Offers of places will be based on your application, interview, portfolio of work and two references. At interview you will present a portfolio of art and design work, and will be invited to talk about previous experience, interests and inspirations.

Entry is based on an interview at which you will present a portfolio of art and design work, and will be invited to talk about previous experience, interests and inspirations. There are no academic entry requirements, however one of the following is desirable:

• Five GCSE passes and two A-Levels or
• Four SCE Higher Grade passes
• BTEC National or Higher National Certificate or Diploma with merit grades
• Foundation course (Applicants for BA (hons) top-up must hold a minimum of 240 credits).
• Access to Higher Education Diploma

Applying to the BA (Hons) Top-up Year

Applicants from Mountview’s FdA in Scenic Art and Prop making:

Students on Mountview’s FdA who wish to apply for the BA (Hons) in Secnic Art and Prop Making must make a formal application. We recommend that students apply as early as possible in their second year. An offer of a place will be based on an interview and you must pass the FdA in order to take up a place.

External applicants:

Application information will include a personal statement, information on education and work background and two references relating to your education and/or employment background. Applicants will usually have gained, or be studying for, an FdA equivalent in content to Mountview’s FdA in Scenic Art and Prop Making. They may also have accrued 240 credits on an equivalent BA (Hons) programme. Assessment of the equivalence of other courses will be made on a case-by-case basis. Check your eligibility here.

All applicants

If an applicant’s first language is not English, and they have not been taught in English or studied to A Level standard in the UK, they will need to demonstrate an acceptable minimum level of competence through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Band 6.5).

Mountview welcomes applications from people with disabilities and is keen to support all applicants to achieve their best. If applicants have any special requirements or access needs, these should be discussed with the course leader/administrator.

Mountview is committed to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities for students in which individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities. No applicant will receive less or more favourable treatment on grounds of sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnic origin, disability, religion and marital/parental status or any comparable grounds.

Interview information

Candidates visit Mountview for a 2 to 3 hour session in order to meet the course tutors, see current facilities and take part in a group workshop. An interview with course tutors will give applicants the opportunity to talk about their portfolio of work, their interest and aspirations and to ask any further questions. 

 

Auditions and Interviews
2020 Prospectus