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. Due to its popularity we have created two new programmes 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 allows FdA graduates the opportunity to go on to gain a BA (Hons) in Scenic Art and Prop Making. The BA (Hons) top-up is also available, and open now, to students who have completed an FdA comparable to Mountview’s FdA in Scenic Art and Prop Making, or gained 240 credits of an equivalent undergraduate qualification elsewhere. 

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

Mountview produces around 20 fully supported 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 is available to to graduates of Mountview’s FdA in Scenic Art and Prop Making from 2020, and to students with equivalent qualifications now. This one year top-up allows you to train for more 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 an area of particular interest to you.

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

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.

2018/19 Term Dates
Autumn term 
21 September – 21 December 2018
Spring term 7 January – 29 March 2019
Summer term 15 April – 12 July 2019

2019/20 Term Dates
Autumn 
September – December
Spring January – April
Summer May – July

Scenic Art and Prop Making Skills

Working with scale in 2D and 3D: model making, drawing and scaling up

Trompe L’oeil and perspective painting techniques

Puppetry design, construction and manipulation

Basic timber set construction, joinery and furniture making

Cloth painting: canvases and gauzes

Spray gun techniques

Working with fabrics: sewing skills, soft props, furnishings and upholstery

Metalwork: soldering and welding

Paint effects: marbling, wood graining, breaking down and aging techniques

Texturing: brick work, stone effect, decorative relief

Sculpting: clay, polystyrene, Stytroform and Plastazote

Mould making: single and two-part using plaster, alginate, resin and silicone

Stencilling, wallpapering and surface decoration

Software: Photshop, Afftereffects, CAD and 3D software

Additional content may include: leatherwork, wood turning and paper props
Projects include: Set Design and 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 and golden section

Key history of architecture, design, art and theatre styles/movements

Practical research skills

Sustainable practice in scenic art and prop making

Career developement 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.

Scenic Art and Prop Making Skills

Life drawing and portraiture

Figurative painting and sculpture

Costume cutting and construction techniques

Prosthetics and special effects make up

Cutting, joining and manipulating plastics

Signage and lettering techniques

Sculpting: use of wax and Chavant

Mould making: injection/matrix moulding, life casting

Vac forming and thermofilling

Software: further Photoshop, Illustrator and 3D software

Using a CNC machine, laser cutting and 3D printing.

Additional content may include: body shaping in foam, UV and special effects paints, incorporating electrical and electronic components in prop making
Projects include: Fantasy/Sci-Fi TV and 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.

2018/19 Term Dates
Autumn term 
21 September – 21 December 2018
Spring term 7 January – 29 March 2019
Summer term 15 April – 12 July 2019

2019/20 Term Dates
Autumn 
September – December
Spring January – April
Summer May – July

Scenic Art and Prop Making Skills

Masterclasses and seminars may include:

Stained glass, FEV and shellacs

Gilding and metallic finishes

Prop making for 3D animation

Signwriting

Etching and engraving metals

Sculpting in wood and stone

Working in silks and dyes

Grafitti

Project Work:

Independent projects througout 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

Proejct 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

  • 2019/20 UK/EU Students
  • £9,360p.a.
  • 2019/20 International Students
  • £17,165p.a.
  • Application fees
  • Free
  • 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.

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.

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, 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. 

 

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