FdA Scenic Art and Prop Making

Subject to Validation by University of East Anglia

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.

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.

Autumn term tbc
Spring term tbc
Summer term tbc

Skills

Introduction to skills, processes, and materials fundamental to prop making and scenic art

Application of skills & process to production

Craft skills, including: working with fabrics, furniture making, large-scale scenic cloths, soft props, puppetry & painting gauzes.

Practice

Assistant level role/s on public productions

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.

Autumn term tbc
Spring term tbc
Summer term tbc

Skills

Introduction to management, career development planning and entrepreneurial skills.

Applied craft skills, including: life casting, costume cutting, figurative painting, prosthetics, makeup, fantasy and sci-fi.

Practice

Deputy and Assistant level roles on public performances.

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.

Autumn term tbc
Spring term tbc
Summer term tbc

Skills

Taught classes & project work covering advanced scenic art & prop making skills, project and team management

Masterclasses & seminars

Specialist research project

Practice

Lead roles on public productions

Fees

  • UK/EU Students
  • £9,175p.a.
  • International Students
  • £16,825p.a.
  • Application fees
  • Free
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Additional costs include: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)/essential tool kit (boots, hard hat, gloves, reflective bibs) – allow around £400.

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.

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Entry requirements

Applicants must be aged 18 years or over at the start of the course. 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, including two at A-Level
• Four SCE Higher Grade passes
• BTEC National or Higher National Certificate or Diploma with merit grades
• Foundation course

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 half-day of workshop experiences and a chance to see the campus. As part of this there is a short interview at which they can talk about their production arts experience.

 

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2018 Prospectus