Production Design

Why should you study Production Design for Stage & Screen?

This unique programme has been designed to support the exciting, fast growing industry of Production Design for TV Theatre and Film. It not only allows you to develop your design and realisation skills which a top production designer would need, but also to develop specialist skills such as prop making, sculpting, concept art and character development. These are all specialist skills which the production designer would employ as part of their creative team.

BA (Hons) Production Design for Stage & Screen

UCAS Code W490

UCAS Tariff 96 (2018 start) | 112 (2019 start)

Duration Three years

This degree offers you a unique and challenging opportunity to develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge for the design, development and production of sets, props and characters. Based within a framework of creative and professional practice, and with more than twenty years’ experience in developing production designers for the entertainment industries in consultation with employers, we offer a mix of skills that make our graduates stand out from the crowd.

Previous work experience opportunities include:

  • Beowulf for ITV Productions
  • The Dumping Ground, BBC Productions
  • Royal Opera House, London
  • Lime House Golem, HanWay Films

Live projects with industry are embedded throughout the three years of study, we work with companies including:

  • Creature Encounters Birmingham
  • Theatre Royal Newcastle
  • Rowntree Theatre, York
  • Preston Hall Museum, Stockton
  • Storm City, Pioneer TV, for Sky One

What will you study on Production Design?

In your first year (Level Four) you will explore:

  • Traditional drawing and visualisation techniques
  • Concept development
  • Creative and workshop practice
  • Practical and technical skills for the development of sets, props and characters
  • An Introduction to materials, media and equipment
  • An Introduction to Digital media for 2D and 3D visualisation
  • Professional Studies exploring the creative industries for production design
  • Contextual influences on contemporary culture and art history

In your second year (Level Five) you will develop:

  • An individual specialist focus for your creative practice in production design
  • Critical, analytical, communication and problem-solving skills through negotiated learning
  • Advanced Digital media for 2D and 3D visualisation
  • Professional practice and links with the creative industries
  • Employability skills

In your third year (Level Six) you will produce:

  • A Final self-directed Minor and Major Project
  • A Dissertation
  • Final year exhibition
  • Professional portfolio for employment
  • Self-promotional material

This degree is for you if you wish to have a career in:

  • Production design for theatre, film and TV
  • Event design for theme parks and exhibitions
  • Stop Frame and Digital Animation Studios
  • The Games Industry
  • Model Making
  • Sculpting and Mould Making
  • Scenic Painting and Construction
  • Concept Artist
  • Art Direction, Properties Buyer, Set Dresser, Location Manager. Draughtsman
  • Teacher Training
  • Community Artist


All the programme team are professionals who are working in the industry providing a diverse range of skills supporting the students’ learning. These include design and construction for Theatre Productions such as ‘A Little Night Music’, ‘A Taste of Honey’ and ‘Barnum’, interior design and exhibition design projects. The team also have a wide range of model making, prop making and sculpting skills and have worked with a host of clients including ITV and BBC and films such as Batman Begins. Academic research by the team includes research and exhibition design highlighting the work of 19th Century designer Christopher Dresser. The programme team has also been active in supporting advanced research into new technology such as 3D printing, animation, CGI and digital model making. Areas of specialism which are now used extensively in TV and Film production.

These skills include:

  • Technical Drawing and visualisation for production design using traditional and digital media
  • Concept Development and storyboarding
  • Character development
  • Sculptural work, including moulding and casting
  • Model making for sets, props and visual effects
  • Digital Model making and CGI using industry standard software.
  • Construction Skills and Specialist Finishing Techniques
  • Scenic painting


Our alumni enjoy a great variety of careers which have included:

  • Head Sculptor – Aardman Productions
  • Prop maker- Alton Towers/ Merlin Entertainment.
  • Digital Productions Manager – Pinewood Studio
  • Project manager – Show Canada, Montreal.
  • Production Designer – CBBC (The Dumping Ground and Tracey Beaker)
  • Production Designer – Red Productions (Waterloo Road for BBC TV)
  • Properties Buyer – Mammoth Screen Productions (Remember Me for BBC TV)
  • Prop Maker – Disney and Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships.




Our industry standard studio facilities include individual work stations for all students with access to drawing boards and IT facilities. Alongside this are model making workshops where you will realise your ideas as 3D models using both traditional and digital media. Large scale construction, scenic painting and moulding and casting workshops support your creative ambitions throughout the programme. These are key areas where you will develop your employable skills which the industry needs. Our equipment and facilities reflect many of the tools used in the real world so all students graduate ready for the world of employment in the various areas of stage and screen production.

We also boast our own sound stages! Which provide our students with the ability to work on life size set design if they so wish, as well as providing opportunities for collaboration with our other stage and screen courses, including costume interpretation with design and tv, film and theatre production.

CCAD offered the best Production Design course in the UK for what I wanted to do, it really fit all the criteria that I was looking for. You can try your hand at anything you

Hannah Postlethwaithe
Third year (Level 6) student

I have been given so much opportunity for work experience. I have worked on ITV’s Beowulf, with Rough Cut Productions , bc-fx Prop Makers and Creature Encounters on various areas of production design.

Greg Lonsdale
Second year (Level 5) student


QAA commended the way CCAD enhances student learning

Only 15% of the institutions reviewed received a commendation in 14/15


96.7% of 2016 graduates

were in work or full-time study six months after graduation

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