MA Design for Film, Television and Events

Nottingham Trent University - School of Art & Design

Program Description

MA Design for Film, Television and Events

Nottingham Trent University - School of Art & Design

MA Design for Film, Television and Events

This course further develops the key skills and knowledge required for the production of environments used in films, television broadcasts and public events.

It focuses on the common aspects of set design and multidisciplinary understanding and awareness across areas such as:

    •    live performance

    •    exhibition

    •    conferences

    •    festivals

    •    carnivals; and

    •    both interior and exterior events.

Study routes

You can study this course:

    •    full-time over one year

    •    part-time over two years as MA Design for Film, Television and Events by Registered Project.

Our MA by Registered Project is a flexible route that can be adapted to your individual studying needs.


The School of Art & Design is offering a number of scholarships for full-time Masters study.

Course focus

As part of your project you will have the opportunity to specialise within film, television or events and therefore develop a deep understanding of practice in that area.

Staff involved in the delivery of this course are experts and practitioners from the areas of film, television, new media and theatre.

With established courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the areas of film, television and theatre design, the School of Art & Design enjoys a huge range of industry contacts.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by coursework and a presentation at the end of the each stage, culminating in the exposition of your work towards the end of the course.

Course content includes:

    •    event and project management

    •    construction and model making

    •    lighting techniques

    •    visual effects

    •    health and safety

    •    audio-visual production

    •    use of ancillary and technical equipment; and

    •    location and site management.

How will I learn?

MA Design for Film, Television and Events is one of four specialist courses in the broader area of narrative and interactive arts; the others are MA Film Practice, MA Puppetry and Digital Animation, and MA Interaction Design. You will attend lectures seminars and workshops with students from these other courses and cross-disciplinary collaboration is encouraged.

You will be assigned a specialist personal supervisor who will support you through the duration of the course.

You will agree and develop a learning and personal development plan with your supervisor, based around your specific area of project focus.

Throughout the course you are required to develop and maintain a reflective journal; this is a record of your project's journey and will include critical analysis, research, evaluation of thoughts and activities, as well as professional theory and practice in relation to your subject choice.

Special facilities

You have full access to a wide range of cutting-edge, industry-standard facilities, including:

    •    a multipurpose design studio and workshops, with PC workstations

    •    fully operational TV studios with chroma-key facilities

    •    a studio theatre with full lighting and sound

    •    a dedicated sound studio

    •    high-definition cameras

    •    green screens and a green infinity wall

    •    3D visualisation

    •    performance-capture cameras and suite

    •    stereoscopic imaging; and

    •    audio-recording booths.

Learning opportunities

As a student on this course you are welcome to take part in study visits. Recent destinations including major BBC TV and film productions (location and studio based), independent television productions and Pinewood Studios.

The course also includes collaborative projects and study visits within the School of Art & Design. Recent examples include the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Biennale art and design festival in Venice.

Exploratory projects are encouraged as part of the learning experience, especially across disciplinary boundaries.

Guest lectures and workshops include appearances from influential practitioners, artists and respected academics.

Career destinations

This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and experiences needed to advance your career or enable further study.
There are a wide range of potential career opportunities within the research, design and development, production, post-production and exhibition of film, television and events. Other sectors you could work in include marketing and exhibition display.

Entry requirements

You will need:

    •    a good honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a relevant discipline, or relevant experience

    •    examples of work

    •    a personal statement.

International and EU students also need to meet the English language requirements.

Application deadline

Applications should normally be received by the end of July for entry in September.

Overseas applicants must take into account the time required to apply for a visa (if applicable) before applying for an MA course.

Project proposal and personal statement

The project proposal is a very important part of the application and needs to form part of the personal statement that you are required to submit with your application.

Your course of study will be based on the research, development and production of a major project, which will be initiated and proposed by you.

In order to understand how we can support your studies, we would like to understand your thinking of what your project may be therefore within your personal statement please include the following in order that your application can be assessed, this should be no more than 500 words.

    •    What might the title of your Masters Project might be?

    •    Describe the specific area of interest or specialism you have in your chosen subject area.

    •    Outline what relevant skills you have, and what further skills you might want to learn.

    •    Explain why you want to research and create work within this area, what you hope it will achieve, and how you might do it.

    •    Suggest the audience for your work; for example, which kind of viewers, consumers, employers or publishers is your work aimed at.

    •    Describe what resources (technical or other) you might need to do complete your project.

    •    Let us know which artists / designers / creative practitioners have influenced your work.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 8, 2016
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