SFX Props and Modelmaking Student

BA (Hons) SFX Props and Modelmaking for Film and TV

TARIFF: 88 - 112
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe / BNU based at Pinewood Studios
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2024

Fast-track your way to a career in props and modelmaking. This two-year degree puts a focus on the design and fabrication of physically based film and television special effects using a range of art, engineering and science technologies. 

This special effects course could help you get your dream job as being part of the team that work behind-the-scenes to bring stories to life for audiences of all ages. 

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Why study BA (Hons) SFX Props and Modelmaking at BNU?

Our industry-standard facilities are here to help you produce your most creative ideas. We will build your confidence in using the latest machines, equipment and postproduction software.

Our specialist resources include;

  • CNC and laser cutter machines
  • engineering & modelmaking workshop equipped with the latest advanced tools
  • plastic lab
  • prosthetics lab
  • CAD software
  • high end cameras
  • photography studios equipped with industry standard blue/ green screen.
  • blue/green screen video studio
  • computer and CGI lab
  • adobe creative suit
  • Auto desk.

At every step you’ll be supported by a dedicated team of technicians who will provide you with advice, technical assistance and support to realise your assignment briefs and final project. The University also has a teaching base at the iconic Pinewood Studios, which means there could be opportunities to engage with the community there.

The BA (Hons) SFX Props and Modelmaking course is led by a dedicated and experienced course team. Benefit from their industry knowledge and the industry links they bring to the course. Many of our guest lecturers are industry-experts and alongside your lecturers, they’ll nurture your learning and professional development through lectures, workshops and demonstrations. 

With a history of delivering expert craft, art and design education for more than 130 years, Buckinghamshire New University is the perfect place to start your creative career in SFX props and modelmaking. 

And as part of the Art, Design and Performance School at BNU, you’ll benefit from a practiced-based course, supported by contextual studies. You’ll also have the opportunity to work collaboratively across the School with other courses, ensuring during your studies you are building a varied network, like you would in the real world.

With London on our doorstep, you’ll be near the world’s best cultural centres, such as theatres, museums and galleries, where you can find a range of inspiration. It also means you may have the opportunity to visit outside bodies, such as prop stores, sets and set stores, material suppliers, manufacturing professionals and working studios, such as Pinewood Studio. 

What will I study?

The BA (Hons) SFX Props and Modelmaking course at BNU will allow you to focus on the design and fabrication of physically based film and television special effects using a range of art, engineering and science technologies. This will include props design & fabrication, character creation, prosthetics for prop-making, engineering and functional model making.

This practical course will be delivered in our specialist 3D modelmaking & engineering workshop at our High Wycombe campus. You may also have access to the prosthetics lab at our BNU base in Pinewood studios.

This taught practical-based course is industry-focused and will provide opportunities for students to engage with a broad range of skills and techniques required within special effects props and modelmaking production for film and TV and related creative industries. During your studies you’ll be supported by our specialist technicians and demonstrators. Using their experience and technical production and material knowledge, they’ll help you turn your ideas into fully functioning props and models. 

The course embraces new and emerging techniques and technologies, maintaining currency and diversity through well-established links and communications with the creative industry. Upon graduation you’ll have a portfolio and a skill set that aligns with the needs of the industry. 

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SFX Props and Modelmaking Studio

How will I be taught and assessed?

On this special effects course you’ll benefit by learning from lecturers with real sector experience and an insight into working-life. You could also benefit from access to our network of guest speakers, industry experts and successful alumni.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, from studio projects, workshop and masterclasses to media outcomes, written assignments and group and individual case studies.

Useful Information

BA (Hons) SFX Props and Modelmaking for Film and TV Programme Specification

BA (Hons) SFX Props and Modelmaking Additional Costs

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 88 - 112

UCAS points can be obtained through qualifications such as A levels, T levels, BTEC or an Access to Higher Education course in a relevant subject. Please list all your qualifications on the application form as you will be asked to provide copies when we receive your application.

Applicant must have A levels in a relevant subject such as DT, art & design and modelmaking is required. Alternatively, a BTEC National Diploma qualification in relevant subject such. In addition, applicants will need to have a suitably appropriate portfolio of work in areas such as Animation, Model-making, Sculptor making, Product/ industrial Design, and Manufacturing Design. 

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

This course has Opportunity modules.

Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules in your first year from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers. Find out more.

What are the tuition fees

  • Home, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £11,100 per year
  • Overseas/International, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £20,200 per year

Additional course costs and financial support

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

If you have any questions about the fees above, contact our Enquiries team by calling 0330 123 2023 or emailing advice@bnu.ac.uk.

What are my career prospects?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our Careers and Employability Team also help you find employment after graduation.

Upon graduation, you will be prepared for a range of career possibilities. Using the skills and knowledge learnt on this course, you could find yourself performing the following roles all over the world:

  • Props design and fabrication
  • Character Designer
  • Animation 3D
  • Sculptor
  • Prosthetics
  • Modelmaking
  • Pre-visualisation artist
  • Technical Director (TD)
  • Creative mould-maker
  • Rig builder
  • Operator
  • Engineering system design
  • Digital artist
  • Film & Television production assistant

You may also wish to stay on at Buckinghamshire New University and study a full-time or part-time postgraduate course, such as MA Special Effects for Film and TV.

Course leader

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Dr Johnny Issapour
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Joseph Davies
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Dr Sarah Dryden
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