BA (Hons) TV and Film Set Design

One of only two specialist TV and Film Set Design courses in the UK, this hands-on course will prepare you for work in a professional art department in the film and television industry. You will understand how drama and entertainment are developed from script to screen. For a versatile portfolio, you’ll learn how to design for single and multi-camera productions over different genres, including period drama, science fiction, situation comedy, and light entertainment.

Studying TV and Film Set Design in Cardiff, you’ll benefit from being near major BBC production facilities and other independent producers, and from opportunities to work on real projects with industry. Previous partnerships have included work experience on BBC dramas, including Doctor Who, Atlantis, Casualty and Wizards vs Aliens. USW’s TV and Film Set Design degree has a strong reputation in industry and graduate success covers wide-ranging productions, feature films, light entertainment, commercials, music videos and TV dramas, including Star Wars, Anna Karenina, Doctor Who, Da Vinci’s Demons, The Mimic, Cowboys and Aliens, Celebrity Juice, The Inbetweeners and Benidorm.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
W461 Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
W461 Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

You will be immersed in a professional creative environment that benefits from strong industry links. You will develop an awareness of drawing, technical drawing and model-making, as well as explore the history of film and design to support your work.

Starting from a script or a brief, you will learn how to design studio plans to scale, make set models and produce construction drawings and storyboards.

Year One

  • TV & Film Set Projects
  • Surveying & Recording Spaces
  • Scenic Construction Principles & Practice
  • Methods of Analysis
  • Visual Studies TV & Film Design

Year Two

  • TV & Film Set Projects
  • Professional Practice (TV & Film Design)
  • Digital Visualisation
  • Big Picture Small Screen
  • Critical Analysis

Year Three

  • TV & Film Set Design Major Project
  • TV & Film Design Minor Project
  • Dissertation


Assignments are based on single or multi-camera productions in a range of genres.

You will have many opportunities to experience practical art directing through collaborative filmmaking.


Course assessment is through regular coursework submissions, in addition to examinations in some areas.


This course is recognised by Creative Skillset, Sector Skills Council and carries the Creative Skillset Tick for the purposes of indicating courses best suited to prepare for a Creative Industries career.

USW’s television and film set design course is also part of the Skillset Media Academy Wales, a partnership of the leading film and media schools in Wales, offering an exceptionally high standard of education that is endorsed by industry.

Students on our television and film set design degree will benefit from close contact with the Academy’s Industry Panel, access to professional masterclasses and workshops, networking, jobs and work placements, and the opportunity to promote work through an exclusive online network.


Anna Solic, TV and Film Set Design Course Leader
Emma Marshman, Academic Subject Manager
Jo Durnall, Senior Lecturer
Steve Higgins, Senior Lecturer
Dr Marta Minier, Senior Lecturer
Dr Nigel Long, Senior Lecturer
Dr Geraint D’Arcy, Lecturer
George Auchterlonie, Lecturer
Dave Marson, Lecturer

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.


An interview and portfolio are required for this course. Your portfolio should demonstrate strong artistic and design abilities. Your portfolio should be a carefully constructed selection of your work, preferably produced during your most recent course of study, and can include any personal work or projects that you feel are relevant to the course. All work should be well organised and presented. You should be prepared to discuss your work at interview as well as the designers and/or artists who have influenced you.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to include a relevant art and design subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level with a relevant art and design subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include a relevant higher subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £150
Materials, per year
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £100
Equipment, year 1
Field Trips £160
Field trip to Europe
Other: Printing & Exhibition Costs £100 - £250
£100 (Year 1& 2), £250 (Year 3)

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

Recent graduates have worked on such wide-ranging productions as Keith Lemon’s Celebrity Juice, BBC dramas Henry IV and Being Human, and feature films Jack the Giant Killer and Snow White and the Huntsman.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.