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Set Design for Film and TV (Production Design) HNC/HND

Pearson BTEC HNC/HND Diploma in Art and Design supported by Chichester College

Set yourself for a career in an art department in the British film and television industry

Love film? Excited by the creative process? Do you have artistic flair and an eye for design? If so, have you ever considered designing for film and working as an art director or production designer? This course will develop your skills and working practice in preparation for a career in the art department in the film, television and related industries.

This design course gives students a solid grounding in film art direction and production design processes. Students learn the practical skills to take an idea from script to delivery in both theoretical and live projects and have the opportunity to actualize their designs in the film school studio and/or on location on film school shoots.

The programme is structured around three main projects; a work placement on a set design project, a personal project developing specialist art direction skills (such as drafting and model making) and a final live project on a short film, employing skills acquired during the year. The project work will be undertaken alongside workshops and studio study, incorporating theory, research and practical skills to give a holistic understanding of the design process and contextual base on which to develop professional working methods.

Progression from the HNC 1st year is to the 2nd year HND Level 5, equivalent to the second year of a degree.

Art and design skills taught on this course are transferable to, and relevant for, wide ranging career paths and professions. They are useful tools on the route to installation based work, theatre design, exhibition and interior design and project management.

Please do not let finances be a barrier to your learning. Studying at the Brighton Film School is extremely valuable in terms of the training, qualifications, industry contacts and value in terms of gaining a practical showreel. There are also lots of freelancing opportunities through the film school and our study hours are flexible so you can maintain work commitments throughout. Studying for a HNC/HND is usually significantly cheaper than going to University and you can progress onto a 3rd year to top your HND up to a BA (hons) should you wish.

The Set Design for Film and TV (Production Design) HNC /HND attracts a wide variety of filmmaker - including College leavers, mature students, practicing media professionals and European applicants.

Study mode:

This course is run as a 2 year full-time HE course, with 2 days a week in film school. You will be expected to complete assignments, research and be creative outside of these 2 days, but the course is structured so that you are able to work part-time to help you fund your studies.

Start dates:

This course starts in September.

Final qualification:

BTEC Edexcel Higher National Certificate Level 4 (year 1)

BTEC Edexcel Higher National Diploma Level 5 (year 2)


Progression routes are usually into the film industry straight away whilst others may explore continuing their studies at another University. A third year of study would top your qualification up to a BA (Hons).

Entry requirements:

Selection is by application and interview with a portfolio preferred. A degree in a related discipline and/or evidence of industry experience or evidence of artistic endeavor or creativity is required. We accept students from a variety of backgrounds.

Applicants who are non-native English speakers, or who have not studied the final two years of school in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard commensurate to:

  • IELTS 5.5, with a minimum of 5.0 being awarded on individual sections, for a level 4 or 5 qualification
  • IELTS 6.5 for a level 6 or 7 qualification
  • PTE Academic score of 42 to 49, for a level 4 or 5 qualification
  • PTE Academic score of 58 to 64, for a level 6 or 7 qualification

Course fees:

Please see our fees page. You can apply for student loans to help cover your tuition fees.

Collaborating with Chichester College:

With the backing of the facilities, processes and resources of Chichester College, Brighton Film School is able to focus on delivering a quality provision to our students.

Our students are registered at Chichester College and have access to the facilities at the college as well as being Brighton Film School students.  Chichester College benefits from having a large cohort of high achieving students and a progression route for their students.

How to apply:

You can apply for this course directly through our website or via UCAS.

If you are applying via UCAS, you will need the following codes: course code H038, institution code C57, campus code F.

You can download more information about the Set Design for Film and TV (Production Design) HND here.