What is the course about?
The prop making industry revolves around problem solving, working to a brief, team work and delivering on time. This comprehensive course will introduce you to the challenges of being a prop maker and working to such specifications. The course is based on a collaborative group project, although each student will be encouraged to have an independent and personal input. You will develop ideas, then explore a range of relevant materials and techniques to produce your concept successfully in three dimensions. You will be interpreting and realising a brief,
and working to a deadline. This is an exciting, challenging and creative course, and your final work will be exhibited. It is ideal for students who have already completed part 1 of the 'Introduction to prop making for film,TV, theatre and display' course or an alternative introductory prop making course and wish to learn more about the industry - you will be introduced to progression routes for further study and/ or potential employment.This is a great addition to your CV if you are starting out in prop making as it focuses on working to a brief and realising an end product. Team work and collaboration is a vital skill needed for working in the prop making industry and this course enables you to gain this experience.
What will we cover?
Working to a given brief you will explore and experiment in the following disciplines:
- Contextual research and design development
- Drawing and designing skills
- Working with and understanding scale
- Realisation of ideas and concepts in three dimensions
- Relevant skills appropriate to your design ideas, which could include sculpting in clay or sculpey, carpentry, life casting, mould making and casting, Polystyrene and Styrofoam carving, and fabricating
- Appropriate use of paint effects and finishes
- Working in collaboration and in a team situation
- Working to a deadline and learning installation skills.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- understand and interpret a prop making brief
- understand the design process and relevance of research
- design and develop a concept into three dimensions according to the brief
- analyse, plan and select appropriate techniques and processes to initiate a required 3D outcome
- identify the demands and advantages of working collaboratively
- have realised your individual ideas and concepts successfully into three dimensions
- have made a significant contribution to final installation
- identify areas within the prop making industry that might use your specific area of work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intensive course that is intended for those who have done part 1 of the Introduction to prop making course or have equivalent experience. It is not suitable for absolute beginners.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Brainstorming, group discussion and one-to-one tutorials will all play an important part in this vibrant course. This is a collaborative project, but with plenty of opportunity for you to develop your ideas on an individual basis, in pairs, or more collectively should you choose providing you are responding to the brief. You will be given practical advice to help you realise your ideas in three dimensions as effectively as possible, and given the opportunity to work with different techniques and processes. Although this is not mandatory, there will be an option to develop work outside of class and you will be encouraged to visit London’s vibrant museums and art galleries to gather ideas. Research is a key word when we talk about design, and history gives us plenty of material to work with. You will be shown examples of work from relevant practising artists, sculptors and prop makers and you will receive information about progression routes available to you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a small sketch pad, drawing materials i.e. pencils, graphite, pen, a tablet if you have one, and messy working clothes or overalls, and sturdy shoes. A camera/phone camera would be good to record processes and development. Basic materials are provided, although depending on the ambition of your design, you may need to purchase or source further materials. In this case you will be advised by the tutor in class about what/where to buy.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Your tutor will discuss progression possibilities with you, either in terms of further study, or possible employment avenues.