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.
You will be offered a choice of briefs to work from and are at liberty to choose one or more of these throughout the duration of the course. Each will have a specific time frame for completion, varying from 1 to 7/8 days. You will have the option of working to several shorter briefs, or alternatively one that might take the whole course to respond to and finalise.
You will be encouraged to have an independent and personal input, and also to work in a group situation where appropriate. This approach echoes that of the real world in prop making. Very often in industry team work is of high importance in order to deliver props of high quality, on time, and according to the set brief.
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 deadlines. This is an exciting, challenging and creative course.
You will be encouraged to respond to at least 2 briefs, one of which is collaborative.
This course 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 choice of given briefs you will explore and experiment in the following disciplines:
Contextual research and design development
Drawing and designing skills
Model boxes where appropriate
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 fabrication of various materials
Appropriate use of paint effects and finishes
Working in collaboration and in a team situation where appropriate
Time management and working to a deadline.
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
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. There will be 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.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details