General information about applying for our undergraduate courses and the interview process.
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Studying on the Prop Making pathway of the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice course, you will:
Prop Making reaches into all areas of the entertainment industry – theatre, film, television, window display, model animation, community arts, museum installation and replication work.
The Prop Maker will work with designers and directors to produce what is required for each individual outcome. It is rare to make the same thing twice and, as such, the Prop Maker has to be ingenious, quick-thinking, explorative, dexterous, enjoy problem solving and have a love of materials and all things three-dimensional.
The work can range from small, intricate, hand-held reproduction props, to largescale, articulated structures, but will always require excellent artistic and creative skills. Working independently or as part of a team, accurately and to deadlines, the Prop Maker will cover the broadest ranges of materials and techniques.
You will gain experience and a high level of technical competence, working with a wide range of prop making materials and techniques in Central’s first-class facilities, including sculpting skills, casting techniques, welding, polystyrene carving, vacuum forming, carpentry, life casting, paint finishing and texturing. You will develop skills in research, analysis, collaboration and design interpretation, as well as strong technical drawing skills and an understanding of colour theories and working to scale. You will also cultivate a broad understanding of period styles and aesthetics.
You will be offered a range of opportunities to develop excellent and comprehensive prop making skills as part of a prop making team, including on public productions at Central, working closely with students of other theatre disciplines in order to develop an overall understanding of performance and theatre production. You will also undertake placements in the industry to develop a full CV and further extend your skills. In the final year you will participate in an exhibition to present a portfolio of best work, to which industry professionals are invited to attend.
Our standard academic entry requirements range between 120 and 64 UCAS tariff points. You can see how many tariff points your qualifications would gain on the UCAS Tariff Calculator. International qualifications and others not covered within the UCAS tariff can also be accepted. Please email us if you need further clarification.
Please note that we make lower offers (including unconditional) to exceptional candidates and those who have alternative or prior experience to offer. All candidates invited to interview are asked to bring a portfolio. Interview and portfolio are key factors in determining which applicants are accepted on to the course.
For information on alternative entry requirements please see www.ucas.com.
We particularly encourage applications from groups currently under-represented in higher education, such as students with disabilities and members of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups. Find out more information on Central’s commitment to equality and diversity.
Find out more about the interview process for this course.
Each year Central hosts a number of interviews outside of the UK, with a team of tutors from Central traveling to meet applicants. The international interviews are designed to replicate the London-based interview experience in every aspect (other than a tour of our site!). See our Event Finder for listings of upcoming interview locations and dates.
Graduated 2016, recent credits include Assistant Prop Maker for Madama Butterfly and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, (Designer Nicky Shaw), as Prop Maker for Five Guys Named Moe (Underbelly Productions in association with Cameron Mackintosh), Star Trek The Exhibition (Bower Wood Production Services), and Prop Maker/Fabricator, window display for Charles Tyrwhitt (Harlequin Design Ltd).
Prop Making taught me such a variety of skills and I was able to be involved in a range of projects. Some of my favourite things I got to make on the course include a puppet goat, an extravagant clock and an Edwardian corset. There is also a big emphasis on work experience. I feel these industry placements are invaluable as they allow you to work with professional companies and freelancers, which can then help you to obtain work once leaving Central.
Through project work and regular close contact with industry professionals and recent graduates, you are prepared to enter the industry by your final year.
From the second year onwards, you have the opportunity to arrange placements. These include a variety of genres, such as live arts, devised and collaborative works, text/character-based play productions, film, large-scale community arts events, museum installation and television.
The opportunities offered through placements ensure that each student graduates with a full and professional CV, showing a wide range of industry contacts and dynamic experiences.
You will benefit from the established links the course has with some of the best prop making and associated companies and entertainment practitioners in the UK and beyond, such as:
Through placements, students have worked with these and other companies in the areas of film work, theatre, community arts, museum installation, television productions and window display.
Students have recently engaged in festivals and events, such as the Glastonbury Festival, Rio Carnival, WOMAD, Thames Festival, Hatton Garden Festival, and at Circus Space and the Roundhouse, and museum installations in the UK, Europe, United Arab Emirates and Egypt.
There have been opportunities to work in television and film on productions such as Doctor Who, Harry Hill, Thor, Snow White And The Huntsman and a range of children’s television productions. Students have also worked on store window displays including Fortnum and Mason, Harvey Nichols and Ted Baker.
Many other opportunities come through the network of graduates already well placed in theatre, film and television, and contacts made with the professional designers that you will work with on public productions at Central.
Michael Taylor, Simon Kenny, Mike Bell, Darryl Worbey, Nic Webb, Laura Brooke, Mark Chapman, Ruari Murchison, Bob Bailey, Tracy Lilley, Simon Basketter, Ollie Cooper.
Graduate employment and career pathways include:
Beverley Webb (2008) is a Prop Maker for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Mould Maker for Madame Tussauds.
Bryony Tyrrell (2008) has previously been Prop Costume Maker for film and television productions such as Thor, Avengers and Snow White and the Huntsmen.
Liam Harrison (2014) is a Prop Maker for Royal Opera House.
Charlotte Maudsley (2012) is Company Director of Props Unlimited.
Simon Paraskevas (2014) has worked in Special Effects for TV Miniseries, The Hollow Crown, and film credits include Special Effects for Beauty and The Beast, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Trespass Against Us.
View profiles of Prop Making students graduating in 2018.